Collected by Bryson Kleemann (8 years old) Pokemon card Since his dad introduced him a trading card when he was four years old. His collection is hundreds of pieces and is stored in binders and lock boxes. Every Christmas, birthday, or holiday, he asks for a card.
“His Pokemon cards are his most important asset,” said his mother, Kimberly Woodruff, 26.
However, Bryson decides to sell an important card to save his dog’s life. That humble attitude has spread ripples throughout the country, raising thousands of donations for sick pets.
Bryson thanked USA TODAY for the people who helped his dog and said, “I’m glad everyone got together.”
A boy in Lebanon, Virginia, has been wanting a dog for years and was crying when he left the local animal shelter after his visit, Woodruff said.
In March, a friend’s dog had a puppy, and Woodruff adopted Bruce, a four-month-old black lab mix. Soon, Bryson and Bruce had an inseparable relationship.
“They are best friends,” Woodruff said. “They love each other.”
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But Bruce, once a “very playful puppy,” suddenly got stuck in his cage and began to lose weight, Woodruff said.
Bruce was diagnosed Parvo, infectious virus It can be fatal if left untreated. Woodruff was given Bruce’s self-administered vaccine containing parvovirus to save money, but was unaware that it needed to be refrigerated.
Veterinarians told Woodruff that the first three days of Bruce’s treatment would cost $ 655, and warned that Bruce could need thousands of dollars to be admitted to a veterinary clinic overnight. It was a price that my family couldn’t buy.
The next morning, Woodruff explained the situation to Bryson. “Mom, I don’t want Bruce to die,” he said in tears. “Pray not to die”
After school, Bryson came home with a plan. He took out a lot of paperwork from his backpack. He sold his collection to save the puppy.
At first, Woodruff discouraged Bryson. “We will solve this,” she said. “Don’t worry.”
But the next day, Woodruff sent him a photo of Bryson sitting at a table in the front yard and a wooden sign that says “Pokemon 4 Sale” in a phph blood class. Woodruff shouted.
“It was heartwarming, but it was painful to see,” she said. “I didn’t want him to have to worry about this. That’s my job. But I saw him so selfless and raised him this way. It made me realize that it was the right thing. “
Slowly, a few neighbors gathered around the Pokemon card stand and thought the boy was just selling cards for extra pocket money. But what is it for? When I learned about it, rumors began to spread.
“It started with a few neighbors, who told people, more, and so on,” Woodruff said.
Woodruff shared a photo of Bryson at a local Facebook group stand and wanted more neighbors to stop by. She said she didn’t expect an “overwhelming influx of support.” It was.
Some of her friends in Michigan asked her to set up GoFundMe for Bryson. Because they are too far away to directly support the stand.So Woodruff made A page called “A boy trying to save a dog”.
“I know I’ve raised him right,” GoFundMe explains. “He’s so worried about our blues that he has a golden heart and is trying to sell his favorite stuff all over the world just to make his puppy better.
As the story spread and flooded with donations online, dozens of people lined up at Bryson’s stand. The boy sold each card for $ 5 to $ 10 and raised $ 400 in just two afternoons.
Some neighbors brought their Pokemon card collection and handed Bryson their cards to replenish the collection. Others donated money and dog supplies.
Bryson’s grandfather, David Cole Jr., said the family received messages of support from people in China, Australia and Ireland.
“Given everything that happened in the last year and a half, we need the sun,” he said. “But for Bryson, all he knew was that the puppy was sick. And he will do whatever it takes to save the puppy. “
Bryson has also been invited to the National Dog Show in November. And when a Seattle Pokemon employee noticed Bryson’s efforts, the company sent him a pack of rare Pokemon cards.
“When he opened them, he was” stunned, “Woodruff said.
Woodruff said her son, who explained she was shy and introverted, was overwhelmed by the attention. After a local news station interviewed him, he “just wanted to be a child” to his mother. said.
“I never expected this,” Woodruff said. “It gave hope to humanity. It’s just beautiful to see people come together and help my little boy. . “
So far, GoFundMe has raised over $ 19,500. Woodruff decided to contact a local shelter or veterinary clinic to use the surplus money to pay the necessary costs or to help a family struggling to pay for their dog’s medical care. Woodruff and Bryson have helped four families pay for their dogs’ medical bills.
Meanwhile, Bruce “returned ten times more than normal,” Woodruff said.
Woodruff said the story of Bryson and Bruce hopes to vaccinate dogs and warn people not to rely on self-administered vaccines unless they have used them.
“I hope this story helps people understand that there is still something good in the world,” she said. “I am in a small town in Lebanon, Virginia. I’m amazed at the turmoil of support for the boy and his dog. Who would have thought? “
This article was originally published in USA TODAY. A boy selling precious Pokemon cards to save the life of a sick dog