EUGENE, Ore. — More than 10,000 kids will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society.
Saturday, a Eugene Boy Scout troop tackled the disease with a yard sale.
Troop 182 organized the yard sale in Eugene and they’re donating 100 percent of the proceeds to a non-profit called Gamerosity, which was started by a man who knows first-hand what the battle against cancer is like.
A kid waving a “yard sale” sign by the street seems like a typical, weekend yard sale. Except, this one on Echo Hollow Road in Eugene had a greater cause than to get rid of unwanted clutter.
“He wanted to do something to help kids who are fighting cancer,” said Kimberly Bruhn, who lost her son to cancer last year.
She’s talking about Manny Munoz, the executive director of Gamerosity.
“Games plus generosity,” said Bruhn.
Bruhn joined Munoz at the yard sale and she knows all too well what the organization is about.
“It’s a charity that helped my son so he could communicate with his friends,” said Bruhn.
Her son, Michael, was diagnosed with Leukemia. When he was 15-years-old, he met Munoz, someone who could relate.
“We just got a message saying there was a 15-year-old boy with Leukemia. I thought it was interesting because i was 15 when I was diagnosed with Lymphoma,” said Manny Munoz.
Being a cancer survivor himself, Munoz reached out and tried to help Michael the way someone helped him when he was going through treatment. He bought Michael an Xbox 360 to keep him busy during treatment.
“You cannot afford usually to buy something like that for your child because you’re paying a lot for medical or travel to go to the hospitals,” said Bruhn.
“We walked away and we felt great about it and we decided we could do this on a larger scale and help more kids who are going through it,” said Munoz.
Unlike Munoz, Michael lost the fight with cancer in August of 2013 but the relationship between Michael and Manny Munoz, was just the beginning of something extraordinary, masked as what may look like an ordinary yard sale.
“We’ve been doing this for a year and a half and 179 kids have been funded and I’ve gotten to the point where I put my hands up in the air and say, ‘Well, alright. What’s the next thing?’” said Munoz.
“It makes my heart feel good that we’re paying it forward. We’re helping kids,” said Bruhn.
Troop 182 raised $1,300 dollars today and all of that is going towards helping buy iPad Minis for kids with cancer.
If you know any children that are battling the disease or would like to donate, click here for more information.