Bryson Kliemann sold his prized cards to pay veterinary bills after his dog Bruce fell ill.
LEBANON, Virginia – When Bryson Kleinmann heard his dog was sick, he did the only thing he could think of to make sure the pup was better. He was sitting on the side of the road with a sign that said, “Pokémon Cards For Sale”.
In an online fundraiser, Bryson’s mother, Kimberly Woodruff, said the cards were his precious possession.
“He’s so concerned for our Bruce that he’s off the road trying to sell his favorite thing in the world just to make his pup better,” wrote Kimberly.
Bryson had been collecting the cards for half his life since he was only 4 years old.
Bruce, a 4 month old puppy, was diagnosed with Parvo, a potentially fatal viral infection, and treatment would be expensive.
“Bruce got sick and needed my help,” Bryson told the Washington Post. “I was super sad. I didn’t want to lose my best friend. “
Woodruff posted on social media about Bryson’s mission. After the news spread, the community wanted to help, and a GoFundMe page was set up with a goal of $ 800.
Bryson started selling his tickets on May 4th. The online fundraiser raised more than $ 23,000 from nearly 800 donors.
Neighbors donated their Pokémon cards to the cause and set up their own fundraisers.
The news even got through to an employee at Pokémon Co. in Seattle, who sent Bryson a box of rare cards to replace the ones he had to sell.
The family was able to cover Bruce’s treatment costs within days. Bruce is now back home with his family. He is still being treated and closely monitored.
Woodruff, inspired by the outpouring of kindness and support, decided to keep paying it.
She worked with the veterinary clinic where Bruce was treated to donate money to help other families pay veterinary bills, and donated some of the money to local animal shelters.
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