Bryson Kliemann, like most 8-year-olds, loves Pokémon – the playing cards, video games, and television series.
However, Bryson and his mother Kimberly Woodruff of Lebanon, Virginia noticed their 4-month-old black Labrador Retriever puppy, Bruce, was sick, so they rushed him to the vet.
Woodruff told ABC News, “He is a very playful puppy, and he wasn’t really moving. He wasn’t coming out of his crate; he wasn’t eating.”
Diagnosed with parvo – a deadly contagious virus – Bruce’s treatment would cost an estimated $700.
Upon hearing the news from the vet, Bryson said, “It made me kind of sad because usually my brother and sister play together, and I don’t have anybody to play with. So, I usually play with him.”
To help his mom raise funds, Bryce started selling his Pokémon cards for $5 – $10.
When people learned through Facebook that Bryson was selling his cards to support his puppy, neighbors began donating without expecting to receive Pokémon cards. Additionally, Bryson’s mom created a GoFundMe for the treatment.
Bryson’s initial goal was to raise $800, however, once his story went viral Bryson raised more than $15,000.
Kimberly Woodruff updated the GoFundMe page after Bruce received his treatment with the following message:
“Bruce is now home with his family. He is doing great but still in recovery. We thank all of you for your continued love and support. Any further donations will be used to help other families and the animals.
“Bryson and I just want to thank everyone for all that you have done for us,” she added a few days later. “He has received a lot of love and support from all over the United States and has done well enough to help other families and reward himself as well.”
Source: People Magazine