When Bryson Kliemann’s Labrador mix Bruce got sick, he knew he had to do something to help. Bruce was only four months old, but the puppy’s lethargy and unresponsiveness prompted the family to take him to the vet, where he was diagnosed with the potentially lethal parvovirus. As a large vet bill drew close, Bryson’s family were unsure how to muster the money to pay for the beloved new pup, and he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Bryson is only eight years old and lives in Lebanon, Virginia, but has been collecting Pokémon cards since he was four. In true DIY lemonade-stand fashion, he decided to just post up on his lawn after school with a big wooden sign reading “Pokémon 4 Sale,” and parted with single cards from his collection to raise money to save his dog. In just two afternoons, he had amassed $400, some of which was drawn from sales, though some neighbors dropped off small donations.
The story of this ambitious dog-lover spread and grew into a significant GoFundMe campaign set up by Bryson’s mother. The message even reached the Pokémon Co. in Seattle, who sent Bryson a package featuring rare cards to help fill in the collection he had already sold, and then some. Posts of Bryson’s action went viral on Facebook and he was soon getting donations from all over the world.
At time of this writing, the GoFundMe that was set up has amassed upwards of $18,000, and a recent update seems to imply that Bryson’s family will be using portions of these funds to “help other dog families in our community.” Here’s hoping that the outpouring of generosity is put to great use.