Boy Sells Pokemon Cards to Fund Dog's Treatment, Raises $17,000 on GoFundMe

An 8-year-old boy who wanted to sell his Pokemon cards to pay for his sick dog's treatment has received more than $17,000 in donations.

Bryson Kliemann, from Lebanon, Virginia, has been praised for his selfless behavior after he decided to sell his most prized possession, his Pokemon card collection, to raise money for his four-month-old dog, Bruce.

Bruce was rushed to the vet after feeling unwell, where it was discovered that the dog had parvo, which is a contagious virus that can be lethal if left untreated. The treatment to save Bruce's life would have cost Bryson's family around $700, which they couldn't afford.

Bryson told local station WBMA how he felt when Bruce got sick: "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."

He decided to take matters into his own hands. Despite his parents telling him not to, he set up a stall outside his home and began selling the cards that he had been collecting for four years.

Kimberly Woodruff, Bryson's mother, shared what her son was doing on Facebook, and people soon began lining up at his stall. In just two days, Bryson raised $400.

But then, people began donating without expecting a Pokemon card in return. Some people even gave Bryson their own Pokemon cards.

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A GoFundMe page was set up with the goal of raising $800. At the time of writing, the fundraiser has received $17,900 in donations, with nearly 600 people donating towards Bruce's treatment.

Those who donated included Tam Pham, who said: "Thank you for loving your sweet puppy as much as you do. He'll love you more than you'll ever know."

One donor, Sam Obermyer, said: "Keep doing good for others, especially animals and those who can't help themselves. You're lucky to have Bruce and Bruce is very lucky to have you. God bless you all."

The family decided to use the additional money raised from GoFundMe to help other sick animals in Southwest Virginia. They donated to a local animal shelter and told the local vet that they had help cover treatment costs for pet owners who cannot afford them.

The money has so far helped three other families with their veterinary bills. Woodruff told the Washington Post: "We definitely want to pay it forward. It's a horrible situation to be in. Knowing other families go through the same thing, we want to help."

Woodruff updated the fundraiser on Monday to say that Bruce is home and "doing amazing."

She also said: "We are continuing to help other dog families in our community. As Bryson's mother, I can't thank everyone enough for the love and support you have shown Bryson. It truly shows that there is still a lot of good left in this world."

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Stock image of a boy holding his dog's face. An eight-year-old boy raised more than $17,000 after offering to sell his Pokemon cards to raise money for his dog's treatment. sonyae/Getty