“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” ~ Ulysses S. Grant
Ten-year-old Brady Kahle would have been the kind of friend Ulysses S. Grant wanted. Brady, from Springfield, Massachusetts, is the kind of friend who offers more than words of support when his friends are down and out. He seems to prefers action to words.
So when Brady learned that Ben Manzi, age 7, was diagnosed with Leukemia, and a month later Landon Palatino, age 9, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, glioblastoma. He started putting things into action.
Kahle, a big fan of sports—especially baseball, was an avid collector of baseball cards. He loved collecting those cards and reading and learning all about his baseball heroes. As much as he loved those cards, Brady loved his friends a whole lot more.
He came to the conclusion that the most practical way he could help give his two friends what they and their families needed most: money for their medical expenses. That’s when this young man decided to make some money to give to them by selling his baseball card collection.
Jessie Kahle, Brady’s mom, told ABC News “Proud seems like such a small word for what we feel.”
“How selfless he’s been has been pretty incredible. The way he’s so proud of what he’s doing. He’s always coming up with new ways to make it better and make it bigger. He’s so excited to make a difference,” she said.
With the collaborative effort with The Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee, Massachusetts Brady created a fundraiser he called Cards for a Cause.
Brady’s personal collection of cards was a treasured assortment he had started collecting at the age of 3. That collection had grown in value over the next seven years to become worth $13,000. One card of the infamous Mickey Mantle was sold for $150 alone!
Brady compounded his efforts by starting to sell other things as well. From autographed baseball cards, bobbleheads, and photos, to hockey sticks and t-shirts, nothing was off limits. His efforts to help his friends were multiplied by people who generously donated their own sports memorabilia as well.
When you are on the receiving end of someone making such selfless efforts to help your family, what can you possibly say to that kind of generosity? Both the Manzi and Palatino families were beyond grateful.
“Most children Brady’s age would never want to give up cherished items, and the fact that Brady, wanted to sell his beloved cards to help us, is beyond heartwarming,” Palatino’s mom said, “Landen has always looked up to Brady and I think this just makes him look up to him even more.”
Video Source: Inside Edition