An 8-year-old boy decided to sell his Pokemon card collection after learning that his sick dog needed an expensive treatment for a lethal infection.
Bryson Kliemann and his mom, Kimberly Woodruff, recently noticed that their 4-month-old puppy, Bruce, was unwell and needed medical treatment.
Bruce, who is usually "a very playful puppy," wasn't moving around very much.
"He wasn't coming out of his crate; he wasn't eating," Woodruff told ABC News.
Bruce was rushed to the vets by the family where he was diagnosed with parvo, a highly contagious dog virus which if left untreated, could be fatal.
A devastating blow for the family, particularly as the treatment for parvo is very expensive. At nearly $700, the family could not afford the procedure.
"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," Bryson told ABC News.
So, aware of his family's financial situation but unwilling to lose his friend, Bryson decided to do what he could to help.
Unknown to his mom, Bryson decided to set up a table with a sign reading "Pokemon 4 Sale," and start selling his Pokémon cards, which he'd spent the past 4 years collecting.
"While I'm in school, I get a text message with a picture of him and a sign on the side of the road selling Pokémon cards," Woodruff said.
"I know everybody likes Pokémon cards so I just decided to sell them," Bryson added.
Woodruff posted a picture of Bryson's efforts online to try and spread the word, but it did more than that as once people heard, they began donating money without the expectation of Pokemon cards in return.
Woodruff then set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the procedure with a target of $800.
However, thanks to the support of the community, donations have now reached more than $17,000 meaning Bruce has more than enough for his treatment.
On June 7, Woodruff shared an update on the GoFundMe page, revealing that Bruce had his treatment, writing: "Bruce is home and doing amazing. We are continuing to help other dog families in our community. As Bryson's mother, I can't thank everyone enough."
The money remaining from the GoFundMe will help to pay for Bruce's future vaccinations and other sick dogs in the community, ABC reports.
Woodruff also revealed on the page that "Bryson will also be able to reward himself for his selfless act to save our puppy."