SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – A 9-year-old Springfield boy continues to sell his baseball cards to raise money for his friend who has brain cancer.
“Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.” The words of the baseball star Roberto Clemente resonated with Jim Kahle when he was a boy and he passed them on to his 9-year-old grandson Brady.
Jim Kahle said, “People donating these things is amazing.”
Brady Kahle has been selling his baseball cards and sports memorabilia to raise money for his 8-year-old friend Landen Palatino’s cancer treatment. Brady said, “There’s been a lot of donations and so far we’ve raised about $10,000.”
It was the third time Cards for a Cause has been set up at the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club for the regularly held Cards and Collectibles show. The crowds have doubled at the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club since the Cards for a Cause was started about a couple of months ago, and people aren’t just interested in collecting cards; they are also interested in donating.
Landen wasn’t at the most recent card show, but has been able to go to school part time. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma – a form of brain cancer that is rare in children, and recently made it through his first round of chemotherapy.
Joe Garrity, the Cards & Collectables Card Show, organizer said, “To have that kind of empathy for a close friend and be able to do that. There’s a lot of adults that wouldn’t even be able to do that so I think he’s an exceptional young man.”
The boy’s mothers went to high school together, and watch their sons play baseball in the same league.
Jesse Kahle, Brady’s mother said, “I’m getting contacted by people all over the world, this thing is getting huge and he was excited for the opportunity to help more kids.”
Another old schoolmate of Brady’s mother had a son that was recently diagnosed with leukemia. So Brady added the 7-year-old Ben to the Cards for a Cause roster.
Steve Petig, Brady’s Stepfather said, “Giving whatever he needs to give to help somebody else out, which is just amazing and we’re proud of him. You know it’s not even like he has to think about it, it’s just there so he just wants to help.”
On April 21st Brady and Landen have been invited by the Red Sox for a recognition ceremony before a ball game.