A second-grade student at Community Christian School in Bradenton knows the meaning of putting others first. For months, 8-year-old Jeffrey Holz has been saving up for the Lego set he’s always wanted.
But with a $100 price tag, it wasn’t easy.
“Birthday money, Christmas money,” listed Jeffrey. “Earning money from cleaning, earning money working at the cafe at church.”
By the middle of January, Jeffrey was just $12 short of his goal. Then he learned about a senior at his school who’s been fighting cancer, and decided he had a new plan for his hard-earned cash.
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“He said that cancer was more important than a Lego set,” said his mother, Meredith. “And that he felt like he really wanted to give all of his money. So he asked me if I would go the bank to get his money out, and said I had to get it for that next day.
Richard Gallop, 17, was diagnosed with cancer back in September. As an athlete with his sights set on college next year, staying positive has been challenging.
On Wednesday, Richard and Jeffrey met face-to-face for the first time.
“I was ecstatic but confused at the same time,” said Richard. “Because that’s a big, big thing to do.”
The boys shared a high-five and a few smiles and became fast friends.