6-year-old boy sends incredibly heartfelt note with charity donation
Henry Sullivan, a 6-year-old boy from Wilmington, Delaware, may not have had that much money to his name -- but what he chose to do with his savings truly made an impact.
After accruing $11-- which, if you recall, is a small fortune in 6 year old terms -- Henry decided to send in his hard-earned cash to The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families affected by pediatric cancer.
"I am 6 years old. This is all my share money and I want to help kids with cancer," Henry wrote in his sweet letter.
Naturally, after witnessing all the incredible work the organization does, Henry decided it was his turn to get involved.
Joe McDonough, the Founder and President of the B+ Foundation, says his heart was warmed by Henry's letter, which he called "the epitome of 'Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer™'."
McDonough's incredible dedication to the cause stems from his family's own deeply personal tragedy — he lost his young son Andrew, an athlete and 'A' student, to cancer in July 2007.
Much like any of us, McDonough never imagined his own family could ever be affected by something like childhood cancer, until the unthinkable happened.
On January 27, 2007, a then 14-year-old Andrew seemed like the portrait of health -- he had lead his soccer team to victory in a Pennsylvania state championship tournament that very day.
But within 48 hours, he was in cardiac arrest.
After being rushed to the hospital, Andrew was diagnosed with AML Leukemia -- and the prognosis was grim.
Although doctors didn't expect Andrew to live through the night, he fought for a brave 167 days before tragically passing away on July 14, 2007.
Andrew's blood type — B+, or, Be Positive — became the mission upon which the organization was founded because, as Joe says, it reflects how his son lived his life and how he inspired others to do the same.
McDonough said that to see his organization's mission could really affect a child as young as 6-years-old Henry was very special to him.
"This letter just warmed my heart and energized me to keep fighting childhood cancers," he told AOL. "Not only was he so generous for sharing his $11, but he was also so kind to say that he was 'sad for Andrew.'"
"I'm feeling very optimistic about "kids these days,'" he added.
Learn more about the B+ Foundation here.