8-year-old Shaylee Klaes of North Tonawanda came up with the unique idea to raise money for the Lost Limbs Foundation, an organization that helps out amputee children and their families.
She will be walking on crutches for 24 hours. “It’ll show her trials and errors of what they may have to got through on a daily basis,” said her father, Dan Klaes. “I think we all take it for granted because we all have two legs.”
“I thought it would be fun to raise money to help kids,” said Shaylee Klaes.
She and her father are calling it the 24 hour Crutches Challenge. “We immediately started getting some donations and then we made a video just to show people and update people on what we’re doing,” said Dan Klaes.
“We we’re planning to to get 500 dollars,” said Shaylee Klaes. “We got way, way, way more.”
Shaylee has already raised more than a thousand dollars on Fundly but a basic prosthetic can be incredibly expensive.
“The cost is outrageous for the prosthetic, between $5,000 and $50,000 dollars for just for one arm or one leg for these kids,” said Dan Klaes. “So anything we can do to defer the cost for these families.”
After surpassing her first goal, Shaylee is now trying to raise $5,000 dollars. Her father says he’s proud of her and that she’s wise beyond her years. “At such a young age to think about others before yourself, it’s just amazing,” he said.
Shaylee hopes by walking a mile in someone else’s shoes , or in this case crutches, others will be inspired to help the cause. If you want to donate to Shaylee’s Fundly click here.