CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - One plush toy at a time, a Chesterfield community is rallying around a little boy fighting cancer. 19-month-old Wyatt was diagnosed nearly a year ago with Neuroblastoma.
It's called Cow For A Cause, and each cow costs $10. The money raised will go toward medical bills.
The little guy has been through a lot in his young life, starting with a cancer diagnosis just 10 months ago. "He was about 16 pounds at the time, and they said it was about half of his body weight," his mother Brittany Brown says.
After undergoing chemo, the decision was made to have surgery. However, little did the family know, that was about the same time the employees at the Chester Chick-fil-A decided to take up their cause. "We felt like they were part of us," explains employee Chris Meade.
Wyatt's parents met when they worked there years ago, endearing themselves to their co-workers, like Meade, or "Ms. Chris," as she's known.
"I've been selling cows to the people, and I tell them, 'I'm selling cows, but it's for a good cause,'" she says.
Over Thanksgiving, the family traveled to New York where Wyatt underwent surgery at the renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital. Doctors believe they got all of the cancer, but there's a chance it could come back so they'll continue monitoring him.
In the meantime, Wyatt is a normal little boy, and his parents say they can't believe the kindness that has been shown to them. "We were just so blessed by everybody in the community, our families. We've learned so much about giving that there really are people out there that care," says Brown.
While the family says they're thankful for the money, they say the greatest gift this holiday season is a healthy little boy.
Chick-fil-A estimates it has already collected more than $2,000.
You can buy a cow for the cause to help Wyatt and his family by stopping at the Chick-fil-A in Chester, located at 2900 W. Hundred Road.
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