Local Boy Raising Money for Cancer Research
3/3/2013 (Updated 11:04:44 PM)ENDICOTT -- Over the past three years, Anthony McManus has raised nearly $10,000 dollars for an annual fundraiser for St. Baldricks Foundation-- an organization searching for a cure for cancer. He was inspired to make a difference after his great-grandfather was diagnosed with leukemia-- and died this past November.
"It was tough for the whole family. You got that firsthand feeling of what it's like to lose someone to cancer," said Anthony's grandfather, Donald McManus.
And Anthony has chosen to focus on helping kids.
"I would hate to feel what parents feel when they have to deal with their kids passing away from leukemia," said Anthony McManus.
So every day after school, Anthony goes door-to-door with his grandfather asking for donations. And Anthony says his work is fulfilling.
"Knowing people have more of a personal connection makes me feel good because i think it makes them feel good," said Anthony.
Anthony chose to have this year's portion of his proceeds go to aid a Vestal girl with Leukemia. And when the fundraiser ends in April, he will shave his head and donate his hair to cancer victims. And how does he look bald?
"Better than he does with long hair," said his grandfather.
And although Anthony is already the fundraiser's top earner in the area, he doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.
"Pretty much i'm going to do this for the rest of my life, as much as I can," says Anthony.
If you're interested in learning more about St. Baldrick's foundation and helping Anthony's cause, you can visit his page at http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/591423/2013.
Samantha McDonald, Fox 40 HD News.
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