Ashley, Luzerne County - A little boy battling cancer in Luzerne County has captured the hearts of many. We introduced you to Collin Manheim three weeks ago, when his dad asked the community to send his son greeting cards to keep him fighting for his life but now it has snowballed into so much more.
The community has fallen in love with seven year old Collin Manheim. Collin has been battling cancer since he was just two years old and his story has personally touched so many, "I have a grandson named Collin and I'm so lucky that he is healthy and when I saw this you just have to give something to someone. It's payback time"
We'll call her Nana. She would like to remain anonymous. Nana was busy knitting scarves and giving them away for free when she saw Collins' story on Eyewitness News. Collin's dad was asking the community to mail his son greeting cards to keep him fighting.
Nana says, "When I heard about the story, I thought I could probably raise some money for him."
Nana started knitting and never stopped. She began selling the scarves for fifteen dollars apiece, donating both the yarn and her time. Within just a few days she sold 35 scarves, collecting more money than she had originally hoped, "My goal was 300 and now I'm up to 500 so I don't know how much more I can knit because I think I'm getting carpel tunnel!"
This Friday, December 21st, Collin will celebrate one year since a transplant that saved his life. He will open all the cards and gifts sent to him from the community. Nana says she will personally drop the money off at Collin's home in hopes of making his Christmas just a little brighter. Nana hopes her small act of kindness will motivate others to do the same, in a time when our world needs it most, "I've been fortunate. I did have a good job and people were always very generous to me and I just think it's time to give back."