Five-year-old boy sells monster drawings to fund cancer treatment

6th May 2011

A five-year-old boy in America is funding his own cancer treatment by selling imaginative drawings that he completes from his hospital bed.

Aiden Reed's family were facing losing their home to fund chemo and other treatments, after the boy was diagnosed with cancer last September.

But once his auntie came up with the idea of selling the dozens of monster drawings that Aiden creates, the money came pouring in, the Daily Mail reported.

So far, more than 3,000 pictures, which are copied from originals and sent out, have been sold all around the world.

Dad Wylie said: "We are a very close family, and I think it is that that is helping us through this as well. I have been overwhelmed by the reaction to Aidan's drawings; I think for him as well it has been a great distraction from his illness. I am very proud of Aiden, we all are."

Aiden's condition is called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. It the most common cancer in children, making up 23 per cent of all cancer diagnoses for children under the age of 15.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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