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Friends Raising Money For Boy's Chemotherapy

July 31, 2009, 6:11 PM by Courtney Zieller

Friends Raising Money For Boy's Chemotherapy
A Rapid City boy is in the fight of his life. Doctors found a cancerous tumor in 10-year old Dylan Robert's knee. Although he's undergoing chemotherapy, doctors decided it would be best to amputate part of his leg.

After friends and family heard the news, they decided to help pay for medical costs. The fundraiser they're having is bringing out the best in people of all ages.

Austin Benning is out rummaging with his Grandma today, and the 12-year-old quickly found out this sale is different from the others.

"I think its for a really good cause to try and help cancer and help people survive," Austin Benning said.

This sale was inspired by 10-year-old Dylan Roberts, who was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer.

"Words can't really describe it. You hear about it all the time on the news, but when it's close to home and it hits home, it's like wow," Doug Schuster said

Schuster is a family friend who wanted to help.

"We were looking at fundraisers but the way the economy is and everything, someone mentioned a rummage sale. Everyone goes to rummages, so we started putting out some flyers and going to rummages ourselves, told people our story and they just started donating," Schuster said.

From books to clothes to household items -- everything at the sale was donated. All of the money will help a boy who loves sports.

"When we got the first donation, right then we were like this is all worth it," Schuster said.

Thursday was the first day of the rummage sale and organizers raised more than $1,100. They're hoping to raise more today.

"Our first goal is to hit $2,500 because Modern Woodman is matching up to $2,500," Schuster said.

While the money is being raised, Roberts is undergoing chemo and awaiting his leg amputation surgery at the end of August.

"So far he's coping better than his parents are. His ultimate goal is to be able to skateboard and he's actually doing really good and hanging in there," Schuster said.

And shoppers like Benning wish him the best.

"I hope he pulls through," Benning said.

The rummage sale is at 4008 W 90th Street in Sioux Falls. There is also a raffle with various items such as a fish finder, sport memorabilia and gift cards.

The sale will be held Friday, July 31st from 9 a.m. until midnight and Saturday, August 1st from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you'd like to send a cash donation, call Doug Schuster at (605) 929-4020.

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