Cans For Dad A Huge Success

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Update: Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yesterday, we introduced you to a little boy on a mission. 7 year-old Reed Sanderson is trying to raise money for his dad's liver transplant. His own idea was to begin collecting aluminum cans. It's something he and his dad have done in the past.

"I didn't know we would get this much," Reed said as he helped load a third dumpster full of cans.

A lot is an understatement. Reed Sanderson set out to collect as many aluminum cans as he could in order to raise money for his dad's liver transplant. The Sandersons have insurance, but mom and dad both have lost their jobs because of this crisis. The money Reed makes will help pay for out-of-pocket travel expenses between Wichita and Kansas City, where the surgery will be done.

"I honestly thought that it would be something that his grandpa would go out and take him to do since I was not able to," said Brian Sanderson as he sat in a truck and watched. Sanderson is too sick to help. "Instead, he put out a couple fliers here in town and it just blossomed to what this is now."

All morning, a steady stream of people filled the Leeker's Grocery Store parking lot to drop off their "Cans For Dad." By noon, three semi loads had been filled and Reed began working on his fourth.

"He's so excited," explained Stephanie Sanderson, Reed's mother. "Every time someone comes with a truck full, he's right there to help take whatever he can and help in whatever way he can."

Some people even brought money, which the Sanderson's never dreamed of.

"There have been people that say 'We don't drink pop. We don't have cans. Here's a cash donation instead' and, honestly, that is not what I expected. Never did I expect that. I just expected a trailer full of cans."

A little boy is happy and hopeful that his dad's life will soon be saved.

"I'm happy because we got a lot of cans," Reed said. "My dad might get a liver now."

If you were not able to make it to Reed's can drive Saturday, but would still like to help out, you can contact Stephanie Sanderson at 316-619-3993.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A little boy is doing what he can to help his father... Collecting aluminum cans for his dad's surgery. The touching story is getting a lot of attention in one Wichita suburb.

His name is Reed Sanderson. Reed's dad Brian became sick last March, but it wasn't until July that doctors discovered Brian had a rare disease that attacks the liver. Little Reed had an idea.

"Reed Sanderson, age 7, is asking for your help," Reed says as he reads from a flier he has put up around Valley Center.

This little boy is on a mission to save his dad's life. Earlier this year, Brian Sanderson was diagnosed with vanishing bile duct syndrome. The Sandersons have insurance, but both have now lost their jobs. Brian because he was too sick and Stephanie because she's taking care of Brian full time.

"It's just been wonderful, the response we've gotten out of this when we just expected maybe to get a truckload of cans," explains Stephanie Sanderson.

Reed plastered Valley Center businesses with his signs. Saturday, he will be at the Valley Center Leeker's grocery store asking you to bring your cans to him so he can cash them in.

"I didn't know my dad would have to get a liver transplant," Reed said as he sits near his brother and sister. "So we're trying to collect as many cans as we can. Braden doesn't get it, but Haley does. That's why she's sitting up here with me."

Reed's dad is on a waiting list for a new liver. The family has already made numerous trips to Kansas City to see a specialist. The surgery will be done there.

"He is having his can drive from 9am to 2pm at the Leeker's in Valley Center," explains Stephanie Sanderson. "Kamen will be bringing a semi to fill, hopefully, with cans."

"We're going to get a lot of cans," Reed says. "My mom hopes we get the whole entire semi filled with cans."

Without the liver transplant, Brian Sanderson has been told he'll die. Kamen Recycling is giving Reed 10 extra cents per pound for all the cans he brings in. In the last few weeks, the Sanderson's have cashed in about 700 pounds worth of aluminum cans.

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