SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 9-year-old Springfield boy is selling his baseball cards to raise money for his friend who has brain cancer.
Brady Kahle has been collecting baseball cards since he was 3-years-old. “I just like collecting them.”
But on Sunday Brady started selling his cards at the Chicopee Boys & Girls Club at the Cards and Collectibles Show that is held regularly.
“My friend Landen he has brain cancer so I’m going to sell some cards to try and make some money for him,” said Brady Kahle of Springfield.
Landen Palatino is 8-years-old and was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer. He had brain surgery to remove a grade four tumor last month.
Landen is more into Pokemon trading cards, but enjoys hanging out with Brady whatever the cards may be. “I’ll trade some with him. It’s a Pokemon trading game,” said Palatino of Springfield.
The two boys play baseball in the same league but different divisions. Brady says he’s a catcher, Landen an outfielder.
For any card collector it’s difficult to part with one that has significant value but Brady says he’s willing to do it as long as his cards go towards a cause.
“My heart strings just melted you know, pretty proud.”
Brady’s mother said he was the one that came up with the idea. “I hope he grows up to be the exact boy that he is today. Make me cry, but I hope that he remembers this forever and has this heart forever,” said Jessie Kahle.
The boy’s mothers went to high school together and have been friends ever since. “It’s incredible you know when Jessie told me that Brady came up with this idea all on his own to help us you know my jaw dropped to the ground. You know for a 9-year-old to get this. It’s awesome! It is awesome, said Tina Palantino, Landen’s mother.
Brady’s 6-year-old sister is also selling $5 Love for Landen bracelets. The entire Kahle family is routing for Landen to round the bases reach the healthy home plate safely.
“He’s very tough and he always keeps his hopes up.”
“You know the whole family has just warmed my heart in such a horrible situation so…,” said Palatino.
Whatever may be on the cards, both boys know a good trade when they see one.
“These are good cards.”
And it’s a friendship that no card could ever be worth trading for.