It breaks our hearts to see anyone diagnosed with terminal cancer, but when it’s a child, it’s especially devastating. However, when these brave warriors turn their struggles into something positive for others? It’s heartwarming and a true inspiration for all of us.
Such is the case of 6-year-old Tijn Kolsteren, a Dutch boy who is suffering from brain cancer and was told he has less than a year to live. According to radio station 3FM, Tijn has one request: to raise as much money as possible to make other kids’ lives better.
Tign’s father told several publications that his son was inspired to raise money for other children who might not even make it to the age of 6.
He’s doing so by partnering with 3FM Serious Request — an annual six-day, ’round-the-clock event where radio DJs come together to raise money for important causes. Tign offered manicures to listeners in exchange for a donation to the International Red Cross.
The 6-year-old painted nails at the station for a 1 euro donation and challenged those who left their nails bare to donate 10 euros. He encouraged others at home who couldn’t make it out to the event to paint their own nails and make a donation online, and then he asked them to challenge three of their friends to do the same by tagging them on social media using the hashtags #lakaan (which means “paint on” in Dutch) and #SR16.
Tijn’s selfless act is inspiring people all over the Netherlands to get a mani — from firefighters to local celebrities to even the Prime Minster, Mark Rutte! All of this has helped them raise over 2.6 million euros.
This has us counting our blessings and wishing the best for Tijn and his family.
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