»I still don’t understand what happened,« says Ana Jerak, the mother of nineteen-month-old Kris with a congenital muscular disease.
The family managed to raise a lot of money in less than five days. Even more than they need for a very expensive drug that can save the boy’s life.
This would not have been possible without the help of many around Slovenia who helped raise money.
One of the first to find out about Kris’ story was television presenter Edi Pucer. Kris’s grandfather told him that they are considering raising money to help him. At the same time, Kris’s parents also turned to other media.
When many Slovenes learned that Kris needed their help and that if they all came together and contributed one euro each, they could help the boy with the medicine he needed, the snowball began to roll.
When people found out about Kris’s story, for many, it was no longer a question of helping, but of how to do it.
»The charm of this money-raising campaign was that no one had to ask for help. We released Kris’s story to the media, and everyone who heard about it immediately wanted to help. And so together we have achieved the impossible,« says Edi Pucer.
Children also helped. Many said they would contribute their own money. Eight-year-old Jaka, who also has serious health problems because of cerebral palsy, donated his hockey stick from Anže Kopitar to Kris.
Many now know about Kris’s disease and other rare diseases that children may have.
Slovenia is a small country, but sometimes it is an advantage. Because of its small size, many people know each other. And then word spreads and wonderful things can happen.
We can be proud that we are able to pull together.
Points to Consider
- How important is the media in informing people?
- Why is it important to help people in need?
- Who would you help with your pocket money?
The original version of this article was published on October 1st.