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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – As the Sweet Dreams Ice Cream truck travels through Gainesville, a stop brings an extra treat as 11-year-old Henry Kaufman comes next to the truck to sell his cookies.
“I’ve had at least 5 different people give me $ 20 for one cookie,” said Henry.
Henry’s chocolate cookies are popular, not only because they are freshly baked, but also because all the money raised goes to a good cause: Stop Childhood Cancer.
“It feels really good because they have given me a lot and I just want to give something back,” said Henry.
At the age of three, Henry was diagnosed with leukemia. After a three-year battle with cancer, Henry’s father, Noah Kaufman, said it is now Henry’s mission to help other children in the hospital.
“He’s just constantly thinking of ways to include childhood cancer stopping in his life,” said Noah. “It is the best feeling to know that your child is up to something good.”
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He started out sewing pillows and making ornaments to deliver to UF Health Shands, but now he’s taken a sweeter approach as he’s been linked with Sweet Dreams owner Michael Manfredi.
“It was an easy yes for me. He’s a good guy and it’s nice to have something extra with the truck, ”said Manfredi. “It’s been great that every neighborhood we’ve been to is super receptive to everyone.”
Henry will be on North East Fifth Street in Gainesville a lot for the next few weeks because his goal is to raise a thousand dollars by the end of the summer, but he said he may need to increase his goal because he’s almost halfway there.
“I hope to keep doing this because it is such a joy and something I can do to give something back,” said Henry.
The funds raised for Stop Children’s Cancer support clinical trials, research, and equipment for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
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