Terminally Ill 6-Year-Old Is Saving Other Kids' Lives With A Clever Request

It's easy to get involved.

Tijn has less than a year to live.

The 6-year-old boy from the Netherlands is battling terminal brain cancer, but it doesn't seem to have affected his spirits. According to his dad, Tijn's final wish is to help prevent other children from dying at the hands of pneumonia.

"Most of the poor kids infected with pneumonia don't even live to be five years old," his dad told the radio station 3FM in the Netherlands. "That is why we're standing up to fight."

Each year, 3FM holds an event called Serious Request in a local square. The station works together with the Red Cross to tackle an "unknown cause," or an issue that is not common knowledge. This year, they are addressing childhood pneumonia, something most people don't know is the number one deadliest infectious disease. In 2015, 922,000 children under the age of five died from pneumonia, according to the U.N. That's over 100 children every hour.

To help raise money, Tijn is challenging people to let paint their nails. If you paint your nails, he suggests, you should donate €1 to the cause. If you don't, you should donate €10. But you don't have to be in the Netherlands to participate.


The campaign's page explains how you can get involved: "Paint your nails, make a donation on this page, and challenge three of your friends to do the same by tagging them in your social media post. If you donate, share a picture of your painted nails using the hashtags #lakaan (All which literally Translates to "paint on") and # SR16."

So far, the cause is off to a start reminiscent of the #IceBucketChallenge. Tijn's page has raised more than €847,000 as of this writing, which is close to $1 million U.S. You can donate here. 

Check out video footage of Tijn making his request and painting nails below. 

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