NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – A local nine year old battling cancer has been selling his drawings to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Kashius Mostransky is an active nine year old. He plays football and soccer and also enjoys drawing. He has been living with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, for more than three years. However, he will finish his chemotherapy treatment next Thursday.
“Overall he’s doing great, and we’re excited to be putting this behind us and moving on with all of our lives,” his mother Meegan Mostransky said.
But as Kashius is getting ready to return to a normal life, he’s not forgetting about younger cancer patients still fighting for their lives. He and his mom came up with an idea to use one of his talents to make others feel better.
“I just like to draw, and it’s also for a cause for helping kids, so it’s kind of like a win-win,” Kashius said.
Kashius started drawing pictures in exchange for a $25 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. But as his mother started posting them to Facebook, the requests began pouring in.
“It’s definitely gotten bigger than I thought it would ever be, but he’s still into doing it,” Meegan said.
What started as a handful of pictures have grown into a waiting list nearing 100, and some of the basic pictures of cats and cows have morphed into interesting creatures, including one Kashius calls a “jellyfish fairy.”
“Cause it has a stinger at the bottom and then the wings at the top,” he explained.
Even though the Mostransky’s are thrilled their son is getting healthier, Meegan is proud her son wants to give back.
“He’ll see kids at the clinic that are younger than he is, and he’ll feel badly for them to have to go through that, so he does remember the hard parts that he went through and he feels for – he has empathy for other kids,” she said.
Kashius has raised $1,500 in the past week and a half. While he’s still willing to continue drawing, he also doesn’t mind if you just want to donate as well.