SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WZTV) — What started with a text to the wrong person ended in thousands of dollars in donations for a Spring Hill boy battling leukemia – and now the family is looking to pay it forward.
The Heartwarming Story That Went Viral:
A girl trying on a gown accidentally texted a photo to Tony Wood, a dad of six and realtor who lives in middle Tennessee.
Instead of replying with “wrong number,” Wood replied and sent a message of five of his kids giving a thumbs-up to the dress.
“I believe this message was intended for someone else,” Wood wrote. “My wife isn’t home, so I couldn’t get her opinion, but the kids and I think you look stunning in your dress! You should definitely go with that one!”
A tweet with Wood and Sydney's exchange went viral, receiving more than 177,000 retweets and more than 700,000 likes.
But one of Wood’s children was missing from the photo – Kaizler.
That’s because Kaizler is battling leukemia and Wood's wife wasn’t home because she was caring for the boy.
When it became known that Wood’s wife wasn’t home at the time of the wrong text because she was caring for Kaizler – something beautiful happened.
The reason why Wood’s wife wasn’t home led to a sequence of events that has garnered more than $50,000 in donations on the family’s GoFundMe page.
The family says they are overwhelmed with the support from complete strangers and their needs have been met. Kaizler’s last treatment is in April 2019.
Sydney, Mandi and the Wood family have talked since the text.
Paying it Forward:
Now, it’s time to pay the kindness forward.
The GoFundMe page for Kaizler is now focusing its efforts to help another local boy, Finn Shafran.
Little Finn, of Nashville, is battling a rare cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma and doctors are struggling to find a treatment option that would be successful. Finn’s parents are currently trying to seek out more medical options and perspectives in hopes of finding another treatment.
Right now, Finn’s funding page on YouCaring has reached $21,000 of a $25,000 goal.
The Woods hopes they can continuing paying it forward to other families. They credit God with bringing these blessings into their lives.