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'Pennies for Payton': Homeless help cancer patient

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  • Payton Adams was diagnosed with leukemia at the age 2
  • 'Pennies for Payton' was created in 2011 to help fund her bills
Pennies for Payton

Men at a Kansas City homeless shelter are doing a selfless deed in honor of 4-year-old cancer patient Payton Adams. The men have been gathering spare change to help fund the little girl's medical bills for three years now.

Payton has been battling leukemia since she was 2 and has been on chemotherapy ever since, reported HLN affiliate Fox4KC.
 
The men over at City Union Mission's Men's Shelter created "Pennies for Payton" after finding out about Payton's diagnosis through Johnny Evans, the Mission's Men's evening shelter manager. Evans also coincidentally happens to volunteer as a security guard at Payton's preschool.
 
"Payton's my buddy and I love her. She's a trooper," Evans told Fox4KC. "We're all praying for her and with God's help she will beat this disease."
 
Payton's mother, Leilani Adams, was overjoyed after learning what these men were doing for her daughter.
 
"We're so excited. It's just amazing what they're doing for my baby," Adams said. "It just warms my heart and makes me want to cry."
 
These homeless men, who have nothing but the clothes on their backs, have been donating to Payton's medical bills for three years now, according to Fox4KC. Their approach is simple yet effective.
 
They have been filling water cooler bottles with spare change that they found around the area. They started "Pennies for Payton" in 2011 and filled the third cooler of change to be donated to the family on Thursday.
 
"Medical bills, transportation to the emergency rooms and it is amazing how these guys who have very little, how the pennies add up [to] dollars and dollars add up to hundreds," Payton's mother told the station. "So we have sometimes come out of here with $500, $300, whatever they have and it really has been a blessing.
 
As a gesture of gratitude, the family sends a handwritten note to the men upon receipt of every jar of money, thanking them for their sacrifice.

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