Twenty-five grand for a puppy? You read that right. But we’re not talking about a magical dog made of gold and encrusted in diamonds. We’re talking about what a little girl will receive once her Kickstarter campaign to help beat childhood cancer reaches its goal.
In 2014, Becca Salmins was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. More than two grueling years later, she received her last treatment at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Now, at just nine years old and in remission, Becca is determined to give back.
She and her dad Gerhard, also a young adult cancer survivor, are launching a bracelet company, Knots and Arrows, whose proceeds will go towards Tackle Kids’ Cancer—the team that gives treatment and hope to children and young adults struggling for their lives at the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack UMC—and towards helping families affected by childhood cancer.
The name of the company alone is enough to inspire. During Becca’s illness, her family was helped through the most difficult periods with two phrases: “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on” and “an arrow can only be shot by dragging it backwards—so when life seems to be dragging you back, it’s getting ready to launch you into something great.”
When Becca was working on cutting swimsuit material up for the bracelets (a nod to everyone’s favorite blue fish, Dory, and her motto to “just keep swimming”), and putting her story together for her Kickstarter campaign, she had no idea that what would lay at the end of it was a Boston Terrier puppy. Her goal was simply to raise awareness and help other kids like her. But once she found out on the morning her Kickstarter campaign was set to launch, she told the cameras in a live Facebook video that she couldn’t stop smiling all day. You can watch the video of Becca finding out about her soon-to-be new puppy—we promise it will make your day.
Knots and Arrows blasted through their $25,000 Kickstarter goal in less than two weeks, but you can still contribute until the end of February.
We can’t think of a worthier cause. Becca, you’re an inspiration to dog owners everywhere.