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Father dresses as horse and offers rides on his back to fund son’s leukemia treatment

By Mason White 11:58 AM April 16, 2015
The father dressed as a horse 

By: Chan Yuan
A father is making headlines after he found an unusual way make money to pay for his son’s cancer treatment.

The father of Hefei, China, began begging on the streets to raise money for leukemia treatment by wearing a horse mask and offering a ride on his back.

The man charges about $1 per ride. The father said that his son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. He needed to spend 200,000 ($32,000) for chemotherapy treatment.

He still has outstanding debt of 160,000 yuan ($26,000). When the child’s illness returned last month, his father turned to the streets to collect money to pay for the treatment and medication.

The 38-year-old father was seen kneeling on the ground next to a sign. The sign includes a photo of his sick child, a brief account of his plight and a plea to passersby to support his cause.

The man said that good-hearted people sometimes give him generous donations without riding on him.

The father admits that begging for money and publicly asking for compassion has been humiliating. However, he said that he needs to do whatever it takes to help his son get the treatments.