Boy with cancer raises thousands for endangered penguins
May 24, 2011
Aghelos Kouvaras is only six-years-old but he has already raised about $3,000 in order to help endangered penguins, according to the New York Daily News. Kouvaras has cancer and he fell in love with penguins while receiving chemotherapy treatments for Burkitt's lymphoma.
"They're cute animals and they were dying," Kouvaras told the news source.
The boy not only rallied his classmates and community at the South Salem Elementary School to raise funds, he will also be participating in the Wildlife Conservation Society's Run for the Wild on April 30.
"I'm going to run. I feel amazing," said Kouvaras.
According to Defenders.org, Galapagos penguins have the lowest numbers in terms of population. There are only about 6,000 to 15,000 Galapagos penguins left. Penguins can range in size and the smallest penguin species, the fairy penguin, is only about 16 inches tall.