By Ukee Washington
EDDYSTONE, Pa. (CBS) — In Eddystone, a trio of brothers is asking the community to step up and help others, especially sick kids.
Dale Kerns, Jr. and his brothers, Kevin Kerns and Daniel Schmidt, have strong ties to the streets of Eddystone.
“We played baseball there. We played football there,” said Dale.
Now, they’re helping children there.
“We want to help, more specifically, children with deadly diseases, life-threatening illnesses,” Dale said.
In the last couple of years, the brothers have organized benefits such as a softball tournament for a girl going through chemo and a $500 shopping spree for a little girl who fought cancer.
They call themselves the Little Angels Foundation.
“It’s support for the family and the child,” said Schmidt.
They have a special reason for doing it. Growing up, Kevin was hospitalized repeatedly for a potentially fatal lung condition.
“We know what it’s like. We’ve been through it. We’re still going through it,” Kevin said.
Right now, they’re planning a flag football tournament to raise money for a scholarship in the name of Eric Moser. Eric, a lifelong friend of the brothers, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
“I know a lot of people might think it’s a good thing to do something to help people raise money,” Eric said, “but they just don’t take the next step and do it.”
The Little Angels Foundation is not officially a non-profit yet, but they dream of being big.
Dale Kerns, Jr. said, “It’d be nice to leave our jobs and just help people — every day, all day — and be the size of, say, Susan G. Komen.”
But for right now, they draw no salary. They just want to help a little at a time.
“It’s just great to help people,” said Dale.
The flag football tournament is Saturday, October 20. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/events/230312630425125
To reach the Little Angels Foundation, visit: www.little-angels-foundation.org/default.html