Boy running to help raise money for friend with cancer



A boy from Bucks County, Pennsylvania is spending the final weeks of his summer vacation helping a little girl with cancer by doing something that he knows he does well — running.

Ryan Tarapchak, 11, made a pledge to run every day in order to help raise money for his friend’s sister.
“It’s really hard to deal with cancer. And if my sister had it, I know someone else would do it for her,” he said.

Isabella O’Brien, 6, was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer that affects the body’s connective tissue.

“I was really good at running. I just wanted to run for Isabella and raise more money,” Ryan told ABC.

For 30 straight days, Ryan will run and up and down his neighborhood streets. His longest run so far is 6.2 miles and he hopes to run even farther.

But he says his most important goal is to raise $10,000 for Isabella’s family. This will cover the cost of travel expenses and wigs for Isabella, who has lost all of her hair.

In 10 days, Ryan has raised more than $1,900.

“It’s wonderful knowing that we have that cushion, knowing that if something should happen we’re not going to get put out on the streets. So it’s great. And having a kid help raise the money like this is awesome,” Isabella’s father, Scott, told ABC.

Ryan will continue his daily runs through September 8th. You can donate online at

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