KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four year old Payton Adams of Kansas City, Missouri is a cute, quiet little girl who loves to watch t.v. and color in her coloring books. When she was just two years old, Payton was diagnosed with cancer, and, ever since she’s been on chemotherapy.
Friday afternoon FOX 4′s Robert Townsend caught up with Payton and her Mom, Leilani Adams before they, along with Payton’s three siblings, dashed to a special event for the little girl.
“We’re so excited. It’s just amazing what they’re doing for my baby,” says Leilani Adams.
Adams was excited to take her children to City Union Mission’s Men’s Shelter for “Pennies for Payton.”
“It just warms my heart and makes me want to cry,” Payton’s Mom says with a huge smile on her face.
She’s overjoyed because for a third year in a row, a number of homeless men at the shelter, who have nothing but the clothes on their backs, are donating a nickel, a dime, countless pennies and several tattered one dollar bills to help pay for Payton’s medical bills.
The men filled a huge water cooler with money and then presented it to Payton and her family.
Johnny Evans, an evening manager at the Men’s Shelter and a former security guard at Payton’s school, came up with the idea after being touched by Payton’s battle with cancer.
“Payton’s my buddy and I love her. She’s a trooper. We’re all praying for her and with God’s help she will beat this disease, ” says Evans.