Ohio girl fights cancer by selling dog kisses

Addi Gehres is raising money for Pelotonia, a grassroots bike tour that originated in Columbus with the goal of ending cancer

Dog from a dog kissing booth that is raising money for cancer awareness – Grove City, Ohio.
Courtesy: WCMH

GROVE CITY, OH (WCMH) – An Ohio girl is doing what she can to raise money for cancer research by selling her dog’s kisses for $1.

Since its inception, more than $106 million has been raised for Pelotonia, a grassroots bike tour that originated in Columbus with the goal of ending cancer.

There are so many different ways that people raise money for Pelotonia, but Addi Gehres’ fundraising idea is unique.

She loves everything about her dog Marley.

“My favorite thing about Marley is he’ll lay on your feet when they’re cold,” she explains.

Right now she is willing to share him. She is selling Marley’s kisses to raise money for Pelotonia.

“I think it’s good to help people because their families must be very worried about them and they want them to get better,” she said.

Addi’s parents Ericka and Keith have biked in Pelotonia for six years now. Addi has become a virtual rider, and for a good reason.

“Two months after Addison was born, my mother passed away from cancer…after an 8-year battle,” Ericka said.

“She may not remember her grandmother, but she knows how much she loved her and everything she wanted to do for her…and to see how it impacts others is just something that is beyond words for us parents,” Keith added.

They’re all in favor of this dog kissing idea.

Addi has already raised $500 for Pelotonia and Marley will be busy puckering up all day during the family’s garage sale fundraiser on Saturday.


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