Each day in the Shandong city of Heze, one elderly woman takes to the streets dressed up as Pikachu, hoping that she’ll be able to raise enough money to help her sick loved ones.
In 2007, the now 71-year-old woman surnamed Han learned that her daughter had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Afterward, she spent her entire life savings on her daughter’s treatment, but the treatment could not save her daughter’s eyesight.
Tragedy struck again just one year later when Han’s husband, a construction worker, fell off a building and broke his leg on the job. Sadly, the family no longer had any money left to pay for his surgery.
But her family’s misfortunes did not stop there. Last year, Han’s son-in-law, who had been the family’s main bread winner, became paralyzed in an accident.
The only hope left for her family, Han was left with no other choice but to start making money herself. To do this, she bought a Pikachu costume and started to wear it on the street or in shopping malls, asking anyone who wanted to take a picture with her to pay 9 yuan.
Unfortunately in China, many family members have been faced with the same situation as Han. Earlier this year, one desperate father also started dressing up as Pikachu to raise money for his 1-year-old daughter’s leukemia treatment, asking kind-hearted commuters in the Chengdu subway to give whatever they could to help.
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