A local group raised more $13,000 for a Nampa mom diagnosed with cancer, but it's not the amount of money they raised that makes this so unique, it’s how they delivered it.
PRAYnksters does flashmobs of kindness as often as they can to show support to somebody in need. Usually they hear of someone in the community is in need of help, but in this case, one of the PRAYnksters knows the recipient.
"When I found out my friend Amanda was diagnosed with cancer and she didn't have insurance to help cover the cost of cancer treatments, we knew that we had to do something," Jesse Fadel said.
So the PRAYnksters decided to make Amanda Kofoed, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October, the subject of their next video. They told Amanda and her husband, Clint, they would be filming a video for their GoFundMe account.
“We had them show up thinking they were getting an interview,” Fadel said. “Instead nearly 200 people showed up to shower them with the support."
The Kofoeds didn’t know those 200 people were waiting outside to make a donation. Then one-by-one those people, some friends and family others complete strangers, walked up to the table setting down money to help pay for medical expenses.
"To see how big the room got and how many people were there. To see people I hadn't seen in years, hadn't talked to, there to support us. People we didn’t know at all.” Amanda said. “Just overwhelmed by our community and how loved we were."
The money is helpful for the Koefeds, but it’s that support and love they saw that day that means the world to them.
"Everything felt so negative for a couple of weeks, but to watch community come together,” Clint Kofoed said. “People from every walk of life have wanted to help and want to contribute and have.”
"You come into this and like 'Oh my gosh,' you know, it's really overwhelming and scary,” Amanda said. “But when you see the power of so much community and love you’re just like ‘there's hope here.’"