Crushing Koopas and Childhood Cancer |

Crushing Koopas and Childhood Cancer

Hannah Tiede
Created: September 28, 2019 10:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Rochester family is “playing” it forward, raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer.

It all started with Nathan Herber. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma shortly after his 4th birthday. What helped Nathan get through his toughest treatments is Mario Kart, and that's how the "Crushing Koopas and Childhood Cancer Mario Kart Tournament" came to be.

Hundred’s showed their support on Saturday, many battling it out on screen for kid's battling cancer.

"We just wanted to do something to give back; help out other families going through this,” said Andy Herber, Nathan’s dad.

“It snowballed,” said Becky Herber, Nathan’s mom. “It’s more than we could have anticipated!”

“We were hoping for a couple of people playing Mario Kart and raising some money for a good cause and it just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” said Andy.

The Herber family calls themselves "lucky". At the end of the day, they got to go home, while others who traveled to mayo clinic for treatment couldn’t.

The fundraiser was complete with a Mario Kart competition, silent auction, 50-50 raffle, and supper.

"The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been awesome and they are doing a ton of research on pediatric cancer,” said Andy. “So that's where a lot of the money will be going back. Any time we came in contact with someone that made it easier for us, we want to help fund that."

The Herber's plan to make the Mario Kart Tournament an annual fundraiser. No word yet on how much the even raised.

You can watch the Herber’s full story here.

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