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Bradenton 2nd-grader donates Lego set to student with cancer, Legoland gives back

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MANATEE CO., Fla. (WWSB) -- A second-grader saved his money for a large Lego set to give to a 17-year-old classmate ill with cancer. Legoland Florida Resort rewarded the 8-year-old for his selfless act.

Jeffrey Holz, 8, of Community Christian School in Bradenton, donated nearly $100 he had saved for a large Lego fire station set, which he gave to a 17-year-old classmate fighting cancer.

Jeffrey had never even met the student before. 

Legoland Florida Resort will surprise Jeffrey with tickets for him and his family to enjoy a day at the Winter Haven theme park on Tuesday. 

Also, they will give him the Lego set he’d been saving for and several other fun Lego gifts.

Moved by Jeffrey’s kindness and generosity, Legoland Florida Resort worked with several businesses to arrange an even bigger surprise for 17-year-old Richard Gallop, an avid basketball player and golfer who, despite being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last fall, is determined to attend college next year.

Richard will be presented with:

  • A complimentary two-night stay at Kissimmee’s Gaylord Palms Resort for him and his single mother, Jennifer
  • Four passes to the upcoming Arnold Palmer Invitational PGA tournament and $300 worth of golf accessories, courtesy of Coca-Cola Florida
  • A personal invitation to attend Florida Southeastern University, presented by administrators from the Lakeland college

Now fast friends, Jeffrey and Richard will receive their surprises in front of the school’s entire student body and their proud parents.