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By Compassion Canada, written by Amy Bennett

Courtesy of: Compassion Canada, written by Amy Bennett

A five-year-old Waterloo boy has inspired thousands after he decided to help a Kenyan child who needed life-saving surgery.

Before Christmas, Natalie Self gave her son Cam the opportunity to choose a gift from Compassion's gift guide. They paged through the catalogue together, but Cam walked away and didn't seem interested.

Moments later, he returned with a bag carrying all the coins from his piggy bank: about $1.50.

Cam said, "Here mom, I think this should be enough. I would like to fix that baby's heart."

Cam chose to help "Baby Brave," a four-month-old boy in Kenya who needed surgery in India to correct a serious heart defect.

The gift guide suggests a $5,000 contribution toward the surgery, which cost more than $22,000. Compassion had already raised $16,000.

So the Self family set out to raise enough to help Baby Brave, by Jan. 15. On Jan. 8, they reached their goal of $5,000.

Their Facebook page, "Help Cam Help Baby Brave," attracted almost 2,000 fans and includes several videos in which Cam gives an update on their progress.

Local Kitchener media covered the story, too, including the Waterloo Region Record and CTV News.

Barry Slauenwhite, Compassion's President and CEO, said, "Someday, I want to see Cam step into that little hut in Meru, Kenya, and say, 'Hi, I'm Cam. I'm the guy that saved your life."

"Truly amazing what we can do together," Cam's father, Allan, wrote on Facebook. "Thank you especially to all the other kids who joined Cam by giving from their piggy banks. You little ones have been inspirational!"

Click image below for the CTV Kitchener Video

Do you want to make a difference by bringing real joy to someone in need? On your own, with the family, with your church group or with your co-workers — get involved with Gifts of Compassion.

Here is just one example….What if you could give a malnourished child eggs to eat every week? That's exactly what you can do with a gift of chickens costing just $16.00. Children will learn how to keep chickens and will get the extra protein they so badly need.

Check out the Gifts of Compassion Program at