Festus family shocked to find son’s picture on leukemia donation box

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picFESTUS, MO (KTVI) – The Sherman family says they were very upset when they saw their son’s photo on a poster claiming he had leukemia.  The family says their 5-year-old son Sam is a healthy little boy.

The Sherman’s were out enjoying dinner at the La Pachanga restaurant. After eating they headed to the counter to pay.  That’s when Amber Sherman looked over and noticed a donation box with a photo of Sam posted over the original photo on the box.  They could not believe their eyes, because Sam does not have cancer.

The Festus family wants make sure it never happens again, and that people sponsoring kids with leukemia actually get the donations.

“I saw the picture and I was upset. I asked where they got it from. They were not sure where they got it from. They were not sure who put the picture attached to the box.” said mother Amber Sherman.

“How did my son's picture get into a restaurant and then have a date on the back of a picture? He was not born yet.” said father Matthew Sherman.

FOX 2 talked with the manager of La Pachanga restaurant and he's not sure who posted the photo on the charity box.  He says someone may be playing a prank. Once the mistake was discovered the photo was removed.

The manager says all of the money collected goes directly to the Leukemia Society