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Here’s the 5-year-old whose pitch won over 20 VCs

This is 5-year-old Rhett, who is being treated for acute leukemia and made a special pitch that convinced more than 20 VCs to auction themselves for a lunch to benefit the Bay Area Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Click here to watch his video, “Dear Mr. VC.”

Senior Technology Reporter- Silicon Valley Business Journal

Your average Silicon Valley VC probably hears hundreds of pitches a month but none more effective than this one made by a 5-year-old named Rhett.

His video plea to, “Help get the bad guys out of my body,” is surely enough to melt even the most jaded viewer on Sand Hill Road.

Young Rhett was diagnosed with acute leukemia after suddenly falling ill watching the San Francisco Giants win the 2010 pennant on their way to becoming World Series Champions. After many treatments since then his prognosis is good. His biggest dream, besides beating cancer, is to meet the Giants.

The “Dear Mr. VC” video he made convinced more than 20 of the top VCs in the region to offer themselves in auctions for lunch dates to benefit the Bay Area Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Reportedly none who saw the pitch turned it down.

Click here to learn more about who those VCs are and how to make a bid to pitch to them. But be forewarned, you will have a hard time topping young Rhett.

Watch Rhett’s plea in the video attached to this story or you can go to YouTube to watch it by clicking here.

Cromwell Schubarth is the Senior Technology Reporter at the Business Journal. His phone number is 408.299.1823.

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