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Everyday Heroes: Turning Cards into Cures

By: eBay News Team

After his parents died of cancer, Marcel Bilak opened a charity shop on eBay, donating a portion of his proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Millions of people from all around the world connect on eBay. Each time that happens, something positive happens in the world. These are the stories of everyday people on eBay making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.

Never would Marcel Bilak have imagined that he would one day lose two of the most important people in his life to lung cancer. The passing of both of his parents left an incredible void in his life—one Marcel thought he would never be able to fill.

During this time of mourning, Marcel developed a sense of comfort in baseball. Enamored with the 2004 Dodgers team, Marcel’s first baseball card purchase was one of third baseman Adrian Beltre. This purchase led to another and eventually transformed into a beloved, lifetime hobby.

“I fell in love with the hobby,” said Marcel. “I fell in love with what it did for me when I was going through my difficult time.”

This newfound passion combined with his recent losses ignited in Marcel the need to find a meaningful way to help fight the disease. This realization spurred Marcel to open his own brick and mortar and online shop, Legacy Sports Cards Las Vegas. Today he operates the largest sports memorabilia store in Nevada.

Soon thereafter, Marcel opened a charity shop on eBay, GivingBackToCharity, selling items from his personal collection and donating a portion of his proceeds to St. Jude.

“Cancer is cancer. Everyone suffers. The family suffers, the one who is sick suffers,” said Marcel. “I’m just trying to make a difference for those who are young and don’t deserve it. St. Jude is at the forefront of that battle, so I back them 100 percent.” 

In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, eBay will donate $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every like, share and comment for Marcel’s video on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and will donate $1 for every purchase of Gifts that Give Back supporting St. Jude, up to $10K during September.

Click here for more stories of Everyday Heroes, who are using eBay to make a difference in other's lives.

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