5-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Donates His Toys To The Hospital That Treated Him

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Young Boy Donates Toys To Hospital
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Cancer can often destroy families. Thankfully, every once in a while, a cancer survivor emerges to shine a light on our lives. Even better, there are many kind souls out there trying to help those suffering, like five-year-old Weston Newswanger. Hospital workers asked the young cancer survivor what he wanted for his birthday. Amazingly, he said he didn’t need or want any new toys or games. Instead, Newswanger wanted to do something incredible for all the other children suffering at the hospital…

The Kindest Five Year Old Cancer Survivor

Cancer Survivor Donates Things To Hospital
Amy Newswager/Facebook

We expect acts of kindness to come from veterans, police officers, and other pillars of the community. However, sometimes, the most incredible acts of bravery come from the tiniest human beings. At five-years-old, Weston Newswanger is not only a cancer survivor – but a boy with the biggest heart anyone could imagine.

Not too long ago, doctors diagnosed Weston with Rhabdomyosarcoma. Its a rare form of cancer that develops in soft tissue and has a very high risk of spreading to other parts of the body. For nearly a year, Weston underwent a series of treatment at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Weston took comfort in toys, and especially Play-Doh, during this hard year. Luckily, Amy Newswager, his mother, recently let the world know that the boy is in remission. Then, during his last few days at Penn State, Weston decided to do something incredible…

“I Don’t Want Or Need Anything”

Young Boy Donates Toys To Hospital
Amy Newswager/Facebook

This year, before turning five, doctors and nurses asked Weston what he wanted for his birthday. Amazingly, he said that with his newfound health, he “doesn’t want or need anything.” During an interview with CNN, Amy suggested they make a donation in his name to the hospital – and Weston enthusiastically agreed.

After talking with his mom, Weston decided against donating money. Instead, he wanted to give toys, specifically the ones he loved playing with during his treatments at the hospital. Unfortunately, there are quite a few children at Penn State Hospital, and Weston’s toys would not be enough. So, the family decided to take to social media, hoping others would donate alongside them. Once again, the people of the internet did not fail…

“They Became Our Family”

Cancer Survivor Donates Things To Hospital
Amy Newswager/Facebook

After just a week, the donations were overwhelming. Amy recalled: “We got 1,263 containers of Play-Doh… 71 superheroes… and then 1,249 dinosaurs. And a bunch of miscellaneous items we didn’t even add up.” That’s quite a lot of toys!

So, earlier this monther, Weston and his family returned to Penn State Hospital. With them, they brought their massive donation of gifts and toys, delivering them to the Child Life program at the hospital. While there, the Newswager family said that over their difficult stay at the hospital, they became so close to the staff and the other families there. “We were there just as much, if not more than our own house. The people at the hospital became our family.” Hopefully, Weston’s toys will make other children comfortable at the hospital, just as they did him…

Sources: CNN, MSN, People.