LAS VEGAS (CLASS) – A special “Breakfast with Santa” event brings children battling cancer and their families together under one roof.
Lindsey Licari is the founder of Ayden’s Army of Angels, named after her 13-month-old son who died of cancer.
Licari founded the organization while Ayden was being treated in 2015, he died two years later in 2017.
Ayden’s Army of Angels provides resources to families across the valley every year.
“I just didn’t want to be so sad, so I decided that if I can’t shop for Ayden, I’ll shop for every kid in Nevada,” Licari said.
From crafts and a special meeting with Santa, most of the kids were excited to open presents, like 7-year-old Ivan Harris wanting to show his new bike to the 8 News Now crew.
‘I hope the chain doesn’t fall off. It won’t fall off it’s a new bike so it’s a good bike okay? My old bike chain fell off,” Harris told 8 News Now.
The festivities are in full swing, inspiring Madeline Valencia to raise her own money and buy toys for those in need.
“I wanted to donate for a few kids who don’t have toys because I want it to be a lot of fun,” Valencia said. “Breakfast with Santa is Ayden’s favorite holiday and it’s the time I get to go overboard and spoil these kids because God forbid it’s their last Christmas, it’s going to be the best they’ve ever had.”
Wednesday’s breakfast with Santa helped 33 children and their families this holiday season.