Group of Moms Collects Toys for Kids with Cancer in Time for Holidays – NBC Chicago

A group of moms try to put a smile on the faces of children with cancer this holiday season by collecting toys.

“The Toy Closet,” a program of the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children’s Wisconsin, was created by Laura Shea to give young patients the opportunity to receive a special gift to celebrate the holiday season.

“These kids can have hours of infusions and some of them have to go down for radiation,” Shea said. “It can be very long days for them, and just that little hope of being so brave at the end of their appointments can really cheer them up.”

The kids have the chance to go to The Toy Closet and pick out a new trinket to cheer them up after a difficult procedure or a long day, Shea explained about the program.

Kristy Kempf, a mother from a Round Lake suburb, brought her son Nathan to the children’s hospital center for a blood transfusion at age 5 and said he spent five months at the medical center.

“It was his birthday at the hospital and they brought him gifts of the closest toy,” Kempf said. “(The Toy Closet) just gives you a slice of normalcy when you’re in the middle of that kind of ordeal.”

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