Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
Marion Boy's Birthday Wish to Help Others Fight Cancer
MT. VERNON -- A Marion boy is using his birthday wish to help others fight cancer.
After a two-year battle, family members say Matty Bain beat Leukemia in January. Now, as a birthday present, he's collecting toys to share with other kids fighting cancer at Cardinal Glennon hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
"He has juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, which is the rarest form of leukemia in the world," explains Beth, Matty's mom.
Four-year-old Matty spent almost a year at Cardinal Glennon Hospital, and at one point, his mom Beth was wondering if he'd make it.
"Did I think we'd be at his 4th birthday? Then, no," she exclaims. "Now, I think we can take on the world."
To say Matty loves SpongeBob is an understatement. But when asked what he wanted for his birthday, he didn't say anything about that yellow cartoon character.
"He told me he wanted to share his toys. So my wheels get to turning and I ask a couple people at the hospital if we could do a toy drive," Beth explains.
Matty and his mom have spent the past couple weeks collecting toys to take to his friends on the fourth floor.
"They have a big toy room, but sometimes the toys get broken or lost or taken," she says.
Even if it's just a few toys, Beth knows they'll bring a smile to the face of children who need the same love and support that helped Matty beat cancer.
"It's still the fact that he's doing God's work at the age of four," she adds.
Matty will donate his toys to the kids at Cardinal Glennon on Thursday. If you'd like to give a gift, you can visit his Facebook page called Prayers for Matty.
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