Sporting a bright yellow t-shirt declaring himself a “leukemia survivor,” 11-year-old Joshua Berr pulled a wagon full to toys through the halls of Akron Children’s Hospital. He remembers spending Christmas in the hospital and wants to bring a bit of cheer for those now in the same situation.
“It’s pretty bad,” Joshua recalls. “You can see snow and stuff, but you don’t get to see your friends and have fun. I’m giving to the kids who can’t be home this year.”
Joshua has been in remission for 3 years, according to him mother, Mistina Carter. He began his treatment in Kansas and then became a patient of Dr. Prasad Bodas, in the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
“We love Dr. Bodas,” said Carter, who traveled more than an hour from Polk, Ohio to bring Joshua to the hospital on his gift-giving journey.
Two nurses from the Showers Center, Robyn Bryden, and Lucy Lawrence, accepted the gifts on behalf of the center staff and thanked Mistina and Joshua for being so thoughtful. They said the Paw Patrol gift set would be in demand, and arts and crafts sets are always great gifts for hospitalized kids.
One of the first patients to choose a toy from the wagon full of gifts was 6-year-old Madison Hale, who was in the Showers Center for an outpatient clinic visit. She chose an art set and a teddy bear. She hugged the bear immediately and began discussing bear names and how her new friend would fit in with her other dolls and stuff animals back at home.
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