The family of a cancer-stricken boy really came through for kids stuck in Ann Arbor hospitals, this year, for Christmas.
The family decided to accumulate as many Christmas toys for kids in local hospitals as they could and ended up with 700 gifts for kids in the local Ann Arbor, Michigan hospitals this season.
The donation came as a result of the family’s annual Christmas toy drive, M-Live.com reported.
The drive was started by Braylon Griggs, who suffered brain cancer in 2016 when he was only 13 years old. He realized that the children in the hospital with him may be stuck there for Christmas and so, he used his own money to buy presents for some of them.
Braylon passed from his disease the next year, and at that time, Braylon’s family launched Braylonstrong’s Christmas toy drive to honor his wish that every kid in local hospitals would not be forgotten during Christmas.
Braylon’s mother, Jennifer Abraham, said that last year the drive brought in 400 gifts, but this year topped them all.
“(The kids) love it because it gives them a sense of being and it helps them through the holiday season,” Abraham said. “Obviously, nobody wants to be stuck in the hospital during Christmas. We just wanted to make these kids that are spending Christmas in the hospital, their holiday season a little brighter by just spreading a little bit of cheer.”
Abraham added that the charity effort is “part of our grieving process.”
“That’s just our goal: to help other people that are battling brain cancer financially, emotionally, with resources and other places out there that are able to help them out,” she said. “We had such a huge response in helping us out through our journey, so we wanted to help other people.”
Abraham uses the Facebook group that the family used to update loved ones on Griggs’ treatment to invite donations in the form of Paypal, mailed checks or an Amazon wish list. All donations are given to pediatric brain cancer patients and their families, she said. The group also uses monetary donations to support families financially and donate to research at Mott.
Checks can be mailed to BRAYLONSTRONG, 211 W Franklin St., Clinton, Mich., 49236.
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