Parents of a lad who has been dealing with brain cancer are running a Little Legends Toy Drive during the month of July for children with cancer at the Brisbane Children’s Hospital.
Gemma and Scott Levy’s son Skyler was just three years old when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer – Medulloblastoma.
During the sometimes harrowing treatment, Skyler was able to access the hospital’s Bravery Box, a toy bank from which kids can choose something after a difficult procedure or a bad day.
Gemma says that the Bravery Box was a huge morale booster when spending day after day confined to the four walls of the hospital room, as well as going through horrific procedures. ‘It was very exciting for Skyler to choose a special toy. Those moments were so needed for Skyler and for us. In a children’s hospital, those moments can get you through the hardest of days.’
With help from Ally Strain from the Byron Bay-based The Kindness Project, the couple’s mission is to donate 200 toys for the Oncology Unit at Brisbane Children’s Hospital where all Northern Rivers Little Legends have to go to receive treatment.
Ideas for toys for children aged anywhere from three months to 18 years include: LEGO, puzzles, card games, craft items, Playdoh, nail polish, cars, trucks, stuffed toys and gift cards and vouchers, particularly for the teens.
All gifts need to be new and unopened – but not wrapped – and can be dropped at Legend Pizza at 1/96 Jonson Street, from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm during the month of July.