Mesa, AZ (KPHO) — It’s an experience no child should ever go through.
Seven-year-old Bentley Brazlovitz of Chandler was diagnosed with cancer when he was five.
However, the long nights and countless chemotherapy treatments were made a little easier, thanks to some toys he was given at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.
The hospital has a toy closet for young patients.
“My first toy that I ever got was Charlie,” said Bentley. “He was my best friend in the whole world. I always played with him. He was a dog stuffed animal. He made me feel better a lot.”
Two years after his diagnosis, Bentley is in remission and doing great.
The boy and his family never forgot how much those toys at the hospital meant. So now, Bentley wants to give back and help other kids facing serious illness.
Bentley and his mom are now making Christmas ornaments, that they sell for $8 each.
The money will be used to buy new toys for the toy closet at Cardon Children’s Hospital.
“It’s important to give back anyway that you can and just spread positivity,” said Ceene Brazlovitz, Bentley’s mother. “Cheer and hope. Hope is everything that got us through, so to be able to spread that is always important no matter your age.”
Mom posted her son’s project on Facebook and was overwhelmed by the response and the number of orders that came in.
Bentley is hoping their fundraiser will inspire others to help kids in need.
“You should do this because of the kids that want these toys to make them feel better,” said Bentley. “I feel like the other kids are going through a lot and some toys, like I used to get, might cheer them up.”
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