Five-year-old cancer survivor Weston Newswanger celebrated his birthday by collecting toys for the Penn State Children’s Hospital, where he was treated after being diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2016.
He and his family ended up collecting thousands of toys to donate to Child Life, a non-profit organization that “advances psychosocial care and the emotional safety of children, youth, and families impacted by healthcare and significant life experiences.”
According to a local news affiliate, when Newswanger was asked what he wanted for his fifth birthday on September 26, he answered: “I don’t need anything. I want to get Play-Doh and dinosaurs for the children in the hospital.”
The toys collected included over 1,200 containers of Play-Doh. “We got 1,263 containers of Play-Doh… 71 superheroes… and then 1,249 dinosaurs. And a bunch of miscellaneous items we didn’t even add up,” said the young cancer survivor according to CNN.
The Newswanger family said donated toys in the children’s hospital helped him to have fun while he endured chemotherapy at Penn State. He has been cancer-free for two years since September after undergoing a year of treatment.
“We were there just as much if not more than our own house so the people at the hospital became our family,” said Weston.