7-year-old battling cancer prepares to give back

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A 7-year-old Mechanicsville girl is not letting her own cancer battles stop her from giving back to others this holiday season.

She's living with brain tumors that returned after a recent surgery, but she is not letting her condition prevent her from helping others. Her family says even when you're down to your worst, you can still shine a light to lift someone else.

Sawyer Perkins is volunteering as she wraps donation boxes for sick children, even though she's not feeling her best either.

"She couldn't go to school. She gets really fatigued. Gets really tired really easily," her mother Jamie Perkins said.

That's because the little girl who spent her last two birthdays in the hospital is still fighting. Cancerous brain tumors that were removed last year have returned. Over the summer, a group called Mason's Toy Box visited her hospital bed with toys.

"Sitting in that hospital, day in and day out, those kids have nothing to do, nothing to look forward to," said organizer Kelley Kassay.

For Kassay, it's personal. She lost her son to cancer.

"Giving back through others is what gives me strength," she said.

Strength that's magnified by little Sawyer now joining the cause to donate toys to other children stuck in hospitals over the holidays.

"I was just so touched by the community doing this for us…We just want to pay it forward," Perkins said.

As they spent Tuesday wrapping boxes, they're now calling on the community to donate items to keep the goodwill going.

"You really can't go wrong giving to kids who are sick and missing Christmas at home with their family. You're bringing a little of Christmas cheer right to their hospital room," Perkins said.

"You never know, it could be your kid or your niece of your nephew," Kassay added.

Very soon, some 100 boxes will go up at businesses across the Richmond area.

If you'd like to help distribute them, visit Mason's Toy Box website at: http://masonstoybox.org.


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