Man battling cancer donates hundreds of gifts to Niswonger Children’s Hospital

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Wesley Wright has been battling cancer for the past five years. The 41-year-old says he’s had a tough time.

“Cancer and having a leg removed and just like 50 or 60 chemos,” Wright recalls.

He said the bills started to pile up and with the holidays around the corner he had an idea.

“It was laid upon my heart to give something back to the kids because I know some of these parents don’t have the money to pay to get toys for this kind of stuff when they’re paying $6,000 for a round of chemo or even medication that costs 200-300 bucks,” Wright said.

With that idea came hundreds of toys that will go to children at Niswonger Children’s Hospital and at Woodridge.

“As it stands now,” Wright said, “we’ve got enough for every single kid here to have at least 2 or 3 toys a piece. So instead of just having one they can have several.”

Niswonger Children’s Hospital CEO, Lisa Carter, says hundreds of kids will be so happy about this donation.

“It is hard this time of year for families. You miss a lot of events, you miss a lot of things that go on during the holidays and anything we can do to help make it normal for these kids is what we want to do. That’s what they’re going to do this year, is put some smiles on faces,” Carter said.

Wesley was joined by his family and friends from his Mustang Club, giving back to those who need it most.

“They took it upon themselves to reach out and to give back and that’s what’s overwhelming and what’s just so amazing about this community,” Carter continued.

“The true meaning of Christmas is the love that you share with people. It ain’t about what you get or what you’ve got, it’s about what you give. If I wasn’t to get one single present this year, just giving what I’ve gave, blessed me enough to where I don’t need anything else,” Wright said.

If you would like to make a donation to Niswonger Children’s Hospital you can visit: niswongerchildrens.org.

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