Family Collects Legos for Cancer Patients in Son's Memory

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In March 2012, 13WMAZ introduced you to a Warner Robins boy battling cancer.

Joshua Thornton was 10-years-old, and a local landscaper had given the family a backyard makeover to lift their spirits.

Sadly, Joshua died September 1st. He was 11 years old.

The emotion for his family is raw, yet already, Joshua's spirit is providing them inspiration.

His mother, Sarah, described her son. She said, "He was, he 'is', I can't say he 'was'--- sweet, loving, humble. He cared about everybody before himself."

For two years, Joshua endured the effects of countless drugs, radiation and a bone marrow transplant to fight leukemia.

Danny Thornton, his father, said, "He never complained about anything he was going through."

He said his son found a common toy therapeutic, during his nearly 200 days in the hospital.

Danny said, "Although his body might be confined to a hospital bed, his mind could be in Legoland."

However, there were times children's hospitals in Macon and Atlanta didn't have Legos. The disappointment on Joshua's face left a lasting sting.

Now, the Thornton's see those memories as inspiration to make other children smile in Joshua's memory.

They've collected 60 Lego boxes, so far. They're asking for donations of many more.

Danny said, "To us it's a small thing, but to a 5, 6, 7, or 11-year-old, that's confined to a hospital, it's a big thing."

Sarah added that many families with children being treated for cancer, can't afford extra expenses, such as buying toys.

She said, "I think he'd love this idea, because it's about taking care of other kids. He cared more about them than himself."

It's with that spirit that the Thortons plan to keep fighting Joshua's battle. In addition to the Legos, they're planning a nonprofit to support other families and find cures.

Danny said, "We truly feel that one more, one more child that a mom and dad has to stand over and tell him goodbye, is too many."

Each Lego box will be delivered to the Children's Hospital in Macon or Egelston in Atlanta.

Every box will be tagged with a sticker that says "Joshua's Smiles."

Donations of new Lego's in their original packaging, can be dropped off at the Warner Robins Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep dealership at 2817 Watson Boulevard.

For more information, the Thorton's can be contacted at joshuasmiles@hotmail.com. 

 

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