Updated: November 14, 2013 6:02AM
The family of 1-year-old Sawyer Sterling, of Palos Park, recently asked guests to bring toy and gift card donations to her first birthday party so they could be donated to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.
Meghan Sterling, Sawyer’s mother, said, “I chose the Treasure Chest Foundation to donate toys because I have seen so many adults go through cancer treatment and I just can’t imagine a child having to go through it.”
“Hosting a toy and gift card drive to benefit children and teens fighting cancer is such a wonderful idea,” foundation founder and CEO Colleen Kisel said. “A special thanks to the Sterling family and all their friends. They are a true inspiration.”
The foundation is a nonprofit that provides comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens diagnosed with cancer by providing a toy, gift or gift certificate in 45 hospitals nationwide, according to a news release from the foundation.
For more information, contact Kisel at (708) 687-8697 or visit www.treasurechest.org.