KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Reece Davis is used to spending the holidays at Children’s Mercy Hospital as a patient. This year, the 9-year-old is changing roles: from cancer patient to Santa Claus.
“I spent (the) first year in the hospital, so I spent my first Christmas here,” Reece said Monday. “Christmas is a good holiday for having presents.”
Davis has been battling cancer since he was just two months old after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. At five, one of his kidneys was removed. He has undergone eight rounds of chemo as well as multiple surgeries. He has endured hours at clinics after the cancer damaged his spine, forcing him to use a wheelchair and walker.
In all, he’s spent more than 100 days as a patient at Children’s Mercy.
But this year, his health is good enough that he’s spending Christmas with his grandparents and other family members. But he hasn’t forgotten the other children. He is working hard to make Christmas brighter for other kids who aren’t as fortunate. Instead of donating two or three presents as he normally does, this mini-Saint Nick took his Christmas spirit to a whole new level.
He donated 84 toys to Children’s Mercy, including his favorite, a pink owl.
“I heard some kids don’t have presents here, so they can play with all this stuff,” said Reese, who wore his favorite Mickey Mouse ears during the interview.
His father couldn’t be more proud.
“He’s done a great job collecting and shopped for a lot of people,” Lon Davis said. “People donated money.”
Davis said he hopes his son is at the beginning of something really special, something that can happen every year.
“Be happy and enjoy the holidays. I hope he remembers it and this is the start of a tradition,” Davis said.
It’s a holiday tradition from a little boy with a very big heart.
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