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4-Year-Old Uses Make-A-Wish to Give Toys to Sick Children

| by Paul Brown

Two years ago, 4-year-old Dominic Kerr of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with leukemia. Earlier this year, Dominic was approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and told he could make a wish for whatever his heart desired.

Incredibly, the selfless boy wished for toys for other sick children.

Earlier this week, the Make-A-Wish Foundation sponsored a shopping spree for Dominic at a local Toys R Us and Walmart to help make his wish come true.

"Dominic wished not for himself but for other children," regional Make-A-Wish President Judith Stone told CBS Pittsburgh. "He had a memory of coming to children’s hospital, and one of the highlights was going to the treasure chest."

The "treasure chest" is a staple of the Marty Ostrow Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Center at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. This treasure chest is full of toys for the children to play with, and now it is going to be overflowing.

"Just seeing him, as happy as the toys made him, I hope it makes other kids as happy," Dominic's father, Mick, told CBS. "And hope it gives them hope and makes it an easier time in the whole situation."

When asked why he chose to use his wish to purchase toys for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dominic simply replied, "Because I want to make other kids happy."

Now, when sick children visit the Marty Ostrow Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Center at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, they will have their choice of toys from the original treasure chest as well as a new treasure chest labeled, "Donated By Dominic".