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Family holds annual drive to honor lost loved one's wish

Isaih Moa. (Source: Facebook) Isaih Moa. (Source: Facebook)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

In 2004, Isaih Moa,10, went to the hospital after a minor fall. His mother, Cynthia Moa, says it led to a discovery that changed her life forever.

"They found some spots that they were concerned about,” says Moa. “They sent us to Children's in Dallas and that's when he was diagnosed with cancer."

During his two-year battle, Isaih spent most of his time at Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Now, 11 years after his death he is still helping other children living under similar circumstances.

"I guess it didn't really matter to him that he was as sick as he was,” says Moa. “He wanted to help as many kids as he could."

It all started at Mother Frances Hospital when Isaih questioned why there wasn't a fully-stocked toy trolley in the children's wing.

"The Child Life Specialist at the time went back and told them what this little boy had said,” says Moa. “So they had decided to order a toy cart and start ordering toys."

Isaih didn't live to see the toy trolley that was donated, but it remains in the hospital to this day and every year his family holds a drive to restock it.

“It started off just collecting from friends and family at home,” says Moa “Then I felt like I needed to make it bigger because that's what he would have wanted."

Hospital staff say the toys have helped to make several children’s stay in the hospital a little easier.

"By giving them toys to play with you’re speaking their language,” says Brittany Grimm, the current Child Life Specialist at Mother Frances Hospital. “You’re allowing them to just be kids and it makes it more familiar to them when they just get to play while they're here."

Over time the drive has evolved into a two-hour event that brings joy to children both in and out of the hospital - all thanks to Isaih Moa.

This year's toy drive takes place tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden. Attendees are asked to bring an unused toy and come enjoy face painting and other activities.

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