BY: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - A local group is celebrating the life of an Omaha boy who passed away after battling cancer.
"From Ryder, With Love" has been collecting toys for the last month to give to pediatric patients. Fox 42 News was at the Omaha Children's hospital this morning as the delivery truck showed up.
From Play-doh to golf clubs all of the toys were donated, but not just from people in Omaha. The word spread on social media and some of the toys came from half way across the country.
"Ryder was a perfectly happy, healthy baby boy in 2010 when he woke up with what looked like a ping pong ball stuck in his throat and it was later diagnosed as cancer," Robin Richards said.
Ryder fought for 10 months before his body gave up. He died just after turning three. Now every year the family collects toys in honor of his birthday. "Well, the original thought was if we can take the presents we would have bought him for his birthday and take them to the kids at the hospital, that we can give back to the community by giving the presents we would've given him."
Last year they collected 1500 toys, this year they received over 1800. It's all to help other children who are going through a similar experience, feel at home while in the hospital. "Just because these kids are in children's hospital does not mean that they are confined to their beds. They have up and around days that they can play with bubbles and paint on windows and color on doors and do whatever they can do to be normal kids just everyday," Richards said.
While this is the second year they've collected toys for the Omaha Children's hospital, they hope next year will be even bigger. They plan to continue the tradition for years to come.
To read more on Ryder's story and get information on Ryder's toy round-up go to https://www.facebook.com/FromRyderWithLove?ref=ts&fref=ts
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