10-year-old cancer patient organizes toy drive for other kids in hospital

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Emily Lomeli (Photo credit: BelieveIn17.org)

Emily Lomeli (Photo credit: BelieveIn17.org)

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A 10-year-old cancer patient Thursday delivered donated toys to children in the pediatric unit at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, reports CBS Los Angeles.  Emily Lomeli was recently diagnosed with immature ovarian teratoma, a rare type of ovarian cancer, and has been receiving chemotherapy treatments at the hospital.

Instead of dwelling on her own plight, she helped organize a toy drive for other kids facing life-threatening illnesses. “It’s a big day for me because I’m giving out toys in the play room,” Lomeli said. “If you do something good, it feels good.”

Her family and teammates on the NV Titans from the North Valley Youth Baseball League joined her. As an avid baseball player and fan, Lomeli wears the number 17 and was given a tour of the Dodgers clubhouse and stadium by outfielder Andre Ethier earlier this week.

Lomeli has one more round of chemotherapy. Her doctor believes she’ll be able to join her team on the field in the spring. Anyone interested in making a donation to help with Lomeli’s treatment should visit believein17.org.

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