Young boy diagnosed with leukemia donates toys to other sick patients

Hampden County

A young boy is helping kids who are hospitalized feel better, one toy at a time. 

Team BAM! delivered over 1,000 toys, games and books to Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield Friday.

The group was formed last year by nine-year-old Ben Manzi and his mom. Ben was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just six-years-old.

22News spoke with Ben’s mom, Kati Otero, who said giving back is important to them because of how much help they received from the community during their time of need.

“He wanted to make sure the other kids had help too, that they had rewards for going through hard times and that they could feel better,” Otero said.

Team BAM!’s mission is to organize fundraisers that will benefit local children who have cancer as well as support research on childhood leukemia. 

Friday’s was Team BAM’s third toy drive, and it was the biggest yet.

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