Young bone marrow transplant survivor treated to toy shopping spree
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 2:32PM EST
A young bone marrow transplant survivor has recovered enough to go on a shopping spree for new toys.
Mia Taylor was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia in 2014. Since learning of her diagnosis, the brave five-year-old was admitted to hospital 15 times, and underwent a barrage of treatments including chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant.
After a year of treatments, Taylor is recovering well. She laced up a pair of runners and raced through a Richmond Hill, Ont. toy store Tuesday for a dream shopping spree sponsored by the Starlight Children's Foundation and Toys "R" Us.
Taylor, her parents and her brother had three minutes to dash through the store, filling three shopping carts with as many toys as possible.
"We kind of went in different directions because I knew what Mia's top choices were," Taylor's mother, Christina, told CTV Toronto's Zuraidah Alman.
"It was just amazing to see a child have that kind of joy (after) such a hard time," Starlight Children's Foundation Vice-President Trevor Dicaire said.
A beaming Taylor said her favourite part was choosing a bicycle.
"This is really and truly what this is all about - helping put a great big smile on someone who really needs it," Toys "R" Us Canada spokesperson Tamar Nersesian said.
Taylor's was one of six three-minute toy sprees held across the country today. Children in Hamilton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver were also treated to carts full of toys.