When Ryder RIchards lost his battle to cancer, his family decided to start a toy drive. Last year, they donated 1500 toys to other kids battling cancer.
"He was a beautiful, smiling, and blond baby boy." said Rachel Richards, Ryder's aunt.
Rachel misses her nephew everyday.
"He woke up from a nap in November of 2010 with what looked like a ping pong ball stuck in his throat." said Rachel.
It was cancer. They removed the lump and things were going well...
"On Labor Day weekend, he came to his mom complaining of leg pain and she found more lumps in his leg." said Rachel.
The cancer was back-and this time-there was nothing they could do.
"It was at that point they told us just to take him home and love him as long as we could." said Rachel.
Rachel said, "While I was out trick-or-treating with my kids, Ryder was taking his last breath with his mommy."
Rachel says the family-struggling with the loss-wanted to honor Ryder. They decided to do that by giving toys to other kids at Children's Hospital who are fighting cancer.
Rachel said, "At first, we thought well maybe we'll just take the toys we bought for his birthday over...and then it just snowballed."
Did it ever. 1500 toys were donated last year. Every toy donated is marked..."From Ryder With Love." It's another way to honor him.
Ryder's Toy Roundup just kicked off it's second year...and the donations are starting to pour in for Children's Hospital.
"They fought like crazy to save him, but it just wasn't in the cards for Ryder." said Rachel.
The family is holding a "Stuff The Bus" event this year: Metro Area Transit donated a bus to fill with toys.
Stuff The Bus Event
Saturday, September 28th
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Westroads Mall, Outside of JC Penney
You can also donate right now. The two addresses are listed above on the flyer.
Children's Hospital says they are humbled by the family's generosity. They are extremely touched by all of their efforts.