Six-Year-Old Brain Cancer Patient Starts Halloween Costume Drive

NBC Latino

For 6-year-old brain cancer patient, Nico Castro, Halloween is the most important day of the year. The young boy, who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, is undergoing chemotherapy at the Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center in California.

Although Nico was cleared for treatment in time for Halloween, he grew concerned for other sick children who may not be home for the special holiday. “I don’t want them to miss out on candy,” said Nico to Today.com.

As a result, Nico and his family decided to launch a Halloween costume drive for sick children at Nico’s hospital. His mom, Marlene Castro said, “We do instill being considerate of others who don’t have as much as we do even though we don’t have that much. We donate all the time for holidays, always a boy and girl toy."

Last Thursday they held the costume drive at the hospital, where Nico ran around with a Star Wars Stormtrooper costume and handed out costumes and treats to the young kids. He admits he will be swapping his costume for Dark Knight this year.

When it comes to her son’s generous spirit, she said, “It did surprise me because of his age. He’s aware and sensitive to kids who can’t go trick or treating.”

Doctors say Nico’s cancer has not spread and he’s fighting the cancer day by day. The family’s drive is ongoing. For more information and to learn how you can support Nico's costume drive visit Today.com.

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