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Holiday toy drive: Family whose son battled cancer is now giving back to the Ronald McDonald House.

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

Luke Nelson pictured with toys from last year's drive benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

Seven-year-old Luke Nelson has been cancer free now for three years.

And his family has never forgotten the path – or the people – who helped him reach this point.

As Luke underwent intense treatment for stage 4 cancer in 2016-17 at Cook Children’s Medical Center, his family spent lots of time at the Ronald McDonald House.

“Since Luke’s been cancer free, we’ve made it our mission to give back as much as possible to the Fort Worth Ronald McDonald House,” Luke’s mother Mia Nelson told Beneath the Surface News. “We lived at the house for almost 18 months while he was in treatment and it was a saving grace for us to be able to stay together as a family.”

The entire community fell in love with this kid as he battled cancer.

As the family prepares to celebrate Luke’s 8th birthday on Dec. 26, they are giving back to the Ronald McDonald House with a holiday toy drive from Nov. 1–Dec. 20.

“We want to collect as many new, unopened toys as possible to bless the children and families staying there this holiday season,” Mia said.

The family is also collecting money to stock rooms with essentials like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner that are provided to families staying at the house.

If you want to help with this amazing cause, you can drop off toys at 524 Spring Meadow Street in Stephenville or email


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