EAST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A 9-year-old boy who has spent most of the past four years at a hospital fighting mitochondrial disease is giving back.
Dylan Prunty for the second year in a row organized a Lego toy drive to brighten the holidays for children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
And as part of the toy drive, he hasn’t just been handing out the toys, he’s been handpicking each and every gift set.
“I just want to make sure that I think that it’s the right set and that they’ll have probably as much fun as me, or more,” said Dylan, who loves Legos.
In fact, Legos are all over his hospital room and have helped get him through his many hospital stays.
“It is hard to be here at Christmas because even though you have your family, it is really hard,” he said. “Plus it’s lonely and plus whenever you get a box of Legos, it makes you feel like you’re being thought of.”
Dylan and his family this year received enough donated boxes that each child at the hospital will get one.
After spending most of the fall in a hospital room, he is expected to go home Monday and says it feels “really good and amazing.”
“I like being home. It’s a lot more fun than being here for sure,” said Dylan, who will have to be readmitted for treatment in January.
Although his fight will be a long one, he already has his mind set on having another holiday toy drive next year with the goal of getting even more Legos.