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A Day of Wishful Giving

“ I just want other kids to feel happy. ”

- Henry

  • Henry , 17

    • cancer
    • I wish to give back

Pay it forward. Spread joy. Bring smiles. That was Henry's mission.

The teen's heartfelt wish was to give toys to children at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, exactly one year after his own hospital stay on the oncology floor.

In June 2018, the teen was diagnosed with cancer. For Henry, the hardest part of it all was knowing how his diagnosis impacted his family.

"I tried to stay strong for them," said Henry.

During treatment, Henry said he often felt scared and nervous — until a nurse gifted him a teddy bear. Holding onto that stuffed animal helped him with the anxiety he was feeling.

This act of generosity left a lasting impact on the teen. So much so, that when Make-A-Wish Oregon asked Henry what his one true wish would be, he knew he wanted to bring this same comfort to other children at OHSU.

With the help of volunteers, donors, and supporters like you, Make-A-Wish Oregon fulfilled Henry's wish to give back.

The teen went on a shopping spree at the Disney store in Clackamas Town Center to handpick hundreds of stuffed animals for other local children. 

"I have a beautiful family, and the fact that I'm here right now is all I need," said Henry. "I just want other kids to feel happy."

When Oregon Governor Kate Brown heard about Henry, she was so inspired, she honored him as an Amazing Oregonian.

“I often hear about remarkable things happening, but when I encounter someone as special as you, [Henry] doing something as extraordinary as you are today, I am reminded of why our home is such a special place," said Governor Kate Brown.

KGW-TV was also there for Henry's Day of Wishful Giving, to watch the story CLICK HERE.

Be a part of Henry's mission to give back. Donate in his honor today.

***Photos courtesy: Molly J. Smith.  Video courtesy: Fortem Films.***

  • Henry shopping for toys.

  • Henry and family at the Disney Store

  • Henry's giant receipt!

  • Henry and all of his toys.

  • Henry holds a framed letter from Governor Kate Brown.

  • Henry hands out toys to kids at OHSU.

  • Henry shakes hands with his surgeon.

  • Henry hands out toys to kids at OHSU.

  • Henry and his mom.

  • Henry hands out toys to kids at OHSU.

  • Henry hands out toys to kids at OHSU.

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