Boy with cancer prepares gift bags for fellow patients

Cancer can’t control the Halloween spirit of a 7-year-old patient.

October 29, 2021, 12:32 PM

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Ahkeem Mims of Akron, Ohio was diagnosed with bone cancer last summer. While most kids are enjoying the spooky season, Ahkeem underwent treatment at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital on Oct. 9.

Ahkeem pictured with his father Rayshawn Mims.

But Ahkeem realized he wasn’t the only one missing out on the fall fun and thought about the other kids on his floor.

Ahkeem told World News Tonight on Thursday that he hoped to cheer others up.

“I handed out all the gift bags in the hope that the children will feel better,” Ahkeem said.

Ahkeem Mims of Akron, Ohio, made care bags at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh on Oct. 9.

As of Thursday, Ahkeem will be out of the hospital and back home to recover until his next treatment. His fundraising page, “Ahkeem Strong,” has raised over $52,000.

Rayshawn Mims, Akeem’s father, said he is proud of his son for teaching him an important message.

“He really taught me that whatever you’re going through in life, there’s always room to spread positivity and joy around the world,” Rayshawn Mims said.

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