6-Year-Old Stricken with Brain Cancer Extends His Heart to Other Sick Kids for Halloween

Nico Castro
An angel in disguise

If you want to break my heart slowly and painfully, tell me the story of a seriously sick kid. If you want me to die a little inside, tell me the kid probably won’t get any better.

I was about to start sobbing when I clicked on this People magazine story. And while it’s the story of a really sick kid, it’s also a story that warmed my heart instead of shattering it into little pieces (although it still did that, too, just in a sweet kind of way).

If you haven’t heard of Nico Castro, you should. Here’s why:

Nico Castro, 6, was diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago. He was thrilled when he learned recently that he wouldn’t have to spend Halloween in the hospital, especially since he just finished yet another round of chemotherapy.

But as thrilled as Nico was for himself, he was sad for the other kids who would have to spend Halloween in the hospital, including his most recent roommate at California’s Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. So he did something about it: raised money to buy all the kids Halloween costumes.

With the help of his dad Raul, Nico organized a costume drive at his dad’s automotive body shop on Oct. 4. About a hundred people came with Halloween-themed books, movies and costumes, and Nico also collected $1,200 in cash, which helped him collect 166 costumes. He’ll be handing them out to the sick kids in the hospital on Halloween morning.

Nico will dress up as Batman for Halloween in part because he’s self-conscious of his bald head due to chemotherapy. On all other days of the year, however,  you don’t have to look too hard to see that Nico is an absolute angel.

Costume or cash donations may be dropped off or sent to C&C Automotive Refinishing, 860 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066

Photo credit: YouTube

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