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Dominic Helps Fill Toy Chest for Hospital Patients

  • Geoffrey has a new friend in Dominic.
    Photographs © Kate Buckley Photography

  • Dominic and his brother arrive at the hospital to help pass out toys to other kids.
    Photographs © Kate Buckley Photography

  • Dominic fills up the hospital treasure chest with toys to cheer up other kids like him.
    Photographs © Kate Buckley Photography

  • Dominic’s family can find many reasons to smile.
    Photographs © Kate Buckley Photography

“ Because I wanted to see the kids happy. ”

Dominic smiles as he fills his shopping cart with toys. He is on a shopping spree ... not really for himself, but for kids at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC.

People at the hospital know Dominic well. When he was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2012, he spent many days at the hospital for treatments. And his visits to the toy treasure chest brought him joy.

When Make-A-Wish volunteers visited Dominic, he told them he wanted to make other kids happy. He wanted to fill up the hospital’s toy treasure chest. Dominic shopping spree takes him to his favorite places to stock up on toys. Once he has everything he needs, he heads back to the hospital to deliver the newly purchased toys. He walks hand-in-hand with his little brother down the hospital corridor; the two boys place the toys in the treasure chest one by one. Dominic’s physicians and hospital staff are present to thank him and celebrate his donation.

All of Dominic’s donated toys have a sticker label that reads “Donated by Dominic.”

Dominic's wish is certain to live on: Kids will see the stickers on the toys and know that someone who cared stepped forward to help them.

And Dominic may have looked at his wish as an obvious choice – but one day, he'll realize the magnitude of his generosity and what an incredible example he set for the world. He'll have numerous media stories and videos to remind him of how he put the needs of others in front of his own.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Mike C.

Dominic, You Rock. I read about your Wish and that is the coolest idea I have ever heard. You may not realize it but you are a hero!

I hope Santa brings you and your buddies lots more toys to enjoy the Holidays.

Stay Strong and Enjoy Life

Mike C.

November 19, 2014 - 11:40 AM


Dominic, you are AWESOME! You are going to bring smiles to many other boys and girls with your generosity.

November 19, 2014 - 3:29 PM



November 19, 2014 - 3:43 PM


Dominic your a angel that has blessed your friends with joy.And you remain a solider.

November 19, 2014 - 5:19 PM

Kyle Hublitz

Dominic - You are a very cool and very special young man! You demonstrate the true power of a wish by sharing the joy of your gift with others. Great work, you are awesome!

November 19, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Kelly S.

Bless you Dominic for your giving, caring, and loving spirit. 😊

November 19, 2014 - 7:31 PM


Dominic, you are an amazing young man! Bless your heart! I pray for you health and happiness.

November 19, 2014 - 8:56 PM

Kirsta C.

Dominic you are an amazing young man with a BIG HEART! Your generosity will be appreciated!

November 20, 2014 - 10:55 AM

Jenny G

God has truly blessed the world with a little angel in Dominic! If the world was full of little Dominic's it would be nothing but loving and peaceful. Bless you Dominic and may your life be filled with more love and joy than you know what to do with.

November 21, 2014 - 6:16 AM


Dominic, you are an inspiration and example to us all during this Thanksgiving season. I am thankful that your kind and thoughtful Wish shows us that adults can learn so much from children. I wish you a healthy and happy life!

November 21, 2014 - 8:12 AM


What a beautiful story! What a giving spirit you have Dominic. You are one incredible little boy. :) May God bless you. :)

November 21, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Connie F

Hi Dominic You are a true inspiration to us all.. Your willingness to give to others from your a beautiful thing..I will pray for u so God will help you & bless you...Thanks for sharing your story...i'm truly touched...

November 21, 2014 - 3:15 PM


Best wish I've heard by far, and most heart felt, selfless wish. You will most likely be a role model to those kids. You're amazing, keep it up! <3

December 10, 2014 - 7:29 PM

Karen D.

I am amazed at the hearts these young children have. Dominic touched my heart so much by his wish. My Son was in the hospital for a severe head injury and left his precious beloved big teddy bear behind. I told him I would go get it for him and he said "The sick kicks can have it Mommy, that's ok. My teddy will make them happy" I was so proud of him as we all are of Dominic for his Wonderful Wish to help make the sick children happy.

January 25, 2015 - 9:24 AM


You are truly a special person with the biggest heart. This has touched me in ways you will never know! Be awesome and never lose that generosity

February 26, 2015 - 8:53 PM

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