Boy Collects Pillow Pets for Cancer Patients

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Even as 7-year-old Jake McConahay battles life-threatening cancer, he's on a mission to help other children facing the same disease.

The first-grader takes his Pillow Pet dinosaur "Jake" to every chemotherapy treatment. He recently decided to share that comfort of cuddling a stuffed animal with other sick kids across the country.

"I just asked him one day. I said, 'What do you think kids need at Riley (Cancer Center) that they don't already have?'" Jake's mother Natosha McConahay said. "And he said, "I think everyone, all the boys and girls, should have Pillow Pets.'"

Pillow Pets are the popular stuffed animals that can fold or lay flat.

Jake's original goal was to collect 1,000 Pillow Pets, but in only four months he collected nearly 3,000 of the toys.

Donations have come from classmates, church members and others who were touched by his story.

"We're just humbled by what happens when God grabs an idea that a little kid has," said pastor Joe McGinnis, leader of the Northview Church children's ministry that Jake attends.

"This is like the loaves and the fish." McGinnis continued. "This is a little kid who's offering something at a really tough time that's now reaching thousands and thousands of people."

Jake said his new goal is to collect 1 million Pillow Pets.

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