" Dear Tucker's Toybox, every time that I have chemotherapy and it is a tough day, at the end my nurses let me pick from the Tucker's Toybox. My Sissy and I have received so many smiles from your organization.! Thank you for all you do." Mykayla
Tucker's Toybox is the last wish of an 11 year old boy named Tucker Arnold who has been there. He spent many days and nights in the hospital while he battled leukemia. During that time he found the boredom to be depressing and lonely, the treatment to be stressful and scary and he felt trapped and frustrated by having to be in the hospital. On the occasion that he would get a new toy he would be able to escape all of this and simply be a kid again and play. It not only brought him joy and distraction but made his family happy to see him smile and play. It was good medicine for everyone.
Tucker celebrated his 11th birthday inpatient at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. It was Tucker’s wish to share the gifts that he received with the other kids in the cancer ward with him that day. In his words, getting a new toy helped make being in the hospital not so bad. With a list of the gender and ages of each child he thoughtfully hand picked a gift for each of them. His mother pulled him in the red wagon along with the gifts from room to room passing out toys to the children. Tucker remarked often how seeing their smiles lifted his spirits so much that he wanted to start a toy giving charity he called Tucker's Toybox once he had completed his treatment. When he learned that he would not survive he asked that the charity be started in his name to remember him by.
To remember Tucker's bravery the Tucker Arnold Foundation is working towards placing a Bravery Reward Toybox in every oncology clinic.