(BATON ROUGE, La.) — A boy whose dying wish was to feed the hungry passed away just weeks after he helped start a citywide food drive that is expected to result in 200,000 meals.
Trevor Sims, 11, died of rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that develops in the soft tissue and often strikes children, according to ABC News affiliate WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La. Trevor, of Baton Rouge, was first diagnosed at age 5.
A few weeks before he died, Trevor was able to celebrate his two final wishes. The first was to feed the hungry. A citywide campaign in Trevor’s name galvanized the community. In one week approximately 23,000 pounds of food and $34,000 in monetary donations was donated to the Baton Rouge Food bank, enough to provide approximately 200,000 meals.
Trevor wanted to start the food drive after experiencing what it was like to be left hungry. He told WBRZ after he initially was diagnosed, his mother was unable to buy food.
“When I was diagnosed my mom…didn’t have any money to get food and we were starving for two or three days in a row,” Trevor said. “She couldn’t get a job because she had to take care of me. I don’t want anyone to feel that way,” he said.
Trevor also said people can make a difference by doing little things for people. “You can make a difference everyday just by helping someone who is getting bullied or helping someone cross the street,” said Trevor.
Trevor’s second wish was simple: he just wanted to celebrate his 11th birthday. He was able to do that earlier in October while surrounded by family and friends.
His mother told WBRZ she hopes the food drive will continue annually in Trevor’s name.
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