WOOD RIVER, Neb. — When Make-a-Wish asked 6-year-old Lamya Luckey of Wood River what she wanted, she thought of the kids she met at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha.
One of her wishes was to go to Walt Disney World, but she also wished to give toys to sick children. Her mother, Renee, thought she would try to do both.
Her friends and family have initiated a toy drive to help her reach her goal. There are toy dropoff locations in Hastings, Grand Island, Cairo and Doniphan.
Lamya, a Centura first-grader, was diagnosed with a brain tumor just a week after her birthday in April.
Renee Luckey said she took her daughter to the doctor after she had several episodes of being nauseated in the morning, then fine in the afternoon.
“They decided it must be a sinus infection,” she said, but when Lamya continued to throw up in the mornings, an MRI was performed. That showed a mass in the back of her head about the size of a lime — it was medulloblastoma, a type of cancer.
The mass was removed April 10, two days after her MRI.
Cancerous cells had spread to her spinal cord, so Lamya had several rounds of radiation followed by chemotherapy. She has two rounds of chemo left.
After surgery, Lamya had to spend time at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital to relearn some basic functions. She returns to Children's Hospital in Omaha for chemo each month.
When Lamya told Make-a-Wish her “backup” wish if she couldn't go to Florida was to “give all the sick kids presents and visit with them,” Renee thought it was a passing fancy.
But the 6-year-old kept coming back to it.
Renee asked Lamya why she wanted to give toys to the other kids.
“Because I want to fill my heart with joy,” she said.
The toy drive will continue until Dec. 21, and Lamya will get to distribute the toys in January.
Lamya also has heard good news from her doctors, who said her last MRI showed the cancer was gone.
The Luckeys plan to go to Disney World next summer.