A donation toy drive is being held this Saturday, May 3, from 1-3 p.m. at the Altus Air Force Base Community Center to commemorate the removal of a young man’s leg brace, and to thank the children’s hospital that has helped him since the age of 3. Troy Cummings, a 16 year-old junior at Navajo, is holding the event “Bye Bye Brace,” to celebrate the occasion.
Cummings wore the brace on his right leg for 13 years after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy to help keep those muscles stretched on that side, said Shawn Cummings of his son Troy. Troy was finally told by his doctor he had made enough progress and wouldn’t have to wear the brace any longer.
“Troy would like to give back to the hospital that has helped him,” Shawn said. “It was his idea to give back to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.” Shawn explained that when Troy was first began visiting Shriner Hospital, each child was able to search through a big bucket to pick from and take home a toy after a patient visit, and wants to contribute to the tradition.
There will be video games, pool, and jousting at the event, as well as pizza, cake, and ice cream.
Troy, with his parents Shawn and Kristi Cummings, invite the community to bring a toy or monetary donation to be given to Shriner’s Hospital. All toys will be given to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Shreveport, La.