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'Wish' lives on as foundation gives to pediatric cancer patients

3:45 p.m. update: Mikey got his treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and spent most of his high school years in the hospital, said Felice Callahan, his aunt, who lives in East Amherst.


As you can see with the picture posted below, Mikey visited Women and Children's Hospital in 2005. Today's visit was the third time the foundation came here, and the organization has scheduled visits to seven hospitals around the country this year.


Here's the video:



12:58 p.m.: ELMWOOD VILLAGE -- The wish of a dying boy made more than four years ago kept on giving this morning in Women and Children's Hospital. 

Representatives of "Mikey's Way Foundation," founded by Michael "Mikey" Friedman, came to the hospital to give out electronic toys.

Mikey died at age 19 in 2008 after battling a rare and aggressive cancer for more than four years.


His father, Les, and aunt, Felice Callahan, along with other volunteers, handed out electronic toys including iPods, digital cameras and portable video game systems to children in the pediatric oncology ward. These and other toys distributed today were the same ones that Mikey had while he was fighting his disease.



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Here's a photo from December 2005 of Mikey Friedman, then 16, giving 13-month-old Ty Calhoun, with his mother, Erikka, a LeapPad laptop in Women and Children's Hospital. (Photo by Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)



The toys were also the ones he requested and received from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to give out to other sick kids when he started the foundation.


Buffalo Bills defensive back Lydell Sargeant was also on hand to visit with the kids and give out the toys.


Check back soon for some video from today's event.


--Aaron Besecker

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