WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- In 2015, 2 On Your Side shared the story of 19-month-old Peyton Cerasani, whose battle with a brain cyst led her family to bringing some holiday cheer to young patients who couldn't leave the hospital for Christmas.
On Saturday, Peyton's family headed out to do some more shopping at the Toys "R" Us on Transit Road in Williamsville to again give a cheerful gift to Children's Hospital ICU patients.
This shopping was the culmination of collecting toy drive donations for over two months, said Peyton's father Nathan Cersani.
Peyton's Toy Drive is in its second year and was started by Nathan and his wife Ginny when their daughter needed brain surgery last December. That year, they collected and helped deliver around 200 toys.
Peyton is still recovering from the intensive surgery last year and often visits specialists, her father said. However, she was bundled and smiling Saturday as she helped pick out toys for ICU patients and load dozens of bags of them into a family vehicle. Nathan said they had about $1,300 to spend on toys.
"It's pretty incredible, the amount of donations and the support from not only the kids, but also our whole family doing this... it's pretty awesome," Nathan said.
"We really appreciate everyone who has supported us," Nathan added. "My wife has done an amazing job organizing this. It's been a constant process of updating the Facebook page and it's been really awesome to see all the support."
He also said they hope to have another Toy Drive in their daughter's name for ICU patients next Christmas season.