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Bricks for Leukemia Partners with Valley Businesses for Cause

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Bricks for Leukemia is collecting Legos, other toys Bricks for Leukemia is collecting Legos, other toys

A cause in the Shenandoah Valley is working to make the difficult journey for children battling cancer a little less painful.

Bricks for Leukemia is an off-shoot of Legos for Leukemia, and is collaborating with businesses in a drive to support Virginia’s youngest patients.

Valley Honda and Valley Volkswagen are currently in a friendly competition to see who can collect the most Legos. The campaign's purpose is to make the holidays and long hospital stays a little less painful for kids. But besides delivering toys, the organizers, deeply affected by the cause themselves, also deliver a heart-warming message.

Back in June, Rachel Gray received a diagnosis nobody is prepared to hear.

"I was diagnosed with high grade sarcoma of the soft tissue, which high grade means it's very aggressive,” said Gray, youth advocate for Bricks for Leukemia.

This month, the 15-year-old sophomore at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville finished chemotherapy treatment.

"I look at it as: 'I just got to get it done. And the faster I get it done, I can go back to a normal life.' I can't mope about it because nothing's going to change it,” said Gray.

Facing great adversity, Gray decided she would give back and become a youth advocate for Bricks for Leukemia.

"I like helping people. I just like to see the little kid's reactions,” said Gray.

Along with Bricks for Leukemia Director Giana Miller, she's working with Valley Honda and Valley Volkswagen to gather as many Legos and toys as possible in time for the holidays.

"It removes a child from what they're going through, and it uses the creative part of the brain to help them deal with what they're going through. The delivery day is very emotional for me because of knowing the lives that are touched," said Miller.

When Miller's grandson, Dane, battled leukemia in Colorado, she decided to bring the cause to Virginia kids, too.

"He built a new Lego set every single day. Children touch the hearts of everybody. And to know what they're going through, which many don't. I wish we could walk through, take a child and walk through their journey, because it is so horrendous,” said Miller.

They believe no one should fight this alone. Gray's method is to remain positive.

"I mean, just go with the flow. As Dory says, just keep swimming,” said Gray.

You have until the end of December to make a donation to one, or both, of the drop-off sites at Valley Honda and Valley Volkswagen.

Brands similar to Legos and toddler books are also accepted as well. For more information on how you can help, click here.

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