Family Donates Toy Chest to WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN – The family and friends of Kacy Harris will gather at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Physician Office Center’s cystic fibrosis workroom to dedicate a toy chest to the Children’s Hospital.

Harris, of Mount Zion, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth, and spent much of her life at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. During her many stays at the hospital, she enjoyed a small toy chest located on the pediatric unit. “Whether she was picking out a toy for herself or helping a younger patient select a teddy bear, the toy chest always brought a smile to her face,” said her mom, Kathy.

On Sept. 14, 2004, Harris lost her battle with cystic fibrosis. She was 19 years old. “Kacy had a good life,” Kathy said. “She never felt sorry for herself. She always put other’s feelings before her own and she loved kids.”

Following her death, Kacy’s friends and family wanted her caring spirit to live on at the hospital. “We discussed donating a toy chest to the hospital with Kacy before she passed away,” said family friend Sue Oshaway. “Kacy was thrilled with the idea, and I promised her we would do it.”

The toy chest, which will be stuffed with toys for the patients of Children’s Hospital, will also include a photo of Kacy. “We will continue to fill the toy chest as needed,” Oshoway said. “We want Kacy to bring the same joy to patients’ lives that she brought to ours.”

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For more information:
Sarah Opel, WVU Children’s Hospital (304) 598-4346

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