Saint Anthony Receives Special Delivery

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Pediatric patients at Saint Anthony Hospital received a special visit from a local family who delivered more than 1,000 toys this holiday season. Tom and Lucy Sanchez, relatives and friends collect and deliver toys each year in memory of their late son, Tommy Sanchez.  Tommy was diagnosed with germ cell cancer at the age of 17 and after numerous hospital stays promised to give back to pediatric patients and bring hope to children and families during what could be difficult times. Sadly, Tommy lost his battle with cancer and was unable to see his wish come true. Since Tommy’s passing in 2013, the Sanchez family vowed to fulfill his last wish and started “Tommy’s Gifts” to bring joy to children in hospitals during the holidays. This is the fourth year, the family has partnered with Saint Anthony Hospital. After several area hospitals have closed their pediatric inpatient units over the last couple of years, Saint Anthony Hospital pediatrics has remained open to support children and families on Chicago’s southwest side.

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