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The story of superhero Nico

This story dates back to 2012, but the message was so inspiring that I was compelled to share. Nico Castro, a 6-year-old from San Bruno, California, was a brain cancer patient who was genuinely touched by the other cancer patients at his ward.

When the doctors gave him the green light to go trick-or-treating that year thanks to a break in his chemotherapy, Nico, although thrilled about the news, started to worry about the other kids in the hospital who were worse off than him. He asked his mom if it was true that they couldn’t go trick-or-treating to get candy. The next part will make you realize how big Nico’s heart is. Nico asked his parents if they could buy costumes and treats for the kids in the cancer ward because he felt sad knowing that they’ll be missing out. Moved by the thoughtfulness of their son, they wanted to help Nico make that dream come true,

Unfortunately, Nico’s family took a hard hit after the cancer diagnosis with medical bills, So, what Nico’s family did was start a costume drive and they were surprised by the support from their community. The news spread about Nico’s costume drive that they even started receiving packages from places across the United States like Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas. Everything from costumes to trinkets for all ages and genders. Nico was thrilled about the support because he knew how a Halloween surprise could instantly change your whole attitude about being sick.

Nico and his family’s kind gesture to help other cancer patients is inspiring because their story encourages others to be more compassionate to bring much-needed joy to those who need it most.

To thank Nico for inspiring his community to come together, influencers got together to create a custom Batman cape for Nico and his siblings. Nico’s favourite superhero is Batman.

Nico’s act of kindness started a movement in his community that members even started asking if they could go to the hospital to hand out goodies to the kids on Halloween. The community even pitched in more than $1200 to offset some of the medical costs to children at the ward. This story reminds us that Halloween is just like the other more celebrated holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. It’s about sharing and giving too.

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