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8-year-old raising awareness and collecting Legos for Leukemia

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- Cancer treatments are never easy, but a simple toy is making a huge difference.  Legos take their minds off of going through chemotherapy and other treatments. A huge effort is underway to bring Legos to cancer kids.

Eight-year-old Aiden Johnson from Sellersburg calls himself a Lego Master, a Lego Maniac, too. You will always find him building, taking those tiny pieces and making a masterpiece.

Aiden talks about his favorite Legos -- "Lego City, Lego Ninjago, Lego Star Wars."  He has completed small sets and large ones like a castle and he's able to finish them quickly.

Gena Johnson, Aiden's mother says, "It has taken his mind off the fact that he has cancer.  It really has made a difference in the way treatments go. The long days and the long nights, we come in and we're prepared. We have Legos and we're ready to be here for a week."

Aiden is undergoing his second battle with Leukemia. The first time, he was just two and half years old. Chemotherapy has been rough.

A sign outside his door says, "Get better soon."

Gena Johnson says, "We hope that it's going to keep the Leukemia away.  There is a one in five chance that the Leukemia will return and if and when that happens, we will be forced to do a bone marrow transplant."

Aiden and his family are in charge of the local chapter of Legos for Leukemia which just started at Kosair Children's Hospital. People can donate new unopened Lego sets at drop off locations all over the area.

Click here to find out where to drop off Legos.

Aiden loves Legos so much, he even has a Lego print blanket that is on his hospital bed.  Legos for Leukemia is hoping to get donors to make similar blankets for the children at Kosair.

So far, the family has collected 50 Lego sets, but needs many more so children fighting cancer can experience the same joy that Legos bring to Aiden.

The hospital also has a bulletin board for Aiden. This month, it's about Random Acts of Kindness. Aiden is just hoping to bring more kindness to children with cancer, one Lego at a time.

Gena Johnson says, "We hope it's something that allows him to not think about having cancer when he's in the hospital receiving his treatments, but it's also something we want other kids to experience and forget they have cancer for the moment too."

Legos for Leukemia started in 2009. It's now at 27 hospitals nationwide.

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