Thirteen-year-old battling cancer wants to raise $1 million for other children

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Heading into the holiday season, we're reminded its the season of giving.

A 13-year-old boy battling cancer takes that spirit of giving to a whole new level when you see what he's giving so other kids in the fight of their lives can receive. 

"In December of 2012, I was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia," Reece King said. 

It's a handful for a 13-year-old to have to pronounce, much less fight, but Reece King was only 11 when he was diagnosed.

"It's been a long journey but all in all its been pretty good," King said. 

He knew exactly what he wanted when Make a Wish came calling. The organization grants wishes for kids with life threatening diseases. Reece wanted a tree house from the TV show tree house Masters, but other kids wanted one too -- so Reece changed his mind. 

"My new goal is to raise $1 million for other kids battling cancer throughout the nation," King said. 

"He was willing to give that up to help other kids," his dad said. "There's not a better feeling for a parent."

Now he's helping kick off the Macy's Believe campaign which benefits Make a Wish, penning the first letter to Santa with his Christmas wish. He's already raised more than $200,000 to go to Make a Wish, two children's hospitals in Kentucky and for research. 

"All those charities have helped me through my journey, so I said to myself I may as well give back to them," King said. 

A young boy's simple Christmas wish, with the chance to make a big impact. 

"Just because I don't want anyone else to go through what I've gone through," said King. "Cancer is a terrible thing that needs to be stopped."

"We have 150 kids currently waiting for wishes and we hope we can make 30 of those wishes come true," his dad said.  

Reece and his family do have one Christmas wish for themselves, the gift of health.


"He's doing great, his treatments end at the end of the year -- right around Christmas time -- so we'll have a great Christmas, things are going well. So we're looking forward to a great 2016," his dad said.

Friday marks the start of the eighth annual Macy's Believe campaign. Believers of all ages are encouraged to share their letters to Santa this holiday season. For each letter received, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish.

Find out how to do that and to donate to the Reece Make A Wish campaign, click here

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