'It feels good to give gifts': 7-year-old cancer survivor donates shopping spree to sick children

Auden picked out toys, gifts and holiday decorations to donate to children with blood cancer.


An Ohio second-grader and cancer survivor is helping brighten the holiday season for sick children in the hospital.


Seven-year-old Auden Nichols was 3 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was recently given a free shopping spree from Burlington stores and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

He went shopping with his mom and Emery, his twin sister.

"These I think would be good," he said picking out a pair of Christmas pajamas.

Auden decided to choose toys, gifts and Christmas decorations to donate to Children's Hospital for blood cancer patients.

"Is there batteries at the hospital?" Auden asked, after picking out an electronic toy.

"That's the route that we take in life in general... to be grateful and to be thankful and to pay it forward," said Lauren Nichols, Auden's mom.

Auden said he still remembers what it was like spending a lot of time in the hospital and getting surprises to cheer him up. He said he wanted other children to feel good after receiving his gifts.

"It feels good to give gifts to people," he said. "I think that would make the kids feel a lot better."

Auden's message serves as a reminder of the true meaning of the season and a heartfelt lesson in regifting.

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