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Citrus County teen collects Christmas presents for families after cancer battle

Posted at 10:42 PM, Dec 19, 2019

LECANTO, Fla. -- A Citrus County teen is turning his battle with cancer into good this holiday season.

Hunter Brady was diagnosed with stage 4B Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age 15. He underwent rounds of chemotherapy, spending time in and out of the hospital.

"After going what I went through, I kind of realized I almost died twice so after experiencing that, I wanted to turn my heart not only for myself but for other people," said Brady.

Although he's not in remission, Brady says he is finished with treatment and determined to help other kids this Christmas. He's collecting presents to give to families in need this season, to make sure kids have presents to open up.

It's the second year he's done this.

"I thought it was great. He has a huge heart and he’s been very humble through the whole ordeal," said his mother, Cheryl Brady.

The family says they'll be able to help nine families this year, but are still accepting donations.

"Hopefully people will hear about this see this and try to help spread the donations to families that need help the most," Hunter said.

He said this Christmas, he's most looking forward to knowing other kids will be smiling.

"Just waking up and thinking about the kids that actually got their toys that couldn’t afford them but got something out of it," he said.

Brady says he hopes to the grow the effort in the years ahead.