PISCATAWAY, NJ – It’s been three years since Mikey Wojcik lost his dad, Mike to pancreatic cancer, and the pain remains ever high.

“This year of all of them has been the hardest for me,” 12-year-old Mikey wrote on his mom’s Facebook page. “It’s just finally hitting me that I will never see him again and it is just so crazy to think that.”

Feb. 1 would have been his dad’s 55th birthday. To continue to honor him, Mikey chose that day to kick-off this year’s fundraising drive so he can purchase new toys for children who are being treated for cancer at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) in New Brunswick.

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He said doing so will help put a smile on the kids’ faces during their rounds of treatment.

“We don’t want any kid to leave that office being sad because they got a shot or chemo,” the Piscataway student said about why he wants to donate the toys. “We want kids to leave feeling happier than he or she did walking in there.”

Mikey raised enough money last year to allow he and his mother, Indira to make three trips to drop off toys at CINJ.

“This year I want to top that and do better so that we can deliver more toys to the Cancer Institute,” he said.

So far, Mikey has raised over $300.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation can send cash and checks to: Mikey Wojcik, P.O. Box 152, Piscataway, NJ 08855.

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