By Dave Crawley

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A treasure chest filled with toys brought smiles to a 4-year-old boy from Mercer, during visits to the Children’s Hospital oncology clinic.

So when the Make-a-Wish Foundation granted him the wish of his choice, he decided to “pay it forward.”

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Dominic Kerr went on a shopping spree. But the wagon loads of gifts are not for him.

Joined by little brother Damian, flanked by applauding hospital staff, he makes his way into the clinic. Dominic is all too familiar with this room.

When it came to making a wish, his father, Mick Kerr says, “We kind of let him decide, and he always enjoyed getting toys out of the treasure chest. So it was kind of a natural fit, I guess.”

Make-a-Wish grants wishes to children with life threatening conditions. Diagnosed with a form of cancer two years ago, Dominic made his choice.

“Dominic wished not for himself but for other children,” says regional Make-a-Wish President Judith Stone. “He had a memory of coming to children’s hospital, and one of the highlights was going to the treasure chest.”

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“And he went on a shopping spree yesterday, and practically bought out Toys ‘R’ Us,” she continued. “And they were also very generous and they added things for him to bring today for the other children.”

He had the same experience at Walmart. Now, that treasure chest is overflowing.

“Just seeing him, as happy as the toys made him, I hope it makes other kids as happy,” says his dad. “And hope it gives them hope and makes it an easier time in the whole situation.”

Dominic’s response?

“Because I wanted to see the kids happy.”

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