When Bryce Hill was asked what he wanted for his birthday, his answer was simple: to help the animals at his local shelter.
Hill, a now six year-old child from Illinois, was recently diagnosed with juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. While his family has struggled to cope with the diagnosis and treatment, Hill himself has remained focused on helping others. So, when Hill’s birthday came around, opting to help shelter animals may have been a natural choice for him. According to Gina Panther, Hill’s mother, his rationale was clear, “I don’t need presents and they need stuff more than me.”
With that mindset and his birthday presents in tow, Hill visited Illinois Valley Animal Rescue (IVAR) to deliver the supplies. In appreciation of his efforts, the rescue bestowed upon Hill the title of Honorary Volunteer.
“IVAR made him an honorary volunteer and he played with all the cats as his job. He is going to try and volunteer once a week, or as he can when he feels good. He loves playing with the cats and can’t wait to do it again.”
— Gina Panther, Mother of Bryce Hill
Following the visit to IVAR, Hill is eager to find other ways to stay involved with the shelter and to continue to help animals in need.
For more information about Bryce Hill, his generosity, and his fight against cancer, visit Bryce’s Battle on Facebook.