Springfield boy battling leukemia collects more than 1,000 toys for Baystate Medical Center

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September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Ben Manzi decided to collect toys for children with cancer. SPRINGFIELDĀ  -- At just 8 years old, Ben Manzi knows what it's like to have needles poking him all the time and IV bags filling his small body with fluid. He knows what it's like to spend school days and holidays in the hospital and spend more time with nurses and doctors than his friends. "I've had three surgeries in my life and it's hard," said Ben, a Springfield boy who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia just a few weeks before Christmas in 2015. Ben is now in remission, although he still has a year of treatments ahead of him. He wanted to do something for all of the kids like him who have to spend...

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