July 1st - August 31st
Benefiting UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
What is this toy drive about?
This toy drive was started last year by a big hearted, precocious 7-year-old named Marcus Mead.
He is the big brother of "Mighty Maia" who was born on August 29, 2013. Maia was born with several congenital heart defects including Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Most of her short life was spent in the hospital, in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at UCSF. She endured countless surgeries, procedures, and complications but is most known for her bright eyes, big smile, and her relentless fighting spirit. After fighting a brave battle, Maia became an angel on her 1st birthday.
As Maia's big brother, Marcus knows all too well what it feels like to live in the hospital. He was always by Maia's side and also befriended many patients and their siblings, and wants to put smiles on all the kids' faces. It's his way of keeping Maia's memory alive while doing something positive and inspiring.
Although Maia is only with us in spirit, we are forever grateful for the love, support, and prayers our family continues to receive. Our mission in life is to give back and help others, inspire, even if it's as simple as sharing our story.