MIDDLEBOROUGH (CBS) – Diabetes did not take the fun out of Halloween for one girl. Instead, she used the occasion to give back to others.
Eleven-year-old Morgan Derby collected 500 pounds of candy to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer patients.
Derby says she did it by going to her mom and dad’s work and asking for donations from her school.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Rod Fritz reports
Derby created “Candy For Kids With Cancer” campaign three years ago when she learned she had Type 1 Diabetes and could not longer eat Halloween candy.
Derby’s grandfather had been treated at Dana-Farber for lung cancer. Derby says Dana-Farber was happy to take her candy off her hands because sometimes as patients go through treatment, they can’t eat much and things don’t taste right.
A small piece of candy can help patients keep their blood sugar up.
Derby first tried to collect 100 pieces of candy but instead, collected 158 pounds of it.
Before this past donation, Derby had donated 300 pounds.
Derby has also been named ‘Patient Of The Quarter’ by her orthodontist at ARCH Orthodontics for her generosity.