Trevor Sims, 11, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of 5, had one wish before passing away this past Wednesday: provide food for hungry people in Baton Rouge. After partnering with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Trevor is now close to having his wish fulfilled even though he won’t be here to see it into fruition.
Trevor knew all too well what it felt like to be unsure of when your next meal would come. Back when he was diagnosed, Trevor’s mother, Allison, fell on hard times and was unable to provide the adequate amount of food for her son.
“When I was diagnosed my mom…didn’t have any money to get food and we were starving for two or three days in a row,” Trevor told WBRZ. “She couldn’t get a job because she had to take care of me. I don’t want anyone to feel that way.”
In early September, Trevor and his mother approached the Louisiana food bank hoping that it could help the kind-hearted 11-year-old with his goal of feeding the hungry. Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7, Trevor’s campaign raised $34,000 in cash donations and 23,000 lbs. of food, ABC News reports.
"This is probably one of the most united Baton Rouge efforts that I've ever seen," Emily Zering, public relations and special events coordinator with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, told Nola.com during an interview back in September. "Trevor is so special, and we want to help his wish come true."
According to the American Cancer Society, rhabdomyosarcoma usually forms in cells that develop in three types of skeletal muscles, including muscles that control body movement, internal organ muscles, and heart muscles. It is mainly diagnosed in children.
Around 350 new cases of rhabdomyosarcoma are diagnosed each year in the United States, accounting for three percent of all childhood cancers. Over half of all diagnoses are made before the age of 10, and it is more common in boys than girls.