Twelve-year-old Joseph Dees has been living with glioblastoma, an incurable brain tumor, for four years, enduring radiation, chemotherapy and many surgeries. Legos were among his only pleasurable pastimes, and now Joseph is bringing that joy and distraction to other kids.
Earlier this year, Joseph and his family began buying and distributing boxes of Legos at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He went on to coin the name Building Hopes, a group that hopes to spur Lego drives across America. After the Legos from his recent drive are distributed, some 300 children will have received toys through his work.
- Meet TIME’s Newest Class of Next Generation Leaders
- After Visiting Both Ends of the Earth, I Realized How Much Trouble We’re In
- Google Is Making It Easier to Remove Personal Info From Search
- Oil Companies Posted Huge Profits. Here’s Where The Cash Will Go (Hint: Not Climate)
- Column: We Asked Hundreds of Americans About Abortion. Their Feelings Were Complicated
- A Short History of the Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Marcos Family
- Long-Lasting Birth Control Is Already Hard to Get. Advocates Worry It May Only Get Worse
- Who Should Be on the 2022 TIME100? Vote Now