NEWPORT BEACH — Hoag Cancer Center now has a small library, thanks to a group of Newport Elementary School students who collected close to 100 books, then donated them to the center today.
The book drive began about a month ago after a pair of children noticed that the patient reception area didn't have anything for them to read.
They'd been waiting for their mother, who was undergoing a serious round of chemotherapy for breast cancer, which had spread throughout parts of her body.
So Dawson and Mary Maloney, ages 9 and 7, respectively, organized a book drive at their school. The end result was boxes upon boxes of paperbacks and hardbacks being hauled into the cancer center at 1 Hoag Drive.
"The kids did everything; the students did all the work," said mother Britten Burdick Maloney, 43, who received nother round of chemotherapy Wednesday to treat the cancer, which has spread to her liver and bones since January.