Difference Maker: 8-year-old cancer survivor launches nonprofit to help kids with lifelong diseases

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Eight-year-old King Singh has been through hell and back.

At the age of 2, his family discovered he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, along with a rare blood disease.

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He underwent three years of daily chemotherapy through a port in his chest and needed to take 70 pills a month.

“It’s really tough," the Queens boy said. "I wasn’t able to walk or talk. I got brain damage.”

Despite the unspeakable challenges, it couldn’t affect his spirit.

One day, after getting a reward for being so brave during a treatment he found a way to feel better.

“I saw girl in the hallway, crying, and and I got a prize, and I gave my bubbles to her," he said.

That was the moment that started the King Fights Cancer Foundation.

King's father, Michael, mom, Shameeza, and siblings, are all part of the year round toy drives that have helped more than 250 families in and around their Queens Village home and beyond.

“Over 1,500 toys have been delivered either to a family or a hospital," his father said.

Singh said it brings him joy to see other children smile.

He’s been cancer-free for two years now and has been an inspiration to many, including his parents.

“To see all he’s been through, I know I wouldn’t make it one minute in his shoes,” his mom said.

“If an 8-year-old child can be so generous and giving, and make such an impact in this world, then I’m sorry, but none of us have an excuse," his father said.

Singh is helping to multiply the good and make a difference in his community, and that's why he is the latest recipient of the Jefferson Award from Multiplying Good.

“I feel really special and honored," Singh said.