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UPDATE: Las Vegas children receiving books in memory of Wesley

Posted at 8:49 AM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 14:12:31-05

UPDATE NOV. 15: Wesley was 6 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. The disease took his life and now his mother is doing something to keep his memory alive.

"It's uplifting and it gives me hope and it makes me feel like she's not too sick to be happy," said Briana Miskey, the mother of 11-month-old Naomi. Naomi just had her first chemotherapy treatment. She can barely lift her head up. Yet her parents made it a priority to come to the cow-shaped book cart at Summerlin Hospital.


Even older kids brought in their medical machinery and picked out a book Wednesday.

Wesley's mom Rebecca Payton started collecting donated books months ago. She dreamed of one day giving them to kids who are fighting for their lives. During his short time on earth, reading was her son's one escape.

"I couldn't give my son a lot of things, but I could give him adventure every single day," said Payton.

The books Payton is giving out are all brand new that the kids get to keep forever. On the back of them you'll see this: "Love Wesley."

"Wesley would just be smiling down right now. He absolutely would be smiling down. He would be so happy," said Payton.

With each glossy new adventure and mystery novel, Wesley's name and spirit reaches one more person.



A mother is keeping her son's memory alive after a devastating battle with cancer.

Wesley was six years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent most of his last year in hospitals. Despite all the painful treatments, he always loved to read.

Wesley passed away less than a year ago. Now his mom, Rebecca Payton, is collecting books to bring to sick children in the hospital.

"His joy in life was seeing the joy in his brothers or his parents so it just seems fitting that I take something that he loves so much and try to spread love and happiness," said Payton.

The family is collecting books at their house. They haven't set a drop off date yet.

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