Local scout organizes toy drive for young cancer patients 

BURR RIDGE, Ill. -- You could say Zachary Fortuna is a natural born leader.  He is going to be an 8th grader this year at Gower Middle School in Burr Ridge.

He is from Boy Scout Troop 56 and today, after months of planning and hard work, he did something amazing for kids fighting cancer.

In 1st grade, Zachary joined Cub Scouts  with a goal to become an Eagle Scout by 13, an accomplishment normally reached by boys much older than him.

And in order to become an Eagle Scout, first, you need a project.

“I thought of something that really meant something to me,” Zachary said.  “My cousin automatically came into my mind.”

Zachary's cousin Chris was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer two years ago and is still fighting for his life.

“We saw in there how down everyone got and how sad it was but when Chris would get a toy  it put a smile on his face,” Zachary said.   “And it in turn put a smile on everyone else's face and made it a lot easier.”

Two months ago, Zachary started a toy drive in his home town of Burr Ridge asking residents to donate at local police and fire departments.

The community jumped on board and donated 2,000 toys for children battling cancer at Comer Children's Hospital.

And today, Zachary's troop made the special delivery.

The boys got to work, unloading all the boxes that filled a 12 foot moving truck to the brim.

The hospital says it is one of the largest toy donations they've ever received and a priceless gift for the tiny patients here.