In many ways, David Castle is a typical 8-year-old boy.
He loves superheroes, WWE, Fortnight, motorcycles, fast cars and fishing.
But, unlike most boys his age, he’s been undergoing cancer treatments for the better part of a year.
Last October, he was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Wilms tumor in his right kidney.
After 46 weeks of aggressive treatment — including the removal of his right kidney, he recently was diagnosed with two new cancerous tumors in his right lung.
A ministry outreach group called Bringing the SON Light, organized a massive Halloween parade — including 250 to 350 vehicles. The ministry, based in Spring Hill, also organized a barbecue fundraiser to benefit David and his family.
Las Insportables Tampa Bay, Crystal Harley-Davidson, KW Morrow Electric Inc., were other sponsors, too.
Vehicles taking part in the parade included exotic sports cars, motorcycles, 4-by-4s and emergency vehicles from Pasco Fire Rescue, Lealman and Tarpon Springs.
They rolled by and packed David’s street, in the Ashley Lakes subdivision, in Odessa.
Many of those taking part dressed up as David’s favorite superheroes, and gave the 8-year-old gifts and cards.
Parade participants performed, too, burning their rubber tires on the asphalt to provide a smoke show for David.
The boy was obviously delighted.
After the parade, there was a big barbecue fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting David’s family.
David’s mother, Tammy Miller, was thrilled by the outpouring of generosity for her son and her family.
It has been a challenging year, and more challenges lie ahead.
But, on Halloween, David was one happy boy — surrounded by his favorite things, in a community that clearly cares.
If you would like to help, a GoFundMe account has been set up for David and his family. Visit Go Fund Me online and search for “Help Fight the Fight for David.”
Published November 04, 2020
Valerie Miller says
Thank you for the wonderful article. My name is Valerie Miller and I was a banker in Land O Lakes for 17 years. I was a past President of the Land O Lakes Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Flap Jack Festival, and Jelly bean jamboree. David Castle is my Grandson and lives with me with his Mom and three brothers and one sister. We are so blessed by all the love and support the community has given us. Our journey is far from over but we will never give up on our Angel.
God bless you and heal you. Praying for David and your family . ? ? ?
Robin Nigro says
Hello my name is Robin I live in St Petersburg Florida I am a critical care registered nurse disabled regarding an accident this story struck my heart and I would love to meet David and speak to him I have a letter here ready to send I would love to speak with him on the phone if I could I do not have any children of my own but have a lot of love to give and also for you his mother if she would need to speak to anyone just to vent. Please call me at 727 565 6107. I promise you I am not a weirdo or a freak I am just a person who cares I am a very genuine sharing caring registered nurse in St Petersburg Florida.
With lots of wings of Hope Robin Nigro, CCRN
727 565 6107 please call me thank you
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