When Legoland came to cancer boy Danish’s home

Muhammad Danish Maarif with the Star Wars Storm Troopers, Darth Vader  and  LEGO mascots who were present to meet him. ― Pictures by Legoland Malaysia Resort
Muhammad Danish Maarif with the Star Wars Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and LEGO mascots who were present to meet him. ― Pictures by Legoland Malaysia Resort

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 ― Diagnosed with terminal stage cancer, 11-year-old Muhammad Danish Maarif who lives in Selangor and loves Lego could not visit his dream toy park in Johor Baru.

With the cancer spread all over his body, doctors strongly advised against letting him travel.

But then several Malaysians heard about the pre-teen’s story and decided to make his wish come true: if Danish could not go to Legoland, then they would bring Legoland to his home.

Led by Wan Shahriza Wan Ab Rahman, the big-hearted Malaysians turned up in Danish’s home in Kuala Selangor earlier today with toys contributed by Legoland Malaysia Resort and others and proceeded to turn his room into a miniature Lego wonderland filled with popular Lego-styled life-sized figures of Darth Vader and the stormtroopers among others.

Danish, smiling, happy to receive LEGO toys and merchandises delivered to him.
Danish, smiling, happy to receive LEGO toys and merchandises delivered to him.

The smile gifted by the smooth-headed boy to his visitors touched their hearts.

“Despite not being able to bring Danish to Legoland Malaysia Resort, we hope we were able to bring Legoland Malaysia Resort to him. I am really thankful to the people involved in helping Danish and bringing this matter to the public,” Young Pil Kim, interim general manager at Legoland Malaysia Resort, said in a statement.

“We teamed up with Legoland and also LOM-LUG, the Lego user group in Malaysia to come to his house and throw him a Lego building party ― we build with him and share his imagination. Special thanks to the 501st Legion Malaysia Outpost too, they wanted to come in costume when they heard that Danish is a Star Wars fan” Dick Yoong, Lego Malaysia country manager, said.

Team Legoland said it was honored to have shared the day with Danish and his family and hoped to be able to host them in future at the full-sized Legoland Malaysia Resort if his condition improves.

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