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Noblesville family of 4-year-old saved by liver transplant honors donor with toy drive

Beckett Culp and his classmates collected more than 2,500 Hot Wheels to donate to the children's hospitals where he received treatment.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Beckett Culp is just four years old with a motor that won't stop. That wasn't the case his last visit to Riley Hospital, when he needed a new liver.

"He was put on the transplant list in April," said Beckett's mom, Lauren. "I believe he was on the transplant list 52 days before we got the call."

That call came from the hospital, about a donor named Hunter.

"Once we got to the point where I couldn't help him, I knew he would want to help whoever he could," said Hunter's mom, Nakita Tuzinski.

Her 7-year-old son passed away in June. His organs helped save three lives, including Beckett's.

"I felt like I would never have the right words to say to them," said Culp. "How can you thank somebody for such an amazing gift?"

In this case, not with words, but a truckload of Hunter's favorite things.

"We learned that he loved Hot Wheels just like Beckett and so we were like, 'Let's make it a Hot Wheels-specific toy drive," said Culp.

Credit: Nakita Tuzinski
Hunter Tuzinski

The toys would be given to patients at Riley Hospital for Children and Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, where Hunter was treated.

The monthlong toy drive even caught the attention of Mattel, who makes Hot Wheels.

"We were absolutely blown away by that," said Culp. "Instant tears."

With over 2,500 donations and counting.

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"Really the lining we needed, my family needed, in this dark time," said Tuzinski.

All in Hunter's memory.

"She wants to show that he is a superhero, and he is," said Tuzinski. "He saved these lives and I'm honored to be his mom."

She suspects her son didn't miss a thing.

"He would just be amazed," said Tuzkinski. "He'd be amazed and I'm sure he's seeing it."

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