Mother continues late son’s mission of giving back with Kingsbridge toy drive

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The family of a Bronx man who started a non-profit to give back to families is continuing his mission this holiday season.

The family of Tristan Dillon, who was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in May 2015, created the charity “No Battle Should be Fought Alone.”

The family gathered for a holiday toy drive Wednesday, where Dawnette Westcarr-Dillon knew her son was there in spirit.

"He was sent, he was sent into this world for a time and a purpose and he really made an impact," says Dawnette Westcarr-Dillon, acting president of No Battle Should be Fought Alone.

No Battle Should be Fought Alone was started to help families in need.

"It started with cancer, but then he said, no it's any battle that anybody's facing," says Westcarr-Dillon.

Tristan passed away in February, but his family is pushing forward with his mission.

For the second year in a row, No Battle Should be Fought Alone was at the Praxis Broadway Family Center in Kingsbridge giving away toys, clothing and food to the families who live in the area.

Bri Predesca brought her two children down to the event, enjoying the quality time with her family and feeling grateful.

"We have a community that's reaching out showing their support with the donations it's been really great," says Presesca.

Westcarr-Dillon says that's exactly why her son started the organization.

"Just to see the appreciation when you can change someone’s life," says Westcarr-Dillon. “That was his thing. He would always say ‘if I could just make a difference in one person’s life I would’ve done well.’”

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