Pulling the extra mile for one Tri-State girl

Dean Buss, Dalayna Lung, and mother Kristi Lung.

Dean Buss has been tractor pulling since he was six years old.

Now he's decided he wanted his hobby to have a stronger meaning.

"It's bigger than I ever thought it would be. I mean, it spread like fire," Buss said.

He's referring to "Dalayna's Birthday Blessings".

A little girl with cerebral palsy decided to give up receiving toys on her birthday and instead donates them to patients at St. Louis Children's Hospital for Christmas.

"I was shocked that someone wanted to do something so great for us but we were very honored about it and grateful," said Dalayna's mom, Kristi Lung referring to Buss.
"We went to 24 tractor pulls this summer and all of the winnings went towards this cause," Buss said.

Over $3,000 worth to be exact.

"And now gifts are still coming in," Buss said.

Buss even had his tractor repainted to raise awareness to Dalayna's cause.

"We let Dalayna pick the colors out and we did the whole nine yards," Buss said.

Lung said the donated gifts allow parents with children in the hospital to be stress-free for the holidays.

"They set up a shop for the kids' parents who will be in the hospital over Christmas and it's almost like they're shopping for free," Lung said.

It's a wish from a little girl who spent part of her life in that exact hospital.

"You've got to be there to see it and see the miracles that walk out of there everyday and the miracles that are there everyday," Dean said.

And a cause that is bringing smiles as big as her own.

Dean, Dalayna and her mom will be going to the St. Louis Children's Hospital on the 16th of December to deliver all of the toys.

If you wish to donate to help with "Dalayna's Birthday Blessings" cause, click here.

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