"If you lose, it doesn’t matter because you still tried."
August 7, 2014 7:49 AM Subscribe
"There's something different about being told you’re dying when you’re 10 years old: You’re not a grown-up, but you’ve thought about what you’ll be like when you’re 30, when you’re old. You’re not a baby anymore — you know what cancer is. People start feeding you pills and poking you with needles. You make a bucket list your mother worries she won’t be able to help you complete. You want to get your ear pierced, but you can’t risk the infection. You know what sex is, but you’re told you’re not ready. You want to try new things, but you need permission first. You never lose hope for a miracle, because you’re still a kid, and kids aren’t supposed to die." Ethan Alexander Arbelo-Maldonado: Little Man and the Pursuit of Happiness
This is a 'special report' from The Naples Daily News (in Florida) profiling Ethan Arbelo, who was diagnosed at age 10 (in March, 2012) with inoperable, terminal Anaplastic Astrocytoma Grade III cancer. He died on July 3, 2014
Before he passed, his mother helped him complete a bucket list. Ethan was also given a camera
to document his own life shortly after he was diagnosed.
* Part 1 - Life with Little Man: Diagnosis that led to a prayer, a list and a moonlit kiss for Ethan
* Part 2 - Life with Little Man: As they said he was dying, Ethan Arbelo wasn't done living
* Part 3 - Life with Little Man: Accepting his 'order,' a Marine returns home
* Life with Little Man: Cancer charities and groups
(A list of cancer charities and groups that helped Maria Maldonado and her son, Ethan Arbelo.)