Little Man and the Pursuit of Happiness Coverage now on NaplesNews.com/EthansJourney

Ethan Arbelo of Lehigh Acres, Florida, was 10 years old when he was diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer. The doctors gave him months to live.

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"There are happy moments (where) you, and even your child, get to forget that this monster is inside of him, and so it's joyous but it's also bittersweet," said Ethan's mother Maria Maldonado.

Naples, FL (PRWEB) August 04, 2014

For the past two years, Naples Daily News photojournalist Dania Maxwell and reporter Jessica Lipscomb have been documenting the family as Ethan reached milestone after milestone. Their story, to be published as a three part series in the Naples Daily News on Aug. 3-5 and available on NaplesNews.com beginning Aug. 3, is an intimate window into the difficulties of a life on deadline.

Ethan Arbelo of Lehigh Acres, Florida, was 10 years old when he was diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer. The doctors gave him months to live.

Between the chemotherapy and radiations sessions, Ethan and his mother, Maria Maldonado, set about helping him complete as many items from his bucket list as possible. He took a cross-country road trip to California and back, got his first kiss and became an Honorary Marine.

For the past two years, Naples Daily News photojournalist Dania Maxwell and reporter Jessica Lipscomb have been documenting the family as Ethan reached milestone after milestone. Their story, to be published as a three part series in the Naples Daily News on Aug. 3-5 and available on NaplesNews.com beginning Aug. 3, is an intimate window into the difficulties of a life on deadline.

Maldonado said she trusted the Daily News to tell her story because she wanted to expose the truth about what families like hers experience. “I’ve seen a lot of cancer movies and stories and they paint it as this beautiful picture and they only touch on a small portion of the pain and the torment that goes on,” she said. “And, you know, they focus a lot too on the sadness of it all. But it is not all sad. There are happy moments (where) you, and even your child, get to forget that this monster is inside of him, and so it’s joyous but it’s also bittersweet.”


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