13-year-old Trenton Dyck was diagnosed last year with stage four alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS), a form of cancer that develops in the muscles of the arms, legs, chest and abdomen. In a crushing revelation, he was told he had only a couple weeks to live earlier this month.
When the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada offered Dyck the chance to fulfill a wish, he decided that he wanted to use his wish to help others by donating it to help people living in extreme poverty in Haiti.
Dyck's wish will ultimately donate $6,000 to help provide clean water to children.
"There's so many people who don't have any clean water, and the water they do have makes them sick," Dyck said. "We take that for granted a lot because we just get it straight from our taps. Something like this would help hundreds and hundreds of people."
For a little boy to use what may be his final few weeks to help others is both touching and truly inspiring.
Dyck hopes that others will be moved to help his wish and will donate to his cause.
"That was his choice, instead of having something that would just strictly benefit basically him and his class," his father, John Dyck, explained. "A few days of life here, he wanted something that would keep on going and be helpful to kids that are living in poverty."
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