How a Bunch of Pro Wrestlers Made a Little Boy's Last Days Worthwhile

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Even if you don’t like professional wrestling, you’re going to be a fan of Connor “Stone Crusher” Michalek.

Eight-year-old Connor passed away on April 25, 2014 from pediatric brain cancer. He was a WWE superfan and especially loved wrestler Daniel Bryan. Before he died, Connor got to meet his hero — he even watched from ringside as Bryan became the world heavyweight champion at Wrestlemania XXX on April 6.

To honor its biggest fan, the WWE released a tribute video to Michalek (below). It shows a little boy full of spirit, smiles — and a whole lotta punch.

“[Wrestlemania] was the first time in I’d say four years where I actually forgot that Connor was sick,” his dad says in the clip. “I truly believe that the whole experience extended Connor’s time with me. There’s no greater gift I could get.”


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Simple Gesture Shows Man Battling Leukemia Just How Much His Neighbors Care

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Charlie George walks his dogs (and cat) every morning and evening.

“And then sometimes in between if it’s not too hot,” he told KTRK. But recently, his fight with leukemia has made it difficult for him to walk around his Garden Oaks neighborhood in Houston, Tex. The community took notice. What began as one neighbor setting a chair out for George to rest on turned into a movement known as “Chairs for Charlie.” Now, along his walking route, neighbors have set out chairs on their front lawns for him or anyone who needs to rest.

When I saw that, you know, it makes you want to cry,” George told CBS News in the video below. “That made it real for me, that people really care about me.”

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A Stranger From the 'North Pole' Is Helping This Girl Fight Cancer

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Comedian Derrick Tennant was standing in an airport in Atlanta, Ga., doing a magic show for a group of children with life-threatening illnesses, when he first saw Dahlia. The 4-year-old walked up next to him, amidst an airport redesigned to look like the North Pole. She sat down and never left his side — while other kids came and went, stopped to see a trick and moved on to get a Christmas cookie or sit on Santa’s lap, Dahlia stayed, staring at Tennant.

“She had such a joy about her,” Tennant, 44, recalls to The Mighty. “She instantly stole my heart.”

Tennant walked over to Dahlia’s father, Jeff Minton. “I want to be in your little girl’s life,” he said, “in any way I can.”

Minton told the comic he was more than welcome to come to Dahlia’s birthday party and perform. “How much will you charge me?” he asked.

“One of Dahlia’s smiles,” Tennant replied. It was his turn to stay by Dahlia’s side.

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Dahlia, who Tennant calls “little d,” has an incurable cancer that has just returned for a third time. Since December, Tennant’s become a large component to helping her family find money to cover medical expenses. He’s organized fundraising events and an online campaign, “Smile With Dahlia.” To get her story out and raise cancer awareness, he found student Steve McCord to direct a short video (below) called, “Dahlia’s Story.”

“I’ve worked with kids with cancer before,” Tennant tells The Mighty. “I can’t explain to you exactly what’s drawn me to Dahlia. If you saw her smile, you’d understand.”

Tennant knows what it means to face a challenge — he’s made a name for himself from his own disability. When he was 14 years old, an injury left him in a coma. Doctors performed an emergency brain surgery, and when he woke up, he couldn’t walk, talk or eat. Today, after years of rehab, he’s gained back most of his facilities but has limited use of his left side. So, he started “Left Arm Comedy.”

“I look at the right side of things,” he says now.

For him, Dahlia has reinforced the notion of finding positivity in difficult things, of looking at the world in a new way. Tennant refers to a picture of the two of them while describing this — one where Dahlia has her eyes shut and is hugging him.

“My mom pointed this out to me, but if you look at how our heads touch, the scar from her surgery lines up with the scar from mine,” Tennant tells The Mighty. “It forms a heart.”

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“[Dahlia] doesn’t realize it, but she knows how to love like an adult,” Tennant tells The Mighty. “These kids, the ones who go through tragedy, they have a maturity to them. You’re inclined to be sad about the lost innocence, but they develop a sense of love that’s just so sincere.”

As Dahlia continues to fight cancer, Tennant continues to support her. If she only lives a short life, he intends to make sure she’s smiling through it. He doesn’t view this as charity. He views it as repaying the favor.

“She brings so much joy to everyone around her,” Tennant says. “This is the least I could do.”

You can follow Dahlia’s journey on Facebook. If you’d like to make a donation to her medical expenses, head here.

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This Is How a ‘Breast Cancer Badass’ Deals With a Double Mastectomy

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Patsy MacDonald never wants to be thought of as a breast cancer survivor. Why? Because she’s a breast cancer badass.

In June 2011, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, after a double mastectomy and reconstruction, MacDonald is in remission and on a quest to raise $100,000 for the IWK Health Centre and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in less than 60 days. To get the word out, she’s sharing a video (below) of how she responded to her surgery — by getting two beautiful tattoos over the scars on her chest and posing topless for the camera.

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to cover up the scars,” MacDonald says in the video. “I just thought, I want to make them pretty, make this more me.”

Sounds pretty badass to us.



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8-Year-Old Who Lost Both Her Legs to Cancer Completes Impressive Feat

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Kayla Wiggins is just 8 years old, but she’s already beaten bone cancer two times. Despite losing both of her legs to the disease, Kayla participated in the 2014 Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Wash., on Sunday, May 4.

“She inspires me to overcome things that I think are difficult,” Philippa Mayall, Kayla’s aunt, says in the KREM.com video below. “But they’re not. When you watch Kayla none of it’s hard.”

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Teen’s Instagram Paints Poignant, Honest Picture of a Year With Cancer

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In May 2013, when Michael Tatalovich, a senior from Henderson, Nev., found out he had a Stage 1 Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor, he decided he was going to share his battle with the disease on Instagram.

“I don’t believe the ugly or shocking sides of my condition should be hidden,” he wrote on the picture-sharing site. “It’s part of the journey and wholly illustrating my experience is something I would like to accomplish.”

A year later, Tatalovich is in recovery with no sign of the disease, according to his most recent Instagram post.

“In the past 365 days, I’ve learned more about myself and the process of life than many will learn in years,” he wrote. “This is not the end to my story though, just the marker of a difficult chapter ending.”

Below are a few pictures from Tatalovich’s journey. You can follow him on Instagram here.

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