Update: Brittany Maynard ended her life on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Three weeks ago, a 29-year-old woman named Brittany Maynard declared in an emotional video that she would end her own life on Saturday, Nov. 1. Faced with a terminal brain cancer diagnosis and six months to live, Maynard chose to move from San Francisco to Oregon, where the Death with Dignity Act gives her the right to “voluntarily request and receive a prescription medication to hasten [her] death.

“I don’t want to die. But I am dying. Death with dignity is the phrase I’m comfortable using,”Maynard told NBC News. I am choosing to go in a way that is with less suffering and less pain.”

On Wednesday, Maynard released the video below stating that she would not be ending her life this Saturday.

“I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy, and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” she says in the clip below.

Hear her whole message:

h/t Mashable


Liang Yaoyi was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 9 years old. Two years later, the young man from Shenzhen, China, passed away — but not before telling his mother, Li Qun, something important.

There are many people doing great things in the world,” he said, according to China Daily. “They are great, and I want to be a great kid too.”

He went on to say that he’d like to be an organ donor — to help others and to be “alive in another way,” CCTV News reported. With his family’s permission, doctors at Zhongshan Hospital fulfilled the 11-year-old’s wish after his death on June 6. A powerful photograph of the doctors bowing to Liang then hit the Internet.

Liang’s kidney and liver were transplanted to new patients shortly after, according to China Daily.

If you’re interested in becoming an organ donor in the U.S., head here.

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546398_3523941333819_1478679072_n Some 5-year-olds wish for new toys for their birthdays. Others wish to meet (or become) a superhero. Some want a puppy for their big day or video games or a trip to a rodeo. But 5-year-old Danny Nickerson would be ecstatic about a simpler gift: a birthday card.

Danny, from Foxboro, Mass., will turn 6 on July 25. But being 5 hasn’t been so easy for him — since October, he’s been living with an inoperable brain tumor, ABC News reported. The rare, chemotherapy-resistant cancer means Danny could have less than 18 months to live.

“I don’t really believe in that. He is doing great,” his mom, Carley, told the news outlet. “Every day is a blessing for us.”

For now, she’s working to make sure her son has the best birthday ever. That means cramping in as much love as possible into his big day. So, through the Facebook page “Danny’s Warriors,” his family requested people send birthday cards to the soon-to-be 6-year-old.

Then, this happened:




According to Facebook, more than 1,000 letters have arrived at Danny’s house in less than a month. People from all over the world (and Internet) — most of them complete strangers — have jumped in on the birthday celebrations.

“It takes $0.50 and 10 minutes,” one Redditor said, urging users to participate. “and I bet it would mean the world to this kid.”

We think so, too. Happy birthday, Danny!

If you’d like to mail Danny a card, send it to: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035.

If you’d like to make a donation to Danny’s family, head here.

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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.”

h/t Uproxx.com

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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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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.


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.”


“[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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