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"DYLAN SUPER STRONG"
Imagine being in 7th grade and
having to fight cancer and a gang of bullies,
all at the same time! :(
Thirteen-year-old Dylan has been battling cancer since he was 9 years old. He was diagnosed in 2012 with Stage 4 Ewings Sarcoma, or bone cancer, and is right now undergoing yet another round of chemo treatment which will continue indefinitely and makes him feel even sicker. This courageous boy who likes to rap has tagged himself on social media as #DylanSuperStrong and we concur!!!
Every day, Dylan fights pain and loneliness. He walks with a severe limp because a large tumor destroyed his pelvic bone and he has "horrible" nerve pain in his feet. Just last summer, part of his right lung was removed after doctors discovered a nodule. Because of his illness, Dylan has not been able to attend school for 4 years and is homeschooled. Chemo and radiation treatments have lowered his immune system and made his bones brittle.
Dylan and his family moved to a new neighborhood in New Jersey last year where the family unfortunately became the target of gang violence after the parents' refusal to allow drugs and criminal activities near their yard and around their 5 children. Attempts to manage this through responsible reporting to authorities and discussions with other parents has not stopped the bullies from reaching Dylan when they get the chance.
The boys and girls that are bullying Dylan are 15 and 16 years old and sometimes hide their identities by covering their faces with scarves. They have shown up at his home to call him out to fight, saying,"Hit him, hit him! Knock him on his hip where the tumor is so he can't get back up" and taunting him with ugly words like "You don't have cancer, you're just fat."
The family has installed cameras on their property and padlocked their fence gate. Dylan does not leave the yard except to be driven to the hospital for treatments or when family takes him somewhere special like to go fishing or help dad work an odd job. The parents can not afford to move away from this situation. Sometimes, they need help just to buy food for their family. With so much isolation between the cancer and bullies, Dylan does not have even one friend to share laughs or play with. He used to love to run and play outdoors, ride his bike and quads.
Dylan recently told his mom, "What is the sense of fighting (the cancer), Mom, no one besides you guys want me here... what kind of life is that?"
Dylan is at risk for giving up his fight, his will, to live. TIME IS URGENT! REACH OUT AND BE-A-FRIEND TO DYLAN!
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE in Dylan's life by sending a letter or a drawing to let him know he is not alone. LET'S MAKE THIS THE BIGGEST DELIVERY OF "FRIEND MAIL" YET and show him that he has the support and encouragement of his peers and that you are in his corner. Maybe you can relate to his story in some way or go ahead and try to make him laugh or just tell him how amazing he is and that you wish him well. A few minutes of your time will make a lifetime of a difference to this friend!
YAY! UPDATE on "DYLAN SUPER STRONG"... WE'VE DELIVERED! :)
Dylan's "Friend Mail" was the largest delivery yet for the Be-A-Friend Project at 325 letters from kids in Kindergarten through High School Seniors from across the country, CT to CA! We graduated from a tote to a big box for the delivery which took place on June 1st!! We are so proud of our friends and so proud of Dylan for inspiring all the support! He will stay in our hearts and thoughts along with all our "Project Kids" and we hope we're lucky to keep him involved as an Ambassador writing letters to future youths while he continues to heal from bullying and cancer.
Be-A-Friend to Dylan!
We allocate 100% of the profits from our store to help us fund the Be-A-Friend Project and our upcoming production of the Anti-Bullying Musical, "It's Easy!"
Check out our Dramaterials grade school plays & musicals that teach curriculum and character, and Mom's Choice Award-winning books like "The Wishful Penny" that "imaginatively treats the important childhood lesson that everyone is special and valuable in some way!"
Thank you to our friends at Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc. for connecting us with Dylan and all the great work they do to help young victims of bullying and raise awareness!
Get the BE-A-FRIEND LETTER-WRITING GUIDELINES and SAMPLES here!
The Be-A-Friend Project does not give advice, therapy or intervention.
Our one purpose is to send letters and cards of encouragement and caring from kids to kids.
Tell us about a youth
who has been the victim of bullying and would benefit from a"friend mail" package
Nominate an elementary or middle school "UPSTANDER" for a hero's package of
"thank you" letters