A small community in Utah has come together to do something quite beautiful for a terminally sick child that should be an inspiration for us all.
The parents of a brave little four-year-old boy, who was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was nearly two-years-old, were recently informed by doctors that - tragically - his illness was no longer treatable.
Ethan Van Leuven's parents were met with the heartbreaking news that their son could have just a few days or weeks to live. So, what did they do? They decided to make their little boy's last days as happy as possible...
An entire community comes together
Enlisting the help of friends, family, and their Utah community, the Van Leuvens celebrated Halloween ten days early for little Ethan. He was able to put on a Superman costume and experience the sheer bliss of going trick-or-treating for one last memorable time.
The town also celebrated Christmas Eve and Christmas Day early so that Ethan's family could spend some of their son's last remaining moments forming joyous memories that will live on, even when Ethan is gone. Neighbors decorated their homes with Christmas lights and wreaths in preparation, and a local radio station, FM 100.3, played Christmas music during a three-hour block just for Ethan.
The generosity of strangers
But the generosity and love didn't end there. A 13-year-old boy called Diego Torres heard about Ethan's plight and sent him 100 stuffed toys he'd been collecting over the years, along with the tender message:
Live life to the fullest today, because you never know when it’s going to be over
Now that is truly an amazing town - real heroes for Ethan and his family. Although Ethan's case is desperately sad, it makes me realize that there still are sincere, caring people in this world, and it truly is beautiful.
You can check out the news report about Ethan's story below:
Ethan is by far the best Superman I have seen, and the toughest by far.