Massachusetts Boy Edward Liu with Rare Inoperable Brain Tumor Uses Make-A-Wish to Help His Classmates
Boy Edward Liu has a rare brain tumor, but even with this condition, he still thinks of others' happiness more than his.
The 11-year-old boy from Dover, Massachusetts, used his Make-A-Wish for his school to get a high-tech, indoor play structure, as reported by USA Today.
He could have asked to meet his favorite celebrity or go on vacation, but he chose to share the joy with his schoolmates.
Boy with brain tumor uses his Make-A-Wish to get a play structure for his schoolhttps://t.co/HQyWeZk0Un— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 16, 2019
HIS OTHER WISH
Shortly after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, Edward made a poster in school that broke and warmed his family's heart at the same time.
"Each kid in his class was asked 'If you had one wish, what would you wish for?'" the boy's father, Xiang Liu, said. "Edward wrote, 'I wish my family would live forever,' and drew a picture of the four of us."
He added: "Edward was the sick one, but all he wanted was for us to not die. That's exactly the type of kid he is."
When Edward decided to get a play structure for his school as his wish, Liu and his wife, Jin Zhang, were not surprised.
At Edward's school, the Make-A-Wish Foundation installed a 15 x 8-foot geodome that comes with a virtual reality gaming system and is wheelchair-accessible. Students can relax in it as well as learn and do 3D art projects.
Liu said: "Edward is so happy with how it turned out. It was more than we could ever imagine."
SUCH A KIND BOY
Edward's illness makes it difficult for him to speak, so Liu explained his child's intentions on his behalf.
"Every since he was a little kid, he always wanted to be a big brother, even though he's the youngest in the family," Liu said. "He wanted to help other people."
Stories about children with severe illness are heartbreaking, but some offer inspiration to many people – like little Solomon Lutui.
For a moment, five-year-old Solomon looked like a child with no serious illness as he showed off his talent dancing to a Michael Jackson song.
A video on Facebook shows him doing the King of Pop's signature moves.
His mother, Leni Lutui, captioned the video: "Back by popular demand. Keep on pushing, dancing and never let this disease handicap your spirits baby. You would've never known how hard this last month has been with the hits he's been taking to his system, because he just keeps on coming back."