Shawny Smith, who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, visited the Youtube Space in New York City and received a welcome video from his preferred YouTube channel.
The 10-year-old boy from Tiverton, Rhode Island, recently started a YouTube channel of his own to help document his adventure.
Alongside his family and friends, Shawny crossed off an extraordinary bucket list item with a behind-the-scenes tour of YouTube Spaces in New York City, as shown in the video he shared.
Shawny Smith at the YouTube Space in New York City in February 2020. | Photo: YouTube/Super Shawny
Talking about his visit, Shawny told PEOPLE that it was the best and that it was terrific. That wasn't all. He additionally got a welcome video made only for him from one of his favorite YouTubers, SloGoMan.
The head creator of YouTube and consumer communications, Lauren Verrusio, said of SloGoMan's message:
"We thought it'd be really spectacular to have his favorite YouTube creator officially welcome him to the family."
Shawny's mother, Monica Velozo, was also thrilled, saying that it was ideal for them since they all enjoy YouTube, adding that it was a cool thing for them to have the option to do together.
Shawny's Bucket List was created on GoFundMe, and with the help of the for-profit crowdfunding platform, their visit to YouTube Spaces in New York City was made possible.
He couldn't even be considered a candidate for surgery because the tumor was too large for him.
On December 28, Shawny was taken to the hospital, and on January 8, he was diagnosed with Gliomatosis Cerebri, a form of brain cancer, as reported by PEOPLE.
According to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the survival rate of Gliomatosis Cerebri is only about five percent. Shawny will soon begin radiation treatment, but the disease is usually resistant to treatment.
He couldn't even be considered a candidate for surgery because the tumor was too large for him. In spite of his diagnosis, Shawny discovered motivation in a great YouTube video called "Tour the States."
The video highlights an artist drawing a map of the nation to go with a song that suggests extraordinary activities in each state.
According to Shawny's mother, Velozo, the song has consistently put his child in that way, and he kept saying how great it would be to really do those things in his own way.
A great part of the organizing has been left to the youth football coach of Shawny, Josh Barbosa. The coach said that he decided to step in to take the reins as soon as Shawny told Velozo that he wanted her to be simply a mother.