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(Baltimore Sun)   7-year old doesn't know he has brain cancer, thinks he's a superhero named The Dominator fighting an arch-enemy. Bonus: community embraces story, dress as superhero brethren to offer support   (baltimoresun.com ) divider line
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2009-10-07 12:22:10 PM  
It's all fun and games until he jumps off the 2nd level of the parking garage.
 
2009-10-07 12:24:05 PM  
OK, part of me thinks this is a touching, heart-rending story that inspires and moves me and makes me think that there is goodness in the world.

Another part of me thinks that this is all an unimaginably cruel trick to play on this kid.

I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?

I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.
 
2009-10-07 12:24:10 PM  
That does it. I'm wearing a cape to the oncologist's office today.
 
2009-10-07 12:25:44 PM  
Wow, very sad story, unfortunate that the tumor is getting worse :(

And WTF is with the comment in the article?
I wish the story could have mentioned how Dominic has met Christ, the most important part of the story. I am sure it wasnt the family that kept it out. Thanks.

Jesus is a superhero now?

/Prince of Bel-Air joke in 3..2..1..
 
2009-10-07 12:26:26 PM  
If the kid's already in Bel Air, how is he gonna get into that one little fight in Philadephia?
 
2009-10-07 12:27:31 PM  

Pocket Ninja: I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?


If he was told the truth ("Sorry honey, a tumor inside your head is getting bigger each day, we need to give you chemo so you don't die soon"), he might not be able to cope with it as easily. This way, he gets to pretend to be a superhero instead.
 
2009-10-07 12:27:35 PM  

Pocket Ninja: OK, part of me thinks this is a touching, heart-rending story that inspires and moves me and makes me think that there is goodness in the world.

Another part of me thinks that this is all an unimaginably cruel trick to play on this kid.

I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?

I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.


Me too. At some point (presumably, hopefully) his parents will have to tell him the truth, and then he's likely going to feel betrayed by them.
 
2009-10-07 12:29:47 PM  
Aghhh...a bullet to the heart...one of my many weaknesses...
 
2009-10-07 12:32:39 PM  
The article does state he was receiving chemo prior to the idea about the Dominator, so I wouldn't be surprised if they told him somewhat about the situation prior to the Dominator.
 
2009-10-07 12:33:13 PM  
Somebody should give him a rock, wrapped with the following note, in his Christmas stocking this year.

Dear "Dominator":

Guess what? You're not actually a superhero. You have cancer. And you probably will not live to see the Easter Bunny next year, who, by the way, is also fake.

That was really your mom that left you all that money for the teeth that fell out because of chemo, not the Tooth Fairy. No such thing as a Tooth Fairy, buddy.

Anyways, enjoy your "free" treatments. Your mom's going in hock for the money for them. She may even be performing sexual favors for the doctors. Who knows.

Love,

Santa Claus (who is actually Bob from over on Seventh Avenue. I crept in through an unlocked window and put this in your stocking. Santa isn't real either.)

P.S. Say "Hi" to Jesus for me. If you're able. Mwuhahaha.
 
2009-10-07 12:33:16 PM  

smooshie: This way, he gets to pretend to be a superhero instead.


And so if and when it comes to the point where treatment is no longer viable and his death is inevitable, what's the story then? He's failed and the villain won?
 
2009-10-07 12:33:22 PM  
With crime as a steady advancer,
The city cried out for an answer.
Their hero's arrival
Was short on survival.
His weakness turned out to be cancer.

/aisle seat, plz
 
2009-10-07 12:44:19 PM  

Pocket Ninja: And so if and when it comes to the point where treatment is no longer viable and his death is inevitable, what's the story then? He's failed and the villain won?


He's going to go to a new arena to continue his fight with the villain.
 
2009-10-07 12:54:32 PM  
KaponoFor3
Pocket Ninja: And so if and when it comes to the point where treatment is no longer viable and his death is inevitable, what's the story then? He's failed and the villain won?

He's going to go to a new arena to continue his fight with the villain.


*sniff*
 
2009-10-07 12:57:55 PM  

GooberMcFly: P.S. Say "Hi" to Jesus for me. If you're able. Mwuhahaha.



photos.imageevent.com
 
2009-10-07 01:00:20 PM  

MaxxLarge: With crime as a steady advancer,
The city cried out for an answer.
Their hero's arrival
Was short on survival.
His weakness turned out to be cancer.

/aisle seat, plz


Your sick.
This is you best one yet.
 
2009-10-07 01:02:23 PM  

KaponoFor3:
He's going to go to a new arena to continue his fight with the villain.


I like that.

And honestly, I'm pretty sure the kid realizes that he isn't really a super hero. He probably doesn't quite understand what's going on, but at this point I'm sure he has some sort of idea.

And for anyone that thinks the parents should have just out right told him he has cancer and not have come up with this story for him, what benefit would there be? The kid is dying. There is most likely nothing that can be done at this point, and he's too young to have to worry about all the things that adults have to deal with. I'm not saying it's stupid to tell him, just curious what the benefit would be.
 
2009-10-07 01:02:35 PM  

Pocket Ninja: smooshie: This way, he gets to pretend to be a superhero instead.

And so if and when it comes to the point where treatment is no longer viable and his death is inevitable, what's the story then? He's failed and the villain won?


What if the villain was really the good guy, and the hero was the evildoer? Hmm? HMMM?


farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2009-10-07 01:10:48 PM  

Gamer Grrrl: t some point (presumably, hopefully) his parents will have to tell him the truth,


From the article, that sounds like it is not going to happen. :-(
 
2009-10-07 01:38:35 PM  

Pocket Ninja: I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.


Same here, but as someone who is not the parent of a child dying of cancer, I'll withhold judgment.

/good luck, little guy.
 
2009-10-07 01:42:42 PM  

Gamer Grrrl: Pocket Ninja: OK, part of me thinks this is a touching, heart-rending story that inspires and moves me and makes me think that there is goodness in the world.

Another part of me thinks that this is all an unimaginably cruel trick to play on this kid.

I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?

I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.

Me too. At some point (presumably, hopefully) his parents will have to tell him the truth, and then he's likely going to feel betrayed by them.


No, actually, MOST kids don't freak out and have permanent mental scars from learning Santa wasn't real.
 
2009-10-07 01:45:51 PM  
Wow, kinda like Lars and the Real Doll only with a really sad ending.
 
2009-10-07 01:49:43 PM  

Relatively Obscure: Gamer Grrrl: Pocket Ninja: OK, part of me thinks this is a touching, heart-rending story that inspires and moves me and makes me think that there is goodness in the world.

Another part of me thinks that this is all an unimaginably cruel trick to play on this kid.

I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?

I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.

Me too. At some point (presumably, hopefully) his parents will have to tell him the truth, and then he's likely going to feel betrayed by them.

No, actually, MOST kids don't freak out and have permanent mental scars from learning Santa wasn't real.


NEWSFLASH: Santa Claus isn't the same as brain cancer.
 
2009-10-07 01:51:22 PM  
Reminds me of Life is Beautiful.

Hmph, sure is dusty in this office today.
 
2009-10-07 01:53:02 PM  
By the way, to everybody saying "well, he has to find out someday"...


"His eyes are not open, but he knows we are all there," said Monique Spagna. "He has been fighting for two years, and he is still fighting. He always told us to believe. We are still hoping there is one more treatment to try."


No, he'll never find out.

/goddamn dusty office
 
2009-10-07 01:57:19 PM  

impaler: It's all fun and games until he jumps off the 2nd level of the parking garage.


House is not amused.
 
2009-10-07 01:57:44 PM  

Gamer Grrrl: Relatively Obscure: Gamer Grrrl: Pocket Ninja: OK, part of me thinks this is a touching, heart-rending story that inspires and moves me and makes me think that there is goodness in the world.

Another part of me thinks that this is all an unimaginably cruel trick to play on this kid.

I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?

I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.

Me too. At some point (presumably, hopefully) his parents will have to tell him the truth, and then he's likely going to feel betrayed by them.

No, actually, MOST kids don't freak out and have permanent mental scars from learning Santa wasn't real.

NEWSFLASH: Santa Claus isn't the same as brain cancer.


Tell that to my Jewish mother.
 
2009-10-07 01:58:59 PM  

Pocket Ninja: OK, part of me thinks this is a touching, heart-rending story that inspires and moves me and makes me think that there is goodness in the world.

Another part of me thinks that this is all an unimaginably cruel trick to play on this kid.

I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?

I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.


this.... so much this
 
2009-10-07 01:59:24 PM  
DAMN YOU MEGAZOID!
 
2009-10-07 01:59:47 PM  

Relatively Obscure: Gamer Grrrl: Pocket Ninja: OK, part of me thinks this is a touching, heart-rending story that inspires and moves me and makes me think that there is goodness in the world.

Another part of me thinks that this is all an unimaginably cruel trick to play on this kid.

I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?

I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.

Me too. At some point (presumably, hopefully) his parents will have to tell him the truth, and then he's likely going to feel betrayed by them.

No, actually, MOST kids don't freak out and have permanent mental scars from learning Santa wasn't real.


Because learning Santa isn't real has the same exact impact that learning your body is turning against itself and is going to kill you. Thanks for clearing that up.
 
2009-10-07 02:00:03 PM  
fark every one that has a problem with this. The kid will most likely not survive. I'd make up anything to not have to tell my little one she's gonna die.
 
2009-10-07 02:01:03 PM  

Pocket Ninja: OK, part of me thinks this is a touching, heart-rending story that inspires and moves me and makes me think that there is goodness in the world.

Another part of me thinks that this is all an unimaginably cruel trick to play on this kid.

I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?

I feel pretty damn conflicted about this.


I agree. While I am certainly in no position to moralize on how a family helps a seven-year-old cope with a life-threatening illness, I think it might have been better to explain things to him and THEN invent a superhero alterego to get him through it.
 
2009-10-07 02:01:07 PM  
Eh, at least it's better than the usual fairy tales about heaven.
 
2009-10-07 02:01:44 PM  

Edsel: Reminds me of Life is Beautiful.

Hmph, sure is dusty in this office today.


also this

i649.photobucket.com
 
2009-10-07 02:02:06 PM  
When you're a 7 yo boy, you don't have to have brain cancer to think you're a superhero... (or at least wish it)
 
2009-10-07 02:02:44 PM  
Megazoids? Give me a break.

/My son is going to die...
//I know! I'll just lie the stupidest lie ever! Life is a fuxing fantasy!
 
Jha
2009-10-07 02:03:19 PM  
You know how I know you have brain cancer...?
 
2009-10-07 02:04:17 PM  
To those being an ass about this, I hope that you never have to watch your child go thru something like this.
 
2009-10-07 02:04:23 PM  
This is touching story and all, don't get me wrong...

But, doesn't this seem rather inefficient:

Anderson paid nearly $9,000 to design, create and copyright the Dominator and to publish 2,000 copies of the book. About 1,000 copies have been sold since the $5 book came out last month, with proceeds from sales benefiting children's cancer research.

So, this guys spent $9,000 to create 2,000 copies of a comic book that sells for $5, of which they have only sold 1,000, in order to donate the proceeds to cancer research.

So, he spent $9,000 to raise $5,000 for research, assuming 100% of all sale monies goes to the charity, which is not likely the case.

Why not just give $9,000 to charity?

Maybe I'm just reading it wrong or maybe these comic books are selling like hotcakes and they are really going to sell 100,000 copies at $5 and this is only the first 2,000. But still...
 
2009-10-07 02:04:35 PM  

MDGeist: fark every one that has a problem with this. The kid will most likely not survive. I'd make up anything to not have to tell my little one she's gonna die.


This.
 
2009-10-07 02:04:48 PM  
Life is Beautiful
 
2009-10-07 02:04:57 PM  
The Dominator?

It looks like he'd need help dominating a pencil sharpener.

cdn.dickblick.com

/jk
/Hero indeed.
 
2009-10-07 02:05:22 PM  

Edsel: By the way, to everybody saying "well, he has to find out someday"...


"His eyes are not open, but he knows we are all there," said Monique Spagna. "He has been fighting for two years, and he is still fighting. He always told us to believe. We are still hoping there is one more treatment to try."


No, he'll never find out.

/goddamn dusty office


Come on. The kid knows he's sick. And instead of his parents saying, "son, you have cancer but we're going to do everything we can to make it better" they're just letting the kid suffer without information. Is it cute that (they think) he thinks he's a superhero? Yes. But the kid knows that he's sick, and he has no idea what's going on because his parents won't tell him. He's had chemo, radiation therapy, and surgeries, and yet he has no idea why. As far as he knows, the treatments are what's making him sick.

It sucks the kid has cancer, and it's awesome they made a comic book with "him" as the main character. But if I were that kid, I'd want to know what was really going on.
 
2009-10-07 02:05:32 PM  

Pocket Ninja: smooshie: This way, he gets to pretend to be a superhero instead.

And so if and when it comes to the point where treatment is no longer viable and his death is inevitable, what's the story then? He's failed and the villain won?


You can't think about that. The moment NOW is all that matters to a 7 year old. He fights till the end.
 
2009-10-07 02:05:41 PM  
Bah!
Let the kid die thinking he's a farking superhero, FFS.
Why heap misery on a dying kid?
 
2009-10-07 02:06:05 PM  

Pocket Ninja: I mean, granted, you probably need to sugar coat things for a 7-year-old. But for nobody to have ever told him the truth about what's going on?


What good is knowing the truth in this case?
 
2009-10-07 02:06:30 PM  
My 7 yr would know I was full of shait if I told him he was some superhero so I doubt this kid really believes that, unless that cancer has really rotted his brain.

He's probably playing along to help is parents out because from some interviews I've seen with kids with chronic illnesses, the kids seem more mentally stronger then the parents about their conditions.
 
2009-10-07 02:06:31 PM  

Gamer Grrrl: NEWSFLASH: Santa Claus isn't the same as brain cancer.


Of course not. It's just the same tired argument. Kids don't generally feel ZOMG BETRAYED about shiat like this.

But, if we're lucky, he'll live long enough for you to prove me wrong and grow up a colossal cancer surviving emo douche.
 
2009-10-07 02:07:08 PM  
not amused

www.lazygeek.net
 
2009-10-07 02:07:10 PM  

Gamer Grrrl: Edsel: By the way, to everybody saying "well, he has to find out someday"...


"His eyes are not open, but he knows we are all there," said Monique Spagna. "He has been fighting for two years, and he is still fighting. He always told us to believe. We are still hoping there is one more treatment to try."


No, he'll never find out.

/goddamn dusty office

Come on. The kid knows he's sick. And instead of his parents saying, "son, you have cancer but we're going to do everything we can to make it better" they're just letting the kid suffer without information. Is it cute that (they think) he thinks he's a superhero? Yes. But the kid knows that he's sick, and he has no idea what's going on because his parents won't tell him. He's had chemo, radiation therapy, and surgeries, and yet he has no idea why. As far as he knows, the treatments are what's making him sick.

It sucks the kid has cancer, and it's awesome they made a comic book with "him" as the main character. But if I were that kid, I'd want to know what was really going on.


I'm going to repeat this slowly so you can understand it.

THE KID IS NOW UNCONSCIOUS AND ABOUT TO DIE.
 
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