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(Daily Mail)   11-year-old boy decides he's tired of fighting terminal cancer and gives his mom his bucket list. Item 1: Release dust storm   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 84
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2014-02-19 01:29:54 AM  
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2014-02-19 01:45:46 AM  
From the Daily Fail's headline: "bucket-list boy".  Bucket-list boy!  I'm hoping this is the name of the highly anticipated sequel to the 2001 comedy smash Bubble Boy starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
 
2014-02-19 01:50:07 AM  
I hope learning the difference between "lose" and "loose" is on that bucket list.
 
2014-02-19 02:18:30 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I hope learning the difference between "lose" and "loose" is on that bucket list.


Not much point now,  is there?
 
2014-02-19 02:46:36 AM  
Yeah, watch him recover completely and go on to live a perfectly boring life.
 
2014-02-19 02:47:04 AM  
And he can't even legally get a hooker.
 
2014-02-19 02:47:18 AM  
Fark cancer

/and a request to the moderators. Allow us to say F*CK CANCER without censorship.
 
2014-02-19 02:48:08 AM  
I'd cash it in too, if I was faced with having to live with a name like that.
 
2014-02-19 02:48:37 AM  
Kid's 11 and has a facebook page? Alert the TOS mods!!
 
2014-02-19 02:49:53 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I hope learning the difference between "lose" and "loose" is on that bucket list.


The fact that he employed the term 'would have' instead of saying 'would of' already puts him ahead of a good portion of university graduates.
 
2014-02-19 02:52:25 AM  
I have to say the saddest part of this story, was the picture of his parents making him eat British food. As if having cancer wasn't bad enough.
 
2014-02-19 02:55:11 AM  
Thank you for investing 11 years of medical resources into your defective son. Signed, taxpayers
 
2014-02-19 02:58:04 AM  

Rozotorical: I have to say the saddest part of this story, was the picture of his parents making him eat British food. As if having cancer wasn't bad enough.


I LOL'd.  Aisle seat please.
 
2014-02-19 02:58:38 AM  

Yogimus: Thank you for investing 11 years of medical resources into your defective son. Signed, taxpayers


Okay I'll be ready to go to hell next week for laughing at that
 
2014-02-19 02:58:52 AM  
Woah...

That little dude has more guts than 99.99% of the population of the earth..including me.

Rock on little guy..my donation is on the way.

Guess he is proof that you can live 90+ years and it mean nothing...or just 12 and have it change the lives of a LOT of people who will remember this kid long after he is unfortunately gone.

Goddam...i hope i can go out with HALF this kid's class..
 
2014-02-19 03:10:33 AM  
This cancer thing is just entirely unreasonable.
We need to fix this.
It just isn't tolerable.
 
2014-02-19 03:14:37 AM  
Fortunately, my protective goggles never allowed his dust storm to invade my eyes.
 
2014-02-19 03:15:54 AM  
AND the dust storm has drained my tear ducts....

My son is 10...damn.
 
2014-02-19 03:20:05 AM  

jso2897: This cancer thing is just entirely unreasonable.
We need to fix this.
It just isn't tolerable.


Step 1: Universal Health Care

Step 2: Abolish private health insurance

Step 3: Regulate pharmaceutical companies to force them to stop withholding and overcharging for life-saving medications in the name of increasing profit margins.

Step 4: Slash military budget by 15% and use that money for cancer research.

Step 5: Free college for those who maintain decent grades and pay taxes, in hopes that more smart people decide to pursue careers in science and medicine.

Step 6: Wait a generation or two for people to get degrees, start careers in science in medicine, and make advancements in cancer research and eventually find that cure.

Step 7: Make sure EVERYONE can get treatment (this really should be step 1.5, but I'm putting here to underline the idea that once we have a cure, it should not be privatized, monetized, or given only to people who have deep pockets.


Alternate course: Find a way to genetically combine humans with naked mole-rats, which are immune to cancer, then keep all that stuff about making sure everyone has access.
 
2014-02-19 03:20:57 AM  
Step 8: Close your parenthesis.)
 
2014-02-19 03:29:26 AM  

jso2897: This cancer thing is just entirely unreasonable.
We need to fix this.
It just isn't tolerable.


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2014-02-19 03:49:34 AM  
Doesn't write like a kid.  Doesn't write like a kid that spent half his life fighting cancer.

Does sound like parents cashing in.
 
2014-02-19 03:52:26 AM  
One of the things on Reece's bucket list was to have breakfast from Wetherspoon.

Reece... Wetherspoon? Seriously? This doesn't sound fake to you guys?
 
2014-02-19 03:59:38 AM  
As someone who is continuing to deal with a congenital, possibly life-altering condition, all I can say is...this kid is a hell of a lot more heroic than I ever could be.

When I was about his age, I was heading into my third corrective surgery and bawling my eyes out because I knew it would hurt for a few weeks. I couldn't conceive of death. This kid has the spectre of death looming over him every day--and yet he seems to be coping with it with that typically British stiff upper lip.

Jesus, all I can say is best of luck kid and hope you get better.
 
2014-02-19 04:02:29 AM  

Nix Nightbird: Step 3: Regulate pharmaceutical companies


Hell is not going to freeze over with all this global warming going on.

The institutional shareholders of big pharma would like to have a word with you, peasant.
 
2014-02-19 04:06:56 AM  
I really hope this is more Daily Mail lies. If this is real A: HOW HORRIBLE FOR THE KID! and B: Such grammar! We're losing this prodigy before he's sprouted his first chest hair and yet we still have Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber? I'm gonna cry twice.
 
2014-02-19 04:08:37 AM  

lohphat: The institutional shareholders of big pharma would like to have a word with you, peasant.


Institutional Shareholders: - people who fund research
Big Pharma: - researchers, manufacturers, and distributors

Scary words with mundane meanings.
 
2014-02-19 04:15:04 AM  

hestheone: Doesn't write like a kid.  Doesn't write like a kid that spent half his life fighting cancer.

Does sound like parents cashing in.


1) Homeschooling will do that.

2) Cashing in? WTF.
Unless the follow-up article is "Kid Still Alive After 24 Months - 'LOL April Fool!'" Then, no.
 
2014-02-19 04:20:40 AM  
Because it's Daily FAIL, I'm sure every word of that is true, including the quotes of the kid who sounds not so much like a dying 11 year old as a 34 year old friendless balding Daily FAIL stringer who is this close to getting cut loose for good, so give me a tearjerker by 3 PM you stupid git.
 
2014-02-19 04:25:36 AM  
Okay, so the kid wants to meet Johnny Depp. Guess that means, you're up, Johnny.

One thing, though. He's too old for you to show up in a pirate suit, and no one cares that you were Tonto. You'd really be doing the kid a solid by taking Amber Heard with you and getting her to flash her boobs to the kid.

Give him something nice to remember before it's over.
 
2014-02-19 04:28:10 AM  
Am I the only person who read his name as Rice Puddington?
 
2014-02-19 04:35:22 AM  

yukichigai: Am I the only person who read his name as Rice Puddington?


No. Do you want the aisle seat or shall I have it?

That said... your name is Puddington. WTF are you doing calling your kid Reece?
 
2014-02-19 04:35:39 AM  

hestheone: Doesn't write like a kid.  Doesn't write like a kid that spent half his life fighting cancer.


It's not uncommon when they spend so much time around adults and in a hospital setting for them to talk & write at a level much higher than you'd expect. You don't get a lot of time to be a kid when you're in and out of the hospitals half your life. :(
 
2014-02-19 04:42:31 AM  

Lady Indica: hestheone: Doesn't write like a kid.  Doesn't write like a kid that spent half his life fighting cancer.

It's not uncommon when they spend so much time around adults and in a hospital setting for them to talk & write at a level much higher than you'd expect. You don't get a lot of time to be a kid when you're in and out of the hospitals half your life. :(


Single clues rarely unravel mysteries. Many, many correlated clues often hint to the truth.

For example, "Reece Puddington BBC" turns up no results from the BBC itself. It's all the telegraph, mirror, daily fail, localnewsuk, ect. as well as a facebook "appeal" I'm not clicking on.

I'm not saying he's not real, but you'd think the BBC would be on this like Journalists on a News Story.
 
2014-02-19 05:17:27 AM  
Point #1: when I was his age, I was reading and writing at a college level. Senior in college. With an English major, no less. ... So the kid being able to write at a level higher than his grade isn't that far fetched. Point #2: damn, that article was poorly written./poor kid...
 
2014-02-19 05:27:52 AM  
Every so often, life comes around the corner, kicks you in the stomach for no reason, and reminds you that sometimes it's completely unfair.  This is one of those times.
 
2014-02-19 05:42:35 AM  
A lot of my family has dealt with or is dealing with cancer. Seeing it in children and the young just isn't right. They didn't smoke or do anything to warrant this shiat.

I've been trying to research diets, medicines or anything that would result in the carcinogens running rampant in our little nook of the world, but there's so much disinformation and blame slinging on the net these days. It's the one thing the third world has us beat at, with drastically lower rates. We are poisoning ourselves, and we cannot even agree on the cause or even properly treat the symptoms of the more aggressive forms.

Rozotorical: I have to say the saddest part of this story, was the picture of his parents making him eat British food. As if having cancer wasn't bad enough.


This.

/fark cancer
 
2014-02-19 05:52:09 AM  

SpacePirate: I've been trying to research diets, medicines or anything that would result in the carcinogens running rampant in our little nook of the world, but there's so much disinformation and blame slinging on the net these days. It's the one thing the third world has us beat at, with drastically lower rates. We are poisoning ourselves, and we cannot even agree on the cause or even properly treat the symptoms of the more aggressive forms.


To be fair, it's first world medicine which has allowed us to live long enough to die of cancer (most forms being slow to progress and appearing later in life) instead of, say, an antipersonnel mine planted in the front yard.
 
2014-02-19 05:59:48 AM  

Sun Khan: SpacePirate: I've been trying to research diets, medicines or anything that would result in the carcinogens running rampant in our little nook of the world, but there's so much disinformation and blame slinging on the net these days. It's the one thing the third world has us beat at, with drastically lower rates. We are poisoning ourselves, and we cannot even agree on the cause or even properly treat the symptoms of the more aggressive forms.

To be fair, it's first world medicine which has allowed us to live long enough to die of cancer (most forms being slow to progress and appearing later in life) instead of, say, an antipersonnel mine planted in the front yard.


Tru dat, and postpone death with hospitals that have actual running water. You know, I do appreciate having all my limbs now that you mention it.
 
2014-02-19 06:14:09 AM  
Puddington.

That's about as English as a name gets.
 
2014-02-19 06:18:57 AM  
What a shiatty hand to get dealt for a life.
 
2014-02-19 06:20:13 AM  

Nix Nightbird: jso2897: This cancer thing is just entirely unreasonable.
We need to fix this.
It just isn't tolerable.

Step 1: Universal Health Care

Step 2: Abolish private health insurance

Step 3: Regulate pharmaceutical companies to force them to stop withholding and overcharging for life-saving medications in the name of increasing profit margins.

Step 4: Slash military budget by 15% and use that money for cancer research.

Step 5: Free college for those who maintain decent grades and pay taxes, in hopes that more smart people decide to pursue careers in science and medicine.

Step 6: Wait a generation or two for people to get degrees, start careers in science in medicine, and make advancements in cancer research and eventually find that cure.

Step 7: Make sure EVERYONE can get treatment (this really should be step 1.5, but I'm putting here to underline the idea that once we have a cure, it should not be privatized, monetized, or given only to people who have deep pockets.


Alternate course: Find a way to genetically combine humans with naked mole-rats, which are immune to cancer, then keep all that stuff about making sure everyone has access.


I sort of agree but that list is too 'status quo'.

4. Cut the US Defense budget to 2% of GDP, same cap as Japan. Stop all intervention, close overseas military bases. Stop thinking up new weapons and jet fighters. Be like Italy for example, smaller defense, protect the homeland, a bit left over for true humanitarian intervention.

5. There's no shortage of hard science expertise, worldwide. Much of it is mispurposed currently, in silly fields like military R&D, and high-frequency trading. The US spends $38 billion a year on research, cui bono?
 
2014-02-19 06:24:14 AM  
Eleven year olds are more than capable of writing to that standard unless they're American.

doglover: I'm not saying he's not real, but you'd think the BBC would be on this like Journalists on a News Story.


BBC news online isn't all that big on human interest. FWIW the Canterbury Times is a reasonable approximation of a news outlet.
 
2014-02-19 06:28:28 AM  
Also all peanut buttercups belong to him. Even got his name on them.
 
2014-02-19 06:46:26 AM  

FarkinNortherner: Eleven year olds are more than capable of writing to that standard


Not in my experience. At least, not as a rule.

When I can pick out the mistakes in your native language for you, and your native language isn't English, perhaps you are evidence that multi-culturalism is on the right track with equality.

The American "education" system might have room for improvement and kids might be capable of great things, but kids are also kids and the girls wanna chat and the boys wanna play ball. Ain't got time for that fancy 本読み.
 
2014-02-19 06:54:39 AM  
link is farked.  At least for me.
 
2014-02-19 06:58:44 AM  
I sometimes wonder what's going to replace Cancer.

Since the universe is entropic, it means *something* has to kill us. There can never be a system where we get to cheat death.

We got rid of the easy ones. Starvation and predation got replaced with war and waterborne disease. Then, as our technology improved, with fevers and poxes. Now cancer and heart disease.

So if we get rid of as big a killer as either one of those, I wonder what's going to replace them.
 
2014-02-19 06:59:21 AM  

SpacePirate: A lot of my family has dealt with or is dealing with cancer. Seeing it in children and the young just isn't right. They didn't smoke or do anything to warrant this shiat.

I've been trying to research diets, medicines or anything that would result in the carcinogens running rampant in our little nook of the world, but there's so much disinformation and blame slinging on the net these days. It's the one thing the third world has us beat at, with drastically lower rates. We are poisoning ourselves, and we cannot even agree on the cause or even properly treat the symptoms of the more aggressive forms.

/fark cancer



Yes, there's so much conflicting information regarding possible "triggers" but those can vary from one person to the next. It's crazy-making. Without knowing for sure, we could deprive ourselves of so many everyday pleasures and still wind up diagnosed with cancer anyway. Without being reckless, at some point you are better off living in the moment, enjoying each day rather than being a slave to the fear of developing cancer.

But, yeah, bottom line: fark cancer!!!
 
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2014-02-19 07:02:49 AM  
If you are dying and are asking, why not totally go for it.  Instead of asking to do something, ask to do SOMEONE.

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As I understand it, Sophie Coady is just crazy enough that she might say yes and she's local to him and all...
 
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