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Dallas Stars, Patrick Sharp Are #NathanStrong

A young Texan with brain cancer made a bucket list, and the Stars helped him check another box off.

A young Texan with brain cancer made a bucket list, and the Stars helped him check another box off that list.

If you turned away from the Dallas Stars win over the Nashville Predators during the second intermission last evening, you missed a touching story of how they have connected with a seriously ill young boy.

Nathan Beatty is an eight year old from North Texas who was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a very nasty form of brain stem cancer, earlier this year. After his diagnosis, he wrote down a list of things he wanted to do.

You can see part of it, as featured in last night’s video, here.

As the video says, when Patrick Sharp and the Stars heard about the list, they took it upon themselves to help Nathan scratch a few off, and they documented the memories Nathan and his family made.

If the video in the header isn’t working for you and you haven’t seen it other places yet, you should watch it here. With tissues.

Nathan and his family were also at the game last night, and just like the last time he was in attendance, the team pulled out a big win.

You can follow Nathan and his family on his Facebook page and help them celebrate the good scan news they got recently.

On a more personal note, those of you that know or interact with me on social media know I volunteer a lot in childhood cancer circles. I’ve known a handful of kids with DIPG, and it is one of the most merciless diseases out there. While thankfully pretty rare, it has a practically nil survival rate after two years and a propensity to strike 5-10 year olds.

All that is to say dedicated research into diseases like this is incredibly important. Kids like Nathan are out there living with and dying of DIPG, and there haven’t been any of the prognosis-changing treatment advances we’ve seen in things like childhood leukemia or even other types of brain cancer. If you were moved by his story and have the ability, I urge you to look into the charity mentioned at the end of the video, called The Cure Starts Now, which funded nearly $500,000 in research and $180,000 in family support programs for DIPG last year.

Eight year olds shouldn’t have to create bucket lists.