In February 2014, Ethan began to suffer from a number of symptoms. His family took him to see the doctor, who felt a lump in Ethan's lower abdomen and ordered an ultrasound, x-ray and blood work. Ethan's family was devastated when they received the news that he suffered fromneuroblastoma. Ethan started inpatient therapy for 37 days and then began chemotherapy followed by surgery to remove a tumor, a stem cell transplant and radiation. Currently, Ethan's scans are clear and his condition is stable, and his family hopes that this will mark a positive turning point in his difficult medical journey.
For his wish, Ethan thought about visiting Legoland or even an aquarium, but he knew that his number one wish would be to meet his favorite characters on the beautiful beaches of Disney Aulani.
Ethan's mom, Yolanda, said "Ethan's wish was essential to the recovery and healing for Ethan."
Ethan has visited the ocean before and loves to play on the beach, but the crystal clear waters of Hawaii were unlike anything he had seen before.
"The trip was symbolic to him and the rest of the family of finally closing this chapter of his life and putting it on a shelf never to be opened again. Ethan can now begin to live life to the fullest and catch up on lost time. We can't thank you enough." - Ethan's mom, Yolanda