At first, Ethan Wright's parents thought he was simply having growing pains. But last May, a trip to the doctor revealed a stunning diagnosis. Ethan had Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer.
Surgeons removed part of Ethan's hip in order to remove a cancerous mass that had formed in his bones.
"I think it was two days after, maybe three, when they told us it was maybe cancer," the 13-year-old Ethan explains. Ethan says candidly, with a wry smile, "I cried."
Only one in 250 people are diagnosed with the cancer each year, but Ethan has been strong and now, one chemotherapy treatment away from what doctors are hopeful will be remission.
Ethan says he looks forward to not having his medicinal port in, or getting stuck in the arm with needles.
Ethan's father, J.P. Wright explains why he emailed FOX 35 about his son.
"A lot of times you hear the sad stories about children not making it, and this is a great story where even though a lot of odds stacked against him, as of now, looks like he'll beat cancer!"
And he'll help others do the same. Under the guidance of his parents, Ethan has taken up the mission fighting for awareness of the need for more funding for research on childhood cancer.
They've created a Facebook page called "Yellow for Ethan." Yellow is the color for sarcoma.
Ethan's dad says they have gotten responses from every continent on earth.
And that's not all. Ethan is about to make his national television debut in this commercial with Arnold Palmer.
He was asked to team up with Arnold Palmer Hospital and MasterCard to spread awareness about childhood cancer and the need for more funding.
It'll air during the Bay Hill Invitational on the Golf Channel and network television.
Meantime, we asked Ethan how this past holiday was, and this is perhaps the moment that sums it all up best.
He says, thoughtfully, "Christmas was good. I got some video games and other things, but next one will be better, because I'll have some hair."
Ethan and his family also want people to take note that Arnie's March for Childhood Cancer takes place during the Bay HIll Invitational. All money raised will go to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital.