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Age 13 Boy Diagnosed with Rare Cancer, Gives Away $6,000 Wish to Save Other Lives

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At just 13 years old, Trenton Dyck has remarkable wisdom, maturity, and a selfless heart. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer just a few short months ago, but is determined to save as many lives as possible while he still has time.

It was October 2017 when young Trenton was diagnosed with stage four alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS).

According to Sunny South News, Trenton’s particular cancer was very advanced, and in early 2018, he was given just weeks to live.

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada approached Trenton and his family, offering to make a child’s dream come true.

The boy, described as kindhearted, inquisitive, and focused on others, decided to give his wish away — fulfilling a dream to help others.

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Trenton chose to donate his $6,000 wish to children in Haiti, specifically to bring clean water and sanitation into areas threatened by water-borne disease. “Water is such a huge part of everybody’s life,” said Trenton.



“There’s so many people who don’t have any clean water, and the water they do have makes them sick,” Trenton explained. “Something like this would help hundreds and hundreds of people, and disease would go down.”

Trenton has partnered with Compassion Canada, hoping others will join him in bringing clean water to Haiti.

Not only will impoverished children have their physical needs met, but through Compassion, people will have the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.



Sharing the gospel perfectly aligns with the faithful, obedient heart of this little boy. He was already accustomed to helping his family, serving kids at his church, and making a difference in his community.

It’s no surprise, then, that Trenton saw his make-a-wish dream as a chance to reach others for Christ. With a wisdom beyond his years, Trenton knew that seizing his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity could benefit others for years to come.

“That was his choice,” said John Dyck, Trenton’s father.

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“Instead of having something that would just strictly [benefit] basically him and his class, a few days of life here, he wanted something that would keep on going and be helpful to kids that are living in (poverty).”

Trenton has a faith in God described as deep and quiet, a faith that helps him understand that his life on earth is not the end.

“He looks forward to seeing Jesus face to face and ‘putting on’ his heavenly body,” his Compassion page reads. Anyone interested in donating to Trenton’s cause can find details on his Compassion Canada webpage.

Trenton’s life is an inspiration, a reminder that each one of us can make a contribution to the world.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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