Age 5 Boy Won't Let Cancer Stop Him from Dancing


A 5-year-old boy with cancer is lifting spirits around the country with his adorable dance moves at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

There seems to be something magical about being 5 years old.

You can show off your age with a whole handful of fingers, tread into elementary-aged territory, yet still be small enough to enjoy all things little-kid.

But 2018 has been a difficult year for Solomon Haufano and his family.

Instead of those carefree days through the eyes of a child, Solomon has spent his days in and out of hospitals, enduring chemo and radiation treatments, and generally feeling sick a lot of the time.

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Solomon’s mother, Leni Lutui, told “Good Morning America” that her son was diagnosed with cancer in May.

He has desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a type of cancer that was found in his abdomen.

After months of treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Solomon is gearing up to be finished with his cancer treatment in January.

During his hospital stay, Solomon had time to perfect his Michael Jackson dance moves.

“When he had to stay in the hospital for a long time, my sister would play music videos for him and he would just imitate the moves,” Lutui said.

“He just brings our spirits up,” she said. “He dances through treatment and you would never know he’s sick.”

Lutui posted a video of Solomon dancing to the song “Bad” by Michael Jackson. Wearing his spider-man pajamas, little Solomon stood up on his hospital bed and began to imitate one of his favorite performers.

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The video of this brave little fighter has started to circulate, as people are inspired by the little boy’s positive attitude and smile during such a difficult time.

“He is truly a special kid and all I wanted to do was share his little light of hope with the world because he’s gone through more as a five-year-old than anyone else I’ve known in my whole life,” Lutui said.

Lutui and Solomon have been pushing through the pain and remain hopeful that 2019 will be a year of healing, improved health and some long-awaited celebratory dance moves when that final cancer treatment is done.

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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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