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Despite suffering a rare type of cancer, a teenager refuses to allow the disease to slow down his life By Helen Altonn POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 03, 2009 Return to Paginated View The first thing 13-year-old Gavyn Takamoto asked his doctor when told he had a very rare, very aggressive tumor, was whether he'd be able to go on a vacation in June.

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LANI AWA BELL

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keep the positive attitude.
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Thank you for this story. This young man is an inspiration and reminder that life is to be "lived". Thank you, Gavyn. Being positive is so very important.
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Not many of us could face adversity like Gavyn is doing, and report should remind those of us who have never had cancer to be thankful for our good fortune. Good luck to you, Gavyn.
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While I am suffering from pain due to aging arthritis I always remindl myself that there is always someone suffering from more pain than myself. This story of Gavyn makes me feel ashamed that I would complain at my age when I can lead a normal life. I admire his positive attitude, his humor, his love for life and wish that more of us could be like him. This article certainly paints a wonderful story of a young man, who lost his mother, whose father and sister and family and friends are walking beside him through his journey. I will pray for his recovery. Please keep us updated on his incredible journey. Thank you Gavyn, you give all of us so much inspiration. Love to you and your family.
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I'mua Gavyn!!!!!!!! Brave kid!!!!!!!!
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Kahala Princess wrote:
While I am suffering from pain due to aging arthritis I always remindl myself that there is always someone suffering from more pain than myself. This story of Gavyn makes me feel ashamed that I would complain at my age when I can lead a normal life. I admire his positive attitude, his humor, his love for life and wish that more of us could be like him. This article certainly paints a wonderful story of a young man, who lost his mother, whose father and sister and family and friends are walking beside him through his journey. I will pray for his recovery. Please keep us updated on his incredible journey. Thank you Gavyn, you give all of us so much inspiration. Love to you and your family.
Great post. A lot of our "challenges" and "road blocks" in life are so minor compared to what others must face. And these people face their challenges with so much courage and strength. Inspiring! Best wishes to Gavyn and his family!!
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Get Well Soon, the world needs positive people like you. Some of us adults should feel ashamed about the things we whine and complain about. You are living proof that you don't have to be an adult to be a role model.
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Aging Observer wrote:
Thank you for this story. This young man is an inspiration and reminder that life is to be "lived". Thank you, Gavyn. Being positive is so very important.
I agree! Inspiring stiory
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Go Warriors wrote:
Get Well Soon, the world needs positive people like you. Some of us adults should feel ashamed about the things we whine and complain about. You are living proof that you don't have to be an adult to be a role model.
It makes me VERY ashamed grumbling about having to sit in traffic or not being able to find parking at the mall, or about a restaurant taking too long for my food, etc. Very insignificant things that really don't matter.
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I am just one of Gavin's baseball coaches and let me tell everyone how much he have inspired me. He is one of those kids that although, does not posess all the best baseball skills, I would always choose to keep him on my team because he does have a great attitude and we always chose kids with great attitude over their skills. His father Ken, is always very supportive in anything that Gavin did. We always joked with him that Gavin should go on a diet because he ate so much and was getting big. Little that we knew, he had a tumor. He was always bigger than the other kids, at 10 to 13 years old, he was already well over 5'5". Gavin, get well soon, we are waiting for you on the field. Coach Jay
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I was just thinking about Gavyn recently when my son turned 13. Gavyn's mom was one of my best friends and we were pregnant with our boys at the same time. Unfortunatley, Gavyn's mom did not live to see her son grow up. I am glad my friend's son is surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Take care!

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Thank you for sharing your story, Gavyn. You are braver than you know. Best wishes to you.
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Truly inspirational, with all the Grumbling, Rumbling, that is directed at Coach Mack I think
the opposition could learn something here. What
they encountered is so Manini compared to what
this kid has gone through already... Makes you
wonder sometimes...Everlasting Peace
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Geev 'um boy!!!!!!!!
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Wow! What an incredible kid and awesome family. This is what Ohana is really about. May God see you through all this.
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Gavyn, keep hope at your side always and all will be fine. You're teaching all of us adults to appreciate life more. Thank you dear child. We will all be with you every step of the way.
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What an incredible kid. Gavyn, you are going to accomplish a lot in your life because of your positive spirit and your "can-do" attitude. Best wishes!!
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Wow, What a story!!
You keep your head up and keep strong...
May God be with you alway's...
You will be in my prayers...
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great motivational story! ganbare Gavyn!
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Hello Gavyn...we all wish you well.

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