What would you do for your loved ones? When it really matters, would you go the distance? Well, here’s at least one person in this world who truly lives up to the title “best friend”.
Chris Betancourt and Dillon Hill have been best buddies since their childhood, growing up together and sharing many memories and trials. As friends go, they’re closer than most, and have done some amazing things in the time that they have known each other.
They first met at 10 years of age, when Chris moved from North Carolina to California where the two of them grew up. They became fast friends, always hanging out at each other’s houses and finding new ways to get up to mischief.
But in the fifth grade, something happened. Chris hadn’t been feeling well, and went to the doctors to find out what was wrong. He and his family then got the worst news possible. Chris had cancer.
He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, and his odds weren’t good. It was hard for the young boy to spend so much time in the hospital, but he had someone there to get him through the hard times.
Dillon would bring over video games to his friend’s hospital room and they would play for hours to distract each other from the negativity that was surrounding both of their lives. He also promised to become a doctor to figure out a way to cure his best friend.
Maybe it was the abundance of love and support he received, but Chris found out that his cancer had entered remission. For now, the two friends could focus on just being kids and having fun!
They did a lot with their time, and the next few years were filled with amazing accomplishments, but also greater tragedy.
The two best friends found themselves with a deep appreciation for life, and wanted to do what they could for those less fortunate than themselves.
They founded a non-profit organization designed to help other students with serious medical conditions to use video games and virtual reality technology to experience things that they would normally never get the chance to.
It is an amazing movement, and already so many young people have had happiness brought back into their lives thanks to their selfless work.
Chris and Dillon became even closer as they entered high school, and Dillon began dating his best friend’s sister. Unfortunately, after a battle against severe mental health issues, she took her own life in 2014.
The pair were devastated. They both lost someone incredibly close to them, but they knew now was the time when they needed each other more than ever.
Three years later, it seemed that things were beginning to get better. But now, life has taken another cruel turn.
The cancer suddenly returned and in full force. The doctors only gave Chris a year to live, and neither him nor Dillon are wasting any time.
They have a plan to do all the things that they wanted to get done in life, and little by little they have started to check them off the list.
They set up a website at Mybestfriendslist.com that you should really see. Right now they have 79 items to start working on, but the list grows with every passing day.
Some of the items on there are pretty cool. Some are easier than others, and a few may take a bit of time, and while that’s not exactly something the two of them have a lot of, they are hopeful that they will make it to the end!
A few of their items include: break a world record, see a baseball game, meet with Johnny Depp, and finding love before Chris passes.
They have crossed off a few of them already. Yelling in a quiet place is one of the funnier ones, but they also want to do some good, like handing out food to homeless individuals.
Right now they are looking for donations for their next big adventure. Chris wants to take a road trip to see the sights and sounds of San Francisco, so they started a fundraiser to have a helping hand while sharing some positivity for those going through a similarly tough time.
In order to make sure his friend is able to get through to the end of the list, Dillon dropped out of college to help, and spend more time with Chris.
There’s also hope that they can find a bone marrow donor for Chris in time.
Dillon says, “If we can’t do that and it comes to the worst possible case, and we lose Chris – the last year of his life is going to be documented and it’s going to be shared with millions of people.”
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