Death of a Superhero
A Family's Story about Courage, Bravery and the Defining Moments of LOVE
Our sweet, lil' baby love lost his battle to AML Leukemia on March 8, 2010. We fought long, hard and very aggressively for 2.5 years, only to have his cancer come back for the fourth time to finally take his life. He was only 3 years old.
This entire blog is about Hunter's amazing journey. It's about his life and his love......his determination and his courage.......his absolutely, brilliant personality, and the affect he's had on people all over the world.
He's left an unimaginable footprint on this earth and has changed the lives of thousands of individuals. People who didn't realize how precious life was, now live it with extreme gratefulness. People who took every minute they get to spend with their children for granted, now savor every last second. And people who weren't quite sure what love is all about, now love deeper, love stronger and love with every ounce of their soul.
People all around the world have shared their love, their well wishes, their prayers and their inspiration, and we could have NEVER achieved as much as we did without them. We are humbled by their generosity & their true friendships & are forever grateful for every last person that has come into our lives through our experience with Hunter. He was our precious baby love who we loved and cherished with all our hearts and we are forever crushed and terribly, broken-hearted.
Dance in the clouds baby cakes. Mom & dad are watching proudly & you will remain so very close to our hearts for all of eternity.
Monday, January 28, 2008
A prayer from OPRAH
I've requested a prayer from Oprah and am hoping she sends us one!
We can politely swamp their email inbox with Hunter by logging onto
In the middle of the page there is another link that says Share your personal thoughts and stories - EMAIL OPRAH. Click on the link and fill out the easy form.
The first words in the big box should read:
A Prayer for Hunter Zen
And then whatever little personal note you want to leave with Hunter's website at the bottom.
If and when you do this, send me a note so that I can keep track of how many submissions it takes to get a prayer and some more healing energy!!
We love this little one so much and once you read about him, you will completely understand. Keep doing greatness Oprah and thank you for considering my request. Love and abundance to you and your loved ones,
Hunters 'Auntie', Corrin Phillips
I set an email to Oprah. This was the fist time I read your blog I didn't know you had one. And to be honest I didn't think I had the stomach to read it. As you know something really happens to you when you have kids. A strange vulnerability. You guys are so brave. And Hunter is so courageous. What a beautiful spirit. I am glad to hear he is in remission and pray round three goes smoothly. We love you guys and we are on the prayer patrol!!! All our love and prayers
Steph and Jeff
I sent a Prayer for Hunter to Oprahs email. Lenore, you are simply an inspiration, you're a brave soul and a WONDERFUL Mother. I think of the three of you every day! It would be very exciting to see someone like Oprah to raise the energy and group thoughts to Hunter's healing! Much love-
Hi Lenore. Here is what I posted for Oprah. A PRAYER FOR HUNTER ZEN
Our dear friends have been struggling with AML Leukemia. Their son Hunter Zen was diagnosed with this deadly disease at 14 months old. Never in my life have I seen two more positive people handling this situation than his parents Zen Todd and Lenore. Their story is inspirational to say the least. Here is their website. www.healinghunter.blogspot.com Good Luck! We love you guys & continue praying for you.
Oh you bet I sent a prayer to oprah! Love to you and the whole clan!
Did the Oprah thing, though I dont really understand how her prayer is heard any louder than ours. Good luck will come to those who work for it.
John and Leisa
It's a done deal.
I have sent in the prayer request to Oprah and will pass along this e-mail to friends and family to make sure we get in all the requests that we can. I am so happy to hear that he is back home and I am sure it feels great for you both and of course for Hunter! That is so great that he took his first steps solo again. I will continue to send my prayers for him every night. I hope you guys enjoy your time home and thank you for keeping me posted! Many wishes and prayers!!!
hi, I am one of Erin Hirsch's friends and on the e-mail chain for Healing Hunter.... I sent Oprah a request!! Warm wishes for happiness and health~
We put our request in. She is such an amazing woman, there's no doubt that she will say a prayer.--lotsa love,
Matt and Ann Marie
Hi honey - i sent my message today...and you know me, it was a bit longer and emotional than they want....ha! F#@k 'em. I love you! Give the little man a smooch for me and I'll see you this week. xoxox
I sent a message to Oprah and told her how much your spirit and strength moves me and that A Prayer for Hunter Zen from Oprah would move you guys. =)
Love you guys. Hope to see you again soon. Love
I told the big O to take care of you guys. She better listen. XO,
okay, I couldn't figure the Oprah thing out, but I went to your blog...nicely written...and looked at Hunter and sat and prayed for him myself. It's only a basic cable host prayer, but I hope it helps. Was really struck by how beautiful and soulful he is. He seems to be going through this with such courage. If Vivien was strapped in like he was for that MRI she would have been hysterical. It's like he's helping you guys out being so calm. I loved the toast at New years picture. You two are great that you see the good admist the bad. I really believe that he is going to beat all of this. love,
I just sent a message to Oprah asking her to hold Hunters little hand and pray. Hugs, Molly
Done! Love to all of you,
Just did mine! Much xoxoxoxoxo,
I sent a request to Oprah today!
I just sent a message to Oprah. We had a great time with you guys. Hope to see you again soon.
Oprah has my note. Gotta love that lady.
You guys don't know me but I follow your blog because I'm new to photography. I went thru a similar situation with my daughter 9 years ago. My daughter had to have a liver transplant. She is now 12 and doing fine. I know Hunter will pull through I have him in my prayers. If you ever need a pen pal just shoot me an e-mail. I also e-mailed Oprah to say a prayer for my little buddy Hunter. Thanks for sharing your story.
This is great! I sent an email…hope it works out!!!
I just wanted to let you know that I sent Oprah an email. I sure hope Hunter is doing well. I think of your family often. Talk to you soon.
Hi Lenore, just zipped a message off to the big O for Hunter. So glad to see he's doing better!
You dont know me. I got a link to your story from [b]ecker's blog. I have been following your story since. I just wanted to let you know that I sent a quick email to Oprah as you requested and I hope that your prayers are all answered.
Dear guys! I've just emailed to Oprah. Good luck! We are praying for your precious baby and very happy he is doing better!
Julie, Elie's sister
Hey Guys! Just to let you know—I emailed Oprah. Hope you are doing well!
Hi Zen and Lenore, I just wanted to send you a note to let you know I am thinking about you and your little guy! I have been following his story and just looked at his updated blog (i too sent a message to the Big O) He is such a cute miracle! Thanks for your inspiration. I hope to attend an event soon!