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.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day at the Sea - Hunter's Song




Music Video:





3 Options for purchasing this Cool song - support the FIGHT:

BandCamp: (Name your own Price)
http://healinghunter.bandcamp.com/track/day-at-the-sea-hunters-song

iTunes: (99 cents)
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/day-at-the-sea-hunters-song/id399955953?i=399955957

cdBaby: (99 cents)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alexisharte1


Love= Power,
Power = Strength,
Strength = Courage

These children fight like hell,
and they're too cool to die.

Please share the song......Please share the love

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How this beautiful Song came about:


A few months ago we were asked to write a song. This is not an unusual request, but it was the most difficult song we have ever written. It wasn’t just any song. It was a Song for Hunter.

Hunter was a little boy who lost his battle with AML Leukemia on March 8th 2010. He was kind, brave and hilariously funny. He was only 3 1/2 years old. We never met Hunter, but we discovered his story through a friend of ours who introduced us to his parents’ blog that documented his journey. Reading about his courage and looking into his eyes though pictures, we realized that we had to do something. “Something” became a song in his honor.

We first decided to write a song as a gift to his parents. But then we realized that we could do something bigger. We could help other children and their families who are battling this disease. So we decided to write a song that honored Hunter while raising money for leukemia research through the Healing Hunter Foundation. (www.healinghunter.com)

Now we had a goal, but that didn’t make it any easier. How we could possibly write something meaningful enough to honor such an amazing boy? A very tall order indeed. After many weeks and many unfinished songs in the garbage, we finally found our inspiration.

Inspiration came in the from of a little home video of Hunter and his parents at the beach, enjoying the sun, the breeze, and the crashing waves. Hunter was so happy, and his infectious smile and giggle brought us all the more close to him. How do we honor Hunter? The answer was simple…celebrate his life.

And so, a “Day At The Sea” was born. It took us nearly 4 months to compose, record (including recording an amazing children choir), produce and mix the final version.

We truly hope you enjoy the song and help us spread the word to raise money for much needed research.

Thank You

Alexis Harte
Simone Benyacar

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Please support the FIGHT:

100% of the proceeds go into the Healing Hunter Fund where they will be appropriately dispersed to the research efforts towards AML Leukemia, families touched by pediatric cancer, as well as to the organizations that so graciously helped, supported and encouraged us during Hunter's fight. We could not have done it without them and they will be forever appreciated.

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Song Lyrics

Day at the Sea


Do you remember?
how the sun
tried in vain
to warm the day?

And how the salt wind
put a tangle in your hair,
your jet black hair.
We were the only ones there

But as sure as gulls danced in the sky,
We saw your toothy smile and your laughing eyes
Day at the sea
and your love was a wave
crashing through my memory.

Do you remember the shape of wind-filled sails,
castles built with pails.
Do you remember, the wind on the saw-grass hill
or how the world refused to stay sad, or still.

But as sure as gulls danced in the sky,
We saw your toothy smile and your laughing eyes
Day at the Sea
your love was a wave
crashing through my memory.

Day at the sea,
crashing through my memory.
your love was a wave

X2

ALEXIS HARTE:
In addition to touring nationally and internationally (sharing bills with Cat Power, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, Dar Williams and more), Alexis has had countless tracks placed in national television shows (ABC, PBS, WB, FOX, UPN). Alexis recently signed a multi-year music
co-publishing deal with Lionsgate Entertainment. (www.alexisharte.com)

SIMONE BENYACAR:
In the last few years he has composed original music scores for advertising campaigns such as The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Sin City, Apocalypto, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, and video games campaigns like Halo 2, and Call Of Duty II.

75 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tamra Simons - Lenore, this is just beautiful I had to share with all my FB friends.

Anonymous said...

Christina Rodis Burleigh - I can't imagine your pain Lenore. But it looks like you are starting to heal and that warms my heart. I'm so proud of you.

Anonymous said...

Raina O'Hare - It is a beautiful song and I cried like a baby watching the video. What a wonderful tribute to Hunter and your family.

Anonymous said...

Betty White Struble - Lenore, what a beautiful song in memory of Hunter!! I loved watching him play by the ocean.

Anonymous said...

Annette Smiraglia - that was beautiful...

Anonymous said...

Hilde Burm - just beautiful, I can feel the love ...

Anonymous said...

Andrea Herbst Stepien - Wow...

Anonymous said...

Eva Wright Mania - I love this it is so beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

Jonathan Cordell - He is an ANGEL LOOKING DOWN on you all..GOD BLESS THE FAMILY..

Anonymous said...

Kelli Zook - Beautiful...precious...

Anonymous said...

Linda Fernandes Bryce - absolutely priceless....lenore and zen, u r forever in my prayers! hugs and smooches to Ryder!

Anonymous said...

Codi Kodama Lloyd - Love it! Brought tears of sadness & joy. Miss that amazing boy of yours. Lots of Love!!

Anonymous said...

Julie Nishimura - this is beautiful song and wonderful video!

Anonymous said...

Colleen Dooley - luv it...posted it on my site....xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Mary Way Sanchez - I dont know you, but saw this video and song from a friend's, Amy Zimmerman, post. She is running in a half marathon this weekend to raise money to fight this horrible disease, and will have this song and your son in her heart. What a beautiful little boy, a beautiful song, and a beautiful love! Thank you for sharing your journey with total strangers. I purchased the song and everytime I hear it, a prayer will go up for you! GOd BLess

Anonymous said...

Nicola Kosciuk-Galassi - it's beautiful. Chris thanks for the link... guys it's really amazing. love you... HI RYDER!! xo

Anonymous said...

Beck Engle - Oh goodness! I just watched Hunter's "Day at the Sea" tribute video, and I bawled my eyes out. What a beautiful song and dedication. Xo

Anonymous said...

Suzi Parker Scheyer - What an amazing song and tribute to this little angel.

Anonymous said...

Emily Perry-Tresser - PLEASE download this song for .99, or an extra donation to find a cure for AML leukemia. My lil buddy Hunter, is no longer with us. He should be with his parents, and brand new baby brother. That's where he should be... This family is so close to my heart. This is a beautiful song.

Anonymous said...

Matt Nolan - So right Emily. It's beyond words, but you managed to say it. That sweet little boy.

Anonymous said...

Beth Anderson Moorehead - I did it. Sooooo heartbreaking.

Anonymous said...

Beth Anderson Moorehead - I just did! Thanks for posting this, I hope it makes some moola.

Anonymous said...

Matt Nolan via Lenore Davis: For all the Wonderful Friends who shared in Hunter's Journey, you can still help. I saw Hunter's cool Parents last week, and got to meet Hunter's little brother, Ryder. God Bless Iron Hunter.

Anonymous said...

Anna Perry - Celebrating the young and beautiful life of Hunter in a very cool way, please contribute and buy this song to help find a cure for AML Leukemia and help these children who are too young to die. Our love to Lenore, Ryder, and Zen

Anonymous said...

Molly Perry Jermyn - made me cry when I saw it yesterday. a very beautiful tribute. Just bought it!!

Anonymous said...

Colleen Dooley
This is such a beautiful song, and video of Hunter...so glad to remember such a strong...young, spirit...so uplifting...thanks for this posting, will download on itunes and ask my friends, family to do the same...as contributions will help find a cure for AML Leudemia...cheers...

Anonymous said...

Kelly Roberts - This is a beautiful video of a little boy who valiantly fought AML Leukemia. He won three times, and lost the fight the fourth time around. He was a brave little warrior, armed with love and courage, and the power to amaze all whose lives he continues to touch.

Anonymous said...

Ray Gonzalez - you were rt my friend !!!!! thts was so up lifting !

Anonymous said...

Allyson Levine via Hunter Zen Thawley: a song for Hunter. Sending you lots of love and smooches little man!

Anonymous said...

Amy Green Zimmerman via ZEN TODD Photographers
Love This!! Check it out...this sweet little one passed last year from AML (leukemia)...his name will be on my shirt for my 1/2 marathon this weekend...this song, and his spirit will be dancing in my heart :)

Anonymous said...

Kelli Zook
Please check out this video of our precious honored teammate that lost his courageous battle with leukemia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkTRZMrAf6o

STUPID CANCER...we have to find a cure

Anonymous said...

John W Smith
Hunter's song was made especially just for him. Check it out. Spread the word. Help us find a cure.

Anonymous said...

Wendy Parker is so excited to announce Hunter's song that was composed and created by a dear friend of mine Simone Benyacar to help raise money for Healing Hunter Foundation :)

Anonymous said...

Ezekiel Edward Goodwin
Probably the best 99 cents you could spend! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkTRZMrAf6o

Anonymous said...

Chris Schmitt
This is an amazing tribute song for our friends son Hunter who recently lost his ferocious battle with Leukemia. It was created by Simone Benyacar and Alexis Harte. "Purchase this inspiring song on iTunes for 99 cents to contribute to finding a cure for AML Leukemia and help those lil' warriors that are
still fighting. They're too young to die."

Anonymous said...

Pat Rodriguez Castillo - What a beautiful tribute, Lenore...

The Empress said...

I am so happy to hear from you.

The song is so beautiful, and had me crying like a baby.

I can't believe Hunter was here, and is gone.

Like the brightest, shooting star that flashed across the sky.

Anonymous said...

Angela Ramsey - I am in love with this song...

Anonymous said...

omg... tears.... what a beautiful song, beautiful visuals. what a lovely gift we had in this little man. reminds us all to love and share, unconditionally.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer Gendron via Lenore Davis
In honor of our little soldier Hunter, who lost his battle to Leukemia: Please share this song with all your friends and help raise $ towards Leukemia research. We miss you, Bean!

Anonymous said...

Ohra Stott via Lenore Davis
Take A Moment.

Anonymous said...

Sierra Montgomery
Beautiful song for a beautiful spirit that has touched many. Sweet Hunter who lives on through our hearts. Xo

Anonymous said...

Cortina Baxter - That is absolutely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Vikki Jensen - love, love, love his song! love you!

Anonymous said...

Emily Perry-Tresser - It is truly TRULY such a beautiful song

Anonymous said...

Jen Poverud - Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Jeni Brown - Sweet Babies, Tears for all that left to early...

Anonymous said...

Vikki Jensen
a very cool song about a very special little boy. we got to know hunter and his family when luke relapsed the first time, they were both fighting AML. an amazing family and a very, very beautiful little guy. miss you boys!

Anonymous said...

Kimberly Lewis
I hope you don't mind, but I payed tribute to both Karli and Hunter during that song. Such beautiful spirits! I hope they play and laugh together every day. :)

Lenore:
Don't mind a bit......makes it even more special. Xo

Anonymous said...

Erin Sawatzky - what a beautiful song Lenore!! brings tears..and smiles. Thanks for sharing :-)

Anonymous said...

Jennifer Gendron - I listened to it AGAIN today, and I fall in love with Hunter more each second--it captures his delightful heart!!

Anonymous said...

Gina Rees - Awww.. so beautiful

Anonymous said...

Lyndon Way - Bless you, Lenore.

Anonymous said...

Doernbecher Children's Hospital - Lenore, thank you for sharing Hunter's story. We're thinking about you and your loved ones.

Anonymous said...

Chris Schmitt - Incredible. It was great seeing you guys and meeting Ryder!

Anonymous said...

Amy Green Zimmerman - Tearful joy listening/watching this...forever touched by you and your sweet little one!!

Anonymous said...

Jessica Owens - Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You have made an impression on my soul as we journey also to heal our som from cancer.

Anonymous said...

Blue Butterfly Campaign - Yes you are right Lenore. Let's change that! Together we can make a difference.

Anonymous said...

Julia Nickson - Beautiful song ... beautiful Hunter.

Anonymous said...

Chalese Thill - So touching. Made me cry. I love you guys and feel your pain. My heart is with you.

Anonymous said...

Eva Wright Mania -
Beautiful

Anonymous said...

Julia Nickson - Thank you for sharing your heart rending journey. I am so saddened to hear the pain and heartbreak your family has suffered. Hunter's bravery will not be forgotten and inspires me to love more deeply, give more graciously and strive to make a difference. Blessings to you all.

Anonymous said...

Bil Vigil Wt - Awesome. Made me cry too. I wish so much that our Kaleb was back too. Our babies bring so much happiness. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Matthew Fournier - I cherish every moment I got to spend with Hunter. What a smile... Luv you Lenore and Todd. Can't wait to meet Ryder. Miss u guys.

Anonymous said...

Vanessa
That was so super sweet!!! Great song guys, and what a great cause!! Good job!

Anonymous said...

Sarah Stonebraker - Lenore, you're so not going to believe this but Kadie and I were just watching Hunter's video on Healing Hunter like literally two seconds ago and I was going to message you to see if I could repost his song to my Facebook page and here I found this!! I guess that answers my question!! It's beautiful...there simply isn't words for how perfectly beautiful his song is. We will be purchasing it one way or another.

Anonymous said...

Andrea Rivas Schmitt - So perfect.

Anonymous said...

Al Colvin - Awwwhhh!!!
Lenore I know you miss him!! Hunter was so adorable. I love the song and I will name my price. I will continue the journey to spread the word and raise the cash for the cause! Have a Merry Christmas my friend. :)

Anonymous said...

Jayne Dearborn -
Beautiful song and video about Hunter. When you purchase a copy proceeds go to helping kids with AML. Great work Lenore and Zen!

Anonymous said...

Krista Gallinger -
A tug at the heartstrings - this is a touching video of hero Hunter's life.

Anonymous said...

April Esposito - A beautiful song about a beautiful life!

Anonymous said...

Brenda Vega - Beautiful song, amazing boy, inspirational family! Please share, please donate, support the FIGHT! ♥

Anonymous said...

Anna Perry - This is such a beautiful song and is on our playlist at POF, and when it plays, I always think of Angel Hunter, his wonderful mama and papa, and his cute new bro Ryder...love it....love it.....

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the song. It is beyond words. I'm happy to see you here and I am glad you shared this with us. I am more than happy to support. Love to you and love to your family.

Anonymous said...

Kimber Mulivrana - My heart was touched so much by this. I almost lost my 27 year old son yesterday then to watch this I know how blessed I am and touched by the strength of this little boy and his parents. All my heart and love