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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hot in Hollywood Feature

Below is the feature that was posted on Hunter on Hot in Hollywood.


POSTED - 2/26/2008

Living in Los Angeles, I meet all kinds of special people, but none as inspiring as my friends, Lenore and Zen Todd, who have begun a journey that no parent ever wants to take. Their precious son, Hunter Zen, was diagnosed at 14 months old with AML Leukemia. Since that day in November this incredible family has not stopped fighting. 

Hunkered down at Children's Hospital LA for the last 4 months, Lenore and Zen have gone to great lengths to provide comfort, healing and happiness to their son. (They even know which nurses to bribe for a bigger room with their own bathroom!) The outpouring of support and love for Hunter has been remarkable throughout his chemotherapy treatment and countless diagnostic tests. 

Our little man has captured the hearts of so many. Aldabella Scarpa, a children's shoe company, has named a line of shoes in his honor; Chaz Dean Studio is sponsoring all of Hunter's hair care products, and an email campaign has been started to reach out to Oprah for a mention and a prayer. Hunter's friends even held a sake tasting fundraising event in his honor! On March 7th a "Party with a Purpose" will be held in his honor at the Whisper Lounge at the Grove. Paul Stanley, from Kiss, has donated a signed guitar to be auctioned off at the event! Paul has been a huge fan of Hunters for a long time.

Lenore and Zen (on the ends) with Paul Stanley and his wife, Erin, at the Sake Tasting event.

The passion, dedication and positive outlook that Lenore and Zen have in the face of this monumental challenge is truly an inspiration to all. Zen, a well known LA photographer, has beautifully documented this unexpected journey with his son for hope and inspiration to others. Please join me in sending this awesome family your prayers, positive thoughts and abundant energy for healing. Let us help to make a difference in these three beautiful lives. To learn more about their story and explore was to help, please visit the Healing Hunter Blog.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found this story purely by accident, but my heart hurts for Hunter and his family. I went to high school with Todd in Oregon and like so many others lost track of most of the people from there. I was happy to hear of his business success but so sad for the pain and challenges that his little boy is facing with leukemia. I wanted to offer a source of information to them...we know a family, The Gross Family, in Fallon, Nevada (there is a huge cancer cluster there that has affected 17 children...the town is very small so that number is huge!) whose son, Dustin, was diagnosed with leukemia affecting the "B" Cells at age 3. Dustin is now 12 or 13 years old and has been cancer free for a few years. The Gross family, as well as the other "cancer cluster" victims in Fallon, have great knowledge and connections with people who may be able to help in Hunter's fight against this disease. Dustin and the other cancer cluster children spent lots of time at UC Davis in California...they may have insight on how to help as well. I know that the Gross family would be happy to help in any way that they could whether it be medical connections, fundraising or just to listen to Hunter's story and maybe offer some words of incouragement or ideas. Please pass their name along to Todd and his may help!