Dying Couldn’t Stop Ethan Arbelo From Living

What happens when the cusp of adulthood meets cancer

“He really wanted to go skydiving but he wasn’t old enough. He wanted a piercing but he couldn’t risk an infection. He didn’t want to die a virgin, but he did. He wanted to grow up, be a drill Sargent or maybe a doctor. He spoke about kids because he wanted a lot but he was still a kid himself,” photographer Dania Maxwell said. Ethan passed away July 3, 2014 at the age 12. He had brain cancer.