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Reid Z.

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Reid is very spunky and full of life! His absolute favorite hobby is anything related to How to Train Your Dragon. Reid can tell you just about every aspect about every single dragon, including its name, color, and any special features it may have. He is such an outgoing and sweet kid who is very easy to get along with!

Siblings Names: Rudy and Amelia

Parents Names: Lani and Rudy

Allie Wank, former Buckeye Buddies Coordinator, says, “My favorite interaction with Reid so far was the first time we met at Color Me Mine. It was my very first BT event so I was very nervous to meet the kids. As soon as we entered the building, Reid ran right up to me so he could show me the mug he was painting. He didn't even know my name yet, but took my hand and led me back to his station and began teaching me everything there is to know about How to Train Your Dragon. By the end of the night, I was a pro at detecting which dragon was which and made a great new friend. I owe so much to him for making me feel right at home with the BT families.”

Reid's Favorite Things:

Favorite Color: Orange

Favorite Movie: Star Wars

Favorite Book: Anything with animals, history, science, dragons, and dinosaurs

Favorite Candy: Kit-Kats

Favorite Activity: Camping, Fishing, Swimming, and Biking

Favorite Sport: Soccer

Favorite Character: How to Train Your Dragon Characters

What he wants to be when he grows up: Paleontologis or to be a professor

Reid's Cancer Journey:

Reid was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma in 2011. He endured six months of chemotherapy and more than 15 surgeries, including tumor and lymph node removals, a skin graft, and a lung biopsy. Currently, Reid is stable and follows up with the oncologist every couple of months to monitor any potential tumor growth. Reid has been positive and full of life throughout his fight with cancer.