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As promised, today's all about Ruben. I still can't even believe he's gone. I held this little guys hand for 11 long but short months as he battled a Terminal brain tumor known as DIPG. In conjunction with the most visits ive EVER done for one child, Ruben would have his mother send me videos and audio clips. Our bond as friends (Spidey and Ruben) was as close as it gets. I did everything I could even imagine possible for him and his family and if God gave me the option to give my life for his, I would have. One of the greatest moments in my career as spiderman so far was to gift Ruben and his family of 5 with a fully paid trip to Disneyland (his first time). To this day, his mother says its the last time she saw her son as a happy normal child. These videos cut deep like a knife ever since he passed on July 25th 2017 but they also fill me with joy knowing we made this happen for him. Ruben was a fighter and so is his family. Today would have been his 8th birthday but because of a lack of funding (4% for pediatric cancer) he isn't here to celebrate it with his brother, sister and parents. DIPG kills 300 kids a year as roughly 350-400 new kids per year are diagnosed with a life expectancy of 8-12 months. With a 0% survival rate, its a death sentence to our children UNLESS we change that. On honor of Ruben Please visit @defeatdipg (www.defeatDIPG.org) to find out how. God bless world and Happy Birthday Ruben. #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenStrong #RubenContreras #dipgawareness #DIPG #MoreThan4 #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #pediatriccancerawareness #WeCanDoBetter #Love #Light #Prayers #God #Smiles #Joy #ForTheKids #Motivation #InspireOthers #blessings #PrayersForRuben #Woodland #Ca #DisneyLand #Disney #MissYou #AngelInHeaven

For my best friend this day will be remembered forever. Love you uncle Ruben rest easy bro no more pain. We will see each other again in heaven. #rubenstrong

In late june through july Ruben Contreras was the last of 5 children I was closest to who passed away in just one months time. I was with him his entire fight against the vicious DIPG up until 2 days before he went to heaven at just 7 years old. The first time I met him, he was talking, walking and even did a few barrel rolls. The last time I ever saw him was at UC Davis hospital in Sacramento California and he couldn't open his eyes, move, or eat. I put my fingers in his hand and told him Spider-Man was there and to my surprise, he squeezed them. Maybe that was his way of saying "See you later" and or "Thank You". Ruben changed so many lives with his fight and it still shows to this day. His elementary school constructed a bench in his honor that features a picture of him and YUP, you guessed it, Spider-Man! At the end of this video I inserted an audio clip that Ruben sent me exactly a year ago. Its hard to hear but he says "You're my hero...SpiderMan". I found it today and cried. No Ruben, YOU'RE MY HERO and I love and miss you so much little buddy. Today Ruben would have turned 8 but because of DIPG (a terminal brain tumor with 0% survival rate and pediatric cancer funding only being 4%) he passed away 7/25/17. Please PLEASE go to www.defeatDIPG.org (@defeatdipg ) to help these kids fight and one day survive!! Happy Birthday Ruben. You and Spider-Man are still best buds. I promise and I'll see you when I get there. God bless world. 🙏🏼 @jj21986 #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #RIPRuben #MissYou #Love #Light #Prayers #HappyBirthdayRuben #DIPG #dipgawareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #pediatriccancerawareness #MoreThan4 #InspireOthers #Blessings #InHeaven #Angel #MyBuddy #FriendsForever

I found this in my phone last night and it brought me to tears. This is the first time I ever met Ruben Contreras over a year ago in Woodland California. Little did I know just how close I'd become with him and his family. He was one month into his almost 12 month fight with DIPG (a terminal brain tumor with a 0% survival rate). This is me walking into the lives of a family who just found out and are scared, confused, puzzled, hurt but also hopeful. He just finished his first round of radiation and his parents already saw a change in him. His father (in the background) could hardly hold back his tears as I tried to give little Ruben a spark of inspiration. A fighting spirit. His smile and excitement in this video weakens my heart because after visiting him over a dozen times in 11 months, comforting him, sending his whole family of 5 to Disneyland, and more, he passed away 7/25/17 at just 7 years old. It digs a little deeper because TODAY would have been Rubens 8th birthday. I should be suiting up for you today. You should be blowing out candles, opening presents, and playing with friends. But you're not and your family has to shoulder that reality not just today, but EVERY DAY. please pray for rubens family and visit @defeatdipg (www.defeatDIPG.org) for more info on how we CAN stop this vicious disease before its YOUR child. God bless. Happy Birthday Ruben. miss you so much buddy 🙏🏼 #HappyBirthdayRuben #Forever7 #InHeaven #dipgawareness #DIPG #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #WeMissYou #WeLoveYou #YourSmileWasEverything #prayers #Woodland #Ca #love #God #InspireOthers #StayHumble #GoneTooSoon #DefeatDIPG @jj21986

While I've been in Seattle visiting hospitals the last few days, Rubens family has been enduring the difficult task of saying goodbye to their son via funeral services. Friday was the wake and today was the burial of my little friend. I was heartbroken by not being able to be there. My emotions have been fluctuating from high to super low ever since Ruben passed while ive been meeting new children fighting. I plan on being at Rubens balloon release tomorrow (as myself) to hopefully gain some closure. I need to cry. I need to let all of this pain go. After Rubens balloon release I have left 7 days open without having to be Spider-Man. This is where I'll rest. Its where I'll heal after a month of straight hell. I've said goodbye to 5 kids I loved with all my heart in just one month and my heart deserves a chance to bounce back. For now please send prayers up to Rubens family as the last week has been the most difficult of their entire lives. I love you Contreras family and I'll see you soon. Goodnight and god bless #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #Spiderman #HeartOfaHero #RIP #RestInPeace #GoneTooSoon #PediatricCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #love #Hope #faith #Strength #Prayers #DearLord #SendAngels

Love. Its one of those things that just won't work if you only give 99% of it. It has to be 💯 or it just isn't real. Both feet in, diving in head first and accepting the fact that it may hurt you in the long run but even then, its worth feeling it (especially giving it). I run towards children who need 100% love because I am positive I can give it. No matter how shattered I KNOW my heart will become over and over again on this journey, it doesn't make me love any children I meet any less. I stand before families with open arms and palms facing up with nothing in my hands but my heart. I've seen miracles happen that doctors can't explain. I've seen turnarounds that would shock the world and definitely leave the medical universe baffled. So for kids like Ruben, I shine a light where its needed most because with God, ANYTHING is possible. With believing, all can be achieved. I love this little guy with all my heart and soul. So much that I cannot describe it here on Instagram or Facebook. Its love. All 100% of it. Please follow Rubens journey on FB by searching: PRAYERS FOR RUBEN CONTRERAS. Thank you and God bless! #heartofahero #Spiderman #Hugs #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #Love #OneHundredPercent #AllIn #NoMatterWhat #Beauty #resilience #ForTheKids #ForTheFuture #DIPG #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #DIPGawareness #TogetherWeCan #WoodlandCa

This is sweet little Ruben Contreras as of right now. Ive posted about Ruben MANY times as I've been there for majority of his journey and fight with DIPG (a terminal brain tumor). He's only 7 years old and is currently at a hospital in Sacramento. Ive made more than a dozen visits to ruben, sent his family of 5 to Disneyland and have bought every toy in the book for him and his siblings. I've been summoned to be at his side one more time again as Spider-Man tomorrow. Tomorrow isn't about the toys. Its not about money anymore either. Its simply his old pal spiderman being there and it comforting him that much more. When I first began visiting Ruben almost a year ago, he was running around doing barrel rolls, playing and jumping. Every time I visited him, DIPG took something small away from him. Watching this happen over time is extremely difficult to see and NOT just for me but more for his mom @jj21986 , dad, brother, sister, and family. Please send massive amounts of prayers up for my little buddy. Say a prayer and list what part of the world you're in so we know this prayer is worldwide for ruben!! See you tomorrow my friend... #HeartOfaHero #RubenStrong #RubenContreras #DIPG #DIPGawareness #Love #MiracleNeeded #Prayers #Blessings #WorldwidePrayers #God #Light #Faith #Hope #MoreThan4 #Inspire #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness

Children teach us to always be curious, to be happy always, and to fight tirelessly for something...especially when that something happens to be an evil villain like cancer, more specifically DIPG. As Spiderman knelt before Ruben to talk to him, so many thoughts and feelings came over the entire room; feelings of pure love, hope, and the willingness and relentlessness of family standing together to fight against something so big...then Spiderman leaned into the young hero and told him to "just keep being a kid". It was extremely hard to fight back the tears, as little Ruben looked up at his good pal Spidey and just smiled with eyes wide, full of hope, positivity, and promise of brighter days ahead. In the short amount of time we were there for our visit, Ruben and his brother and sister reminded us that although life can be unfair, it is only when we use the power of prayer, a strong support system, and positive thinking that we can overcome life's toughest tests especially when it comes to ones health; we have witnessed the miracles these have brought to the table when it comes to healing; trust us when we say it's stronger than medicine alone. We left our visit inspired and with the conviction that Spiderman and his crew have many more heroes to visit, miracles to witness, to have fun and "let go" as children do, and the opportunity to inspire, empower, and motivate more children to come.
#HeartofaHero #heartofaheroinc #heroes #fightDIPG #thepowerofprayer #thepoweroffamilyandpositivethinking #inspire #empower #motivate #witnessmiracles #Rubenstrong #strongerthanmedicinealone #livetoinspire

Today we made our way out to UCSF San Francisco to meet up with our buddy Ruben. He's been in San Francisco receiving radiation treatment to combat the cancerous/terminal DIPG tumor he's fighting. He has two more sessions left and I could sense he's ready to be all done. I walked in today just as he rolled off the radiation table and he screamed "Spiderman!!" I picked him up and held him in my arms as he smiled as best he could. His happiness radiated through the entire room as every single person in his family smiled ear to ear. His big sister ruby was even laughing like I've never heard before. Rubens make a wish a long time ago was to have his room made over as Batman. After we've met over 6 times now, today he was excited to tell me he wants his room redone as Spider-Man!! So I told him we would do it for him and I absolutely can't wait! What Ruben and his family are going through is NOT easy. There have been lots of changes in Ruben since he and i first met. He can't stand on his own and has a hard time smiling let alone talking but Ruben is a FIGHTER and I need all of you to pray for him! It hurts my whole heart to see him go through this because I love him so much. Lord, we need a miracle!! Dear world, pray with me for Ruben! Amen, God bless and Goodnight. #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #DIPG #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #MoreThan4 #prayers #Blessings #miracles #PleaseLord #Amen #FightLikeAKid #Love #Smiles #Friends #UCSF #sanfrancisco

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In late june through july Ruben Contreras was the last of 5 children I was closest to who passed away in just one months time. I was with him his entire fight against the vicious DIPG up until 2 days before he went to heaven at just 7 years old. The first time I met him, he was talking, walking and even did a few barrel rolls. The last time I ever saw him was at UC Davis hospital in Sacramento California and he couldn't open his eyes, move, or eat. I put my fingers in his hand and told him Spider-Man was there and to my surprise, he squeezed them. Maybe that was his way of saying "See you later" and or "Thank You". Ruben changed so many lives with his fight and it still shows to this day. His elementary school constructed a bench in his honor that features a picture of him and YUP, you guessed it, Spider-Man! At the end of this video I inserted an audio clip that Ruben sent me exactly a year ago. Its hard to hear but he says "You're my hero...SpiderMan". I found it today and cried. No Ruben, YOU'RE MY HERO and I love and miss you so much little buddy. Today Ruben would have turned 8 but because of DIPG (a terminal brain tumor with 0% survival rate and pediatric cancer funding only being 4%) he passed away 7/25/17. Please PLEASE go to www.defeatDIPG.org (@defeatdipg ) to help these kids fight and one day survive!! Happy Birthday Ruben. You and Spider-Man are still best buds. I promise and I'll see you when I get there. God bless world. 🙏🏼 @jj21986 #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #RIPRuben #MissYou #Love #Light #Prayers #HappyBirthdayRuben #DIPG #dipgawareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #pediatriccancerawareness #MoreThan4 #InspireOthers #Blessings #InHeaven #Angel #MyBuddy #FriendsForever

I found this in my phone last night and it brought me to tears. This is the first time I ever met Ruben Contreras over a year ago in Woodland California. Little did I know just how close I'd become with him and his family. He was one month into his almost 12 month fight with DIPG (a terminal brain tumor with a 0% survival rate). This is me walking into the lives of a family who just found out and are scared, confused, puzzled, hurt but also hopeful. He just finished his first round of radiation and his parents already saw a change in him. His father (in the background) could hardly hold back his tears as I tried to give little Ruben a spark of inspiration. A fighting spirit. His smile and excitement in this video weakens my heart because after visiting him over a dozen times in 11 months, comforting him, sending his whole family of 5 to Disneyland, and more, he passed away 7/25/17 at just 7 years old. It digs a little deeper because TODAY would have been Rubens 8th birthday. I should be suiting up for you today. You should be blowing out candles, opening presents, and playing with friends. But you're not and your family has to shoulder that reality not just today, but EVERY DAY. please pray for rubens family and visit @defeatdipg (www.defeatDIPG.org) for more info on how we CAN stop this vicious disease before its YOUR child. God bless. Happy Birthday Ruben. miss you so much buddy 🙏🏼 #HappyBirthdayRuben #Forever7 #InHeaven #dipgawareness #DIPG #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #WeMissYou #WeLoveYou #YourSmileWasEverything #prayers #Woodland #Ca #love #God #InspireOthers #StayHumble #GoneTooSoon #DefeatDIPG @jj21986

"Forever seven...."
Ruben, today is your 8th birthday and we wish you were here to celebrate. Your family, your friends, all those you have touched and inspired, and especially your good buddy Spidey and his web crew, we all miss you so much. But if we know you, Ruben, you are celebrating up there in heaven like only superheroes know how to. You are smiling, you are coloring, you are eating all your favorite things, you are dancing, playing legos, and best of all, you are no longer in pain. We know you are with us every step of our journey, every single day, and we want you to know that brings so much joy, light, and love to our hearts. Ruben, Happy Heavenly 8th Birthday!! May you always stay with us, may you celebrate today in true hero fashion, and may all your wishes come true!
#HeartofaHero #heartofaheroinc #heroes #superheroes #Spidey #Spiderman #foreverseven #Rubenstrong #TeamRuben #happybirthday #HappyHeavenly8thBirthdayRuben #celebrate #joy #love #light #mayallyourwishescometrue #play #laugh #dance #heavenlyhero #wemissyou #livetoinspire

While I've been in Seattle visiting hospitals the last few days, Rubens family has been enduring the difficult task of saying goodbye to their son via funeral services. Friday was the wake and today was the burial of my little friend. I was heartbroken by not being able to be there. My emotions have been fluctuating from high to super low ever since Ruben passed while ive been meeting new children fighting. I plan on being at Rubens balloon release tomorrow (as myself) to hopefully gain some closure. I need to cry. I need to let all of this pain go. After Rubens balloon release I have left 7 days open without having to be Spider-Man. This is where I'll rest. Its where I'll heal after a month of straight hell. I've said goodbye to 5 kids I loved with all my heart in just one month and my heart deserves a chance to bounce back. For now please send prayers up to Rubens family as the last week has been the most difficult of their entire lives. I love you Contreras family and I'll see you soon. Goodnight and god bless #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #Spiderman #HeartOfaHero #RIP #RestInPeace #GoneTooSoon #PediatricCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #love #Hope #faith #Strength #Prayers #DearLord #SendAngels

@Regrann from @rickymena - This is sweet little Ruben Contreras as of right now. Ive posted about Ruben MANY times as I've been there for majority of his journey and fight with DIPG (a terminal brain tumor). He's only 7 years old and is currently at a hospital in Sacramento. Ive made more than a dozen visits to ruben, sent his family of 5 to Disneyland and have bought every toy in the book for him and his siblings. I've been summoned to be at his side one more time again as Spider-Man tomorrow. Tomorrow isn't about the toys. Its not about money anymore either. Its simply his old pal spiderman being there and it comforting him that much more. When I first began visiting Ruben almost a year ago, he was running around doing barrel rolls, playing and jumping. Every time I visited him, DIPG took something small away from him. Watching this happen over time is extremely difficult to see and NOT just for me but more for his mom @jj21986 , dad, brother, sister, and family. Please send massive amounts of prayers up for my little buddy. Say a prayer and list what part of the world you're in so we know this prayer is worldwide for ruben!! See you tomorrow my friend... #HeartOfaHero #RubenStrong #RubenContreras #DIPG #DIPGawareness #Love #MiracleNeeded #Prayers #Blessings #WorldwidePrayers #God #Light #Faith #Hope #MoreThan4 #Inspire #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness - #regrann

This is sweet little Ruben Contreras as of right now. Ive posted about Ruben MANY times as I've been there for majority of his journey and fight with DIPG (a terminal brain tumor). He's only 7 years old and is currently at a hospital in Sacramento. Ive made more than a dozen visits to ruben, sent his family of 5 to Disneyland and have bought every toy in the book for him and his siblings. I've been summoned to be at his side one more time again as Spider-Man tomorrow. Tomorrow isn't about the toys. Its not about money anymore either. Its simply his old pal spiderman being there and it comforting him that much more. When I first began visiting Ruben almost a year ago, he was running around doing barrel rolls, playing and jumping. Every time I visited him, DIPG took something small away from him. Watching this happen over time is extremely difficult to see and NOT just for me but more for his mom @jj21986 , dad, brother, sister, and family. Please send massive amounts of prayers up for my little buddy. Say a prayer and list what part of the world you're in so we know this prayer is worldwide for ruben!! See you tomorrow my friend... #HeartOfaHero #RubenStrong #RubenContreras #DIPG #DIPGawareness #Love #MiracleNeeded #Prayers #Blessings #WorldwidePrayers #God #Light #Faith #Hope #MoreThan4 #Inspire #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness

#Repost @rickymena (@get_repost)
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I go to war. I am a warrior on a battlefield that shows no mercy. Standing against faceless demons using weapons no armor can shield me from. The piercing of my soul is inevitable. I fight with my heart. ALL OF IT. I have given in to my instincts to protect the innocent leaving myself vulnerable in order to LOVE in its entirety. Placing myself between the evil and the children, I embrace all of the pain if it means their peace. So its war for me until its peace for me. God Grant Us Strength. #HeartofaHero #Spiderman #FightLikeAKid #RubenStrong #DIPG #love #War #SpiritualWarfare #Battle #TakeMeInstead

Everyone please lift prayers up for little Ruben. He is such an amazing kid with one of the strongest families I've ever met. This is an extremely tough time so please pray for strength and peace and a miracle over this family!❤️#Repost @rickymena
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This is Ruben. He's one of my best little friends in the whole wide world. He fights DIPG (a terminal brain tumor). Ive made countless visits to him at his home in Woodland California and have gotten super close to him and his family. I've tried everything possible in my power to put a smile on his face. There isn't a toy I haven't brought him. I remade his room over to be more Spider-Man themed. I sent him and his family of 5 to a fully paid trip to Disneyland so he could meet Mickey for the first time. I've spent so much time at his side, he views me as his best friend (and that I AM!). But today was difficult to swallow. His mother informed me early this morning that Ruben doesn't qualify for the possible life saving treatment in mexico they were banking on due to the fact that his tumor has grown out of control. Doctors across the board have instructed his mother and father to just enjoy the time they have with him. My heart shattered listening to his mother tell me all of this in tears over the phone. I shed tears as I told his mother that I'd switch places with him if god let me 😞 I'm praying for a miracle and I need all of you to do the same 🙏 God please grant Ruben this chance to live. Amen. Goodnight and God Bless world. (Follow Rubens story by searching "Prayers for Ruben" on FB). #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #DIPG #DIPGawareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #Life #Love #friends #Miracles #Lord #GodHelpUs #family #Woodland #Ca #prayersforrubencontreras #Prayers #PrayForAMiracle

This is Ruben. He's one of my best little friends in the whole wide world. He fights DIPG (a terminal brain tumor). Ive made countless visits to him at his home in Woodland California and have gotten super close to him and his family. I've tried everything possible in my power to put a smile on his face. There isn't a toy I haven't brought him. I remade his room over to be more Spider-Man themed. I sent him and his family of 5 to a fully paid trip to Disneyland so he could meet Mickey for the first time. I've spent so much time at his side, he views me as his best friend (and that I AM!). But today was difficult to swallow. His mother informed me early this morning that Ruben doesn't qualify for the possible life saving treatment in mexico they were banking on due to the fact that his tumor has grown out of control. Doctors across the board have instructed his mother and father to just enjoy the time they have with him. My heart shattered listening to his mother tell me all of this in tears over the phone. I shed tears as I told his mother that I'd switch places with him if god let me 😞 I'm praying for a miracle and I need all of you to do the same 🙏 God please grant Ruben this chance to live. Amen. Goodnight and God Bless world. (Follow Rubens story by searching "Prayers for Ruben" on FB). #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #DIPG #DIPGawareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #Life #Love #friends #Miracles #Lord #GodHelpUs #family #Woodland #Ca #prayersforrubencontreras #Prayers #PrayForAMiracle

Love. Its one of those things that just won't work if you only give 99% of it. It has to be 💯 or it just isn't real. Both feet in, diving in head first and accepting the fact that it may hurt you in the long run but even then, its worth feeling it (especially giving it). I run towards children who need 100% love because I am positive I can give it. No matter how shattered I KNOW my heart will become over and over again on this journey, it doesn't make me love any children I meet any less. I stand before families with open arms and palms facing up with nothing in my hands but my heart. I've seen miracles happen that doctors can't explain. I've seen turnarounds that would shock the world and definitely leave the medical universe baffled. So for kids like Ruben, I shine a light where its needed most because with God, ANYTHING is possible. With believing, all can be achieved. I love this little guy with all my heart and soul. So much that I cannot describe it here on Instagram or Facebook. Its love. All 100% of it. Please follow Rubens journey on FB by searching: PRAYERS FOR RUBEN CONTRERAS. Thank you and God bless! #heartofahero #Spiderman #Hugs #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #Love #OneHundredPercent #AllIn #NoMatterWhat #Beauty #resilience #ForTheKids #ForTheFuture #DIPG #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #DIPGawareness #TogetherWeCan #WoodlandCa

Please send prayer up for little ruben🙏🏽❤️#Repost @rickymena
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I have one of the hardest callings in the world. Today I was reminded of that. I made a visit to Ruben out in Woodland California. I've visited Ruben MANY times since our first encounter. He's battling DIPG (a terminal form of brain cancer). Although I was upbeat for everyone there (especially Ruben), my heart weighed heavy. Its still heavy now as I write this from my own home. Watching Ruben through this journey and being there to hold his hand and help him in every way i possibly can has and will continue to be an honor but what's hard is how many things cancer has stripped him of since I last saw him. He can barely talk. He can't walk. He barely has energy to sit up on his own for long. Him smiling is even hard for him. He's also very angry with everyone now and when I kneeled down to ask him why, he just turned his head. I asked "Are you upset because you can't play like you used to? You can tell me". It broke my heart when he looked at me and shook his head yes. He's smart and is very aware of what's happening to him. I love him with all my heart and need ALL of you to pray for a miracle! I believe in Rubens ability to beat this with our prayers, his strength, his families love and Gods grace. AMEN! I love you Ruben and family!! Together we fight!! #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenStrong #RubenContreras #DIPG #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #Love #Smiles #Hope #Faith #GodsSoldier #God #Prayers #Blessings #miracle #woodland #Ca #FightLikeRuBen

@Regrann from @rickymena - I have one of the hardest callings in the world. Today I was reminded of that. I made a visit to Ruben out in Woodland California. I've visited Ruben MANY times since our first encounter. He's battling DIPG (a terminal form of brain cancer). Although I was upbeat for everyone there (especially Ruben), my heart weighed heavy. Its still heavy now as I write this from my own home. Watching Ruben through this journey and being there to hold his hand and help him in every way i possibly can has and will continue to be an honor but what's hard is how many things cancer has stripped him of since I last saw him. He can barely talk. He can't walk. He barely has energy to sit up on his own for long. Him smiling is even hard for him. He's also very angry with everyone now and when I kneeled down to ask him why, he just turned his head. I asked "Are you upset because you can't play like you used to? You can tell me". It broke my heart when he looked at me and shook his head yes. He's smart and is very aware of what's happening to him. I love him with all my heart and need ALL of you to pray for a miracle! I believe in Rubens ability to beat this with our prayers, his strength, his families love and Gods grace. AMEN! I love you Ruben and family!! Together we fight!! #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenStrong #RubenContreras #DIPG #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #Love #Smiles #Hope #Faith #GodsSoldier #God #Prayers #Blessings #miracle #woodland #Ca #FightLikeRuBen - #regrann

Today we made our way out to UCSF San Francisco to meet up with our buddy Ruben. He's been in San Francisco receiving radiation treatment to combat the cancerous/terminal DIPG tumor he's fighting. He has two more sessions left and I could sense he's ready to be all done. I walked in today just as he rolled off the radiation table and he screamed "Spiderman!!" I picked him up and held him in my arms as he smiled as best he could. His happiness radiated through the entire room as every single person in his family smiled ear to ear. His big sister ruby was even laughing like I've never heard before. Rubens make a wish a long time ago was to have his room made over as Batman. After we've met over 6 times now, today he was excited to tell me he wants his room redone as Spider-Man!! So I told him we would do it for him and I absolutely can't wait! What Ruben and his family are going through is NOT easy. There have been lots of changes in Ruben since he and i first met. He can't stand on his own and has a hard time smiling let alone talking but Ruben is a FIGHTER and I need all of you to pray for him! It hurts my whole heart to see him go through this because I love him so much. Lord, we need a miracle!! Dear world, pray with me for Ruben! Amen, God bless and Goodnight. #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #DIPG #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #MoreThan4 #prayers #Blessings #miracles #PleaseLord #Amen #FightLikeAKid #Love #Smiles #Friends #UCSF #sanfrancisco

Little Ruben, you have my heart💕 #prayersforruben #Repost @rickymena ・・・
Today I made a visit to my good little buddy Ruben in Woodland California. He's 7 years old and is battling DIPG (A terminal form of pediatric Brain Cancer). If you recall, I sent him and his entire family of 5 to Disneyland and today was the first time I've seen him since he's been back so of course I wanted to hear all about it. Needless to say Ruben and his family had a blast! It was awesome watching their eyes light up just talking about it. Ruben wanted to show me his room which brings me to this picture. I got Into his brothers bed, pulled the covers over myself and made fart noises while saying "I'm farting in your brothers bed!" And he just cracked up! I absolutely LOVE his smile and sound of his laughter. Its genuine! I missed him and it was great to see him today. His family is selling T-Shirts to help them pay for medical bills as well as pay for things ruben wants to experience in life. If you'd like to buy one of his support shirts please message his mother @jj21986 directly about it! More pictures coming soon from today's visit with Ruben!! God Bless #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #Ruben #RubenStrong #DIPGawareness #DIPG #DefeatDIPG #Love #Smiles #Memories #friends #WoodlandCa #Woodland #Ca #TheWoo #YoloCounty #PediatricCancer #PediatricCancerAwareness

What's it all for? Its for YOU. In setting my own dreams aside to make yours come true, ive realized THIS was my dream. My being happy and sustaining happiness was buried under the heavy hearts of children and their families. If I am not shattered into a million pieces for you, I am not whole. Your joy is my joy. Your smile is mine and your pain is one we share. Its OUR pain. The greatest gift I can ever give you is my time. God is who sent me here and love is what keeps me coming back. In a world That's fixated on material items, we are proof that Love is the new Gold. Good morning and God Bless world #HeartOfAHero #Spiderman #YourDreams #love #smiles #InspireOthers #motivate #clarity #enlightenedmind #beautifuview #dreams #RubensWish #RubenStrong #Drive #Heart #why #God #Blessings #Blessed #MyVision

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