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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

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

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!
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My little Ruben, we wrote your name in the sky with balloons today. A gesture of our undying love for you and how much we'll truly miss you. As they floated away and the music played I was overwhelmed with emotions. My mind was filled with flashbacks of the good times we had. I remembered all the times you smiled for me even when you were in so much pain and discomfort. You had such an impact on me and I truly hope I can make you proud til I see you again. As your family, best friends and community came together today to let go of balloons in your honor, we also hope you know its ok to let go and go to heaven. Go with God Ruben. Be a kid again and share that amazing smile with heaven like you did us. We'll see you again so, this is not goodbye. Love you buddy. #HeartOfaHero #Spiderman #RubenContreras #RubenStrong #dipgawareness #DIPG #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #MoreThan4 #Woodland #Ca #California #love #Fairwell #Balloons #LetGo #LetGod #Prayers #MissingYou #MyBuddy

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

A persons most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen, and a hand willing to help others. This is Ruby, she is the older sister of my little hero Ruben who is currently fighting DIPG (terminal form of brain cancer) . She may be wheelchair bound and non verbal but her smile and laughter can light up a room like nothing else. This is the strongest family I've ever known and I love them so much. Please send prayers up for the entire Contreras family❤️

Spidey spotted at "the happiest place on Earth"! Yes, you read that right, Spider-Man and a few friends @xander_pappas, @myintent @sahara_ray, and @jeremyolenski made a special stop at Disneyland to surprise our little hero buddy Ruben and his family during their impromptu, yet magical trip to the house of mouse, after hearing the news of Ruben's DIPG tumor progressing. Ruben was so happy to see his web hero BFF during his visit to Disney, which made his trip that much more special. Pictured below is Spider-Man gifting a MyIntent bracelet to Ruben with the word "light" hand picked by Spidey himself as a reminder to continue to shine and share his light with others, as well as Spidey's promise to shine and share his light too! Please continue to keep Ruben and his family in your prayers! Because no child and their family should ever fight alone! @rickymena @jj21986 #heartofaheroinc #heroes #Spidey #Spiderman #MyIntent #thislittlelightofmine #shineandshareyourlight #Disneyland #happiestplaceonearth #teamRuben #RubenStrong #prayersforRuben #DIPG #nokidfightsalone #morethan4 #pediatriccancerawareness #livetoinspire

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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

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

We love you Ruben😍 we're praying so hard for you buddy❤❤❤@Regrann from @rickymena - 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 - #regrann

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

We believe in miracles. We believe in the power of prayer. We believe in the power of positivity and children never having to fight alone.
Heroes we along with Ruben and his family need your love, support, and prayers right now more than ever. Ruben's family just received word this morning that Ruben will not be accepted for the treatment in Mexico they were working so hard for to get, due to his cancer progressing and tumor spreading. And with that, to do and see all they can and to enjoy their time with him. Ruben is only 7 and battles the evil villain DIPG. They say DIPG is rare, but it's not really. It is not because more and more children are being diagnosed with this vicious villain. Our hearts and those of Ruben's family and friends are breaking just hearing this news. It makes us realize that life sometimes is cruel and unfair and that is why every day, every visit, every child matters in the fight against pediatric cancer; and these kids deserve more than 4, they deserve a cure. They deserve to just be kids and live a full happy life. We are very kindly asking all of you to please, please pray for Ruben and his family. Pray for comfort, for peace, and for the strength to keep fighting this evil monster DIPG. To show your support and follow more of Ruben's journey, please go to
https://www.facebook.com/Prayers-for-Ruben-Contreras-DIPG-Awareness-1561734114133160/
To help Ruben and his family by making a donation please see https://www.youcaring.com/ruben-contreras-639601
Thank you all in advance for your love, support, and prayers. Ruben, stay strong, stay brave and keep up the fight little buddy. Spidey and his crew love you and your family and we are always here for you.
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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

Operation superhero room remodel and webs full of fun were in full effect today, as Spidey made his way to Woodland, CA to visit his superhero buddy Ruben and his family! Ruben battles the evil villain DIPG (a terminal form of brain cancer), with such strength and bravery, and lately it has been harder for Ruben to sit up, walk, even talk because of this terrible, horrible cancer. Ruben's latest wish was to re-do his room superhero style. Spider-Man and Batman are his and his brother's favorite superheroes. So of course when Spidey heard this, he and his web crew could not wait to gift him a few superhero surprises for his epic, hero style room! Spider-Man gifted him with a few superhero blankets and quilts, night lights, glow in the dark wall decals, pillowcases, and more! We also came to bring him lots of smiles, inspiration, friendship and love.
Ruben, we hope your superhero room is everything you dreamed of and more. Always know you are a hero, you are our hero, and we believe in the strength in your fight and miracles too. We love you little buddy...Stay strong!
Thank you to Marcia LeMoine and the Sew What Sisters for helping us make Ruben's wish come true with the awesome blankets and quilts! We loved watching Ruben smile as each one was opened!
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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

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