As a 4-year-old, little Mason Nettleton was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He spent many days in Seattle Children’s Hospital receiving treatment for the tumor in his right kidney.
Mason underwent chemotherapy, and had his kidney removed. He had to go through much more than any little boy should.
To keep his spirits up, Mason would often dress up in costumes during his treatment. His favorites were Captain America and Spider-Man.
Now, three years later, 7-year-old Mason is a cancer survivor. His fight against the disease inspired his family to start the nonprofit organization Footprints of Fight.
They have devoted their lives to supporting the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Mason especially loves making a difference in the lives of others.
“Mason loves socializing with people and he’s always trying to spread the message of giving back to help other kids with cancer,” said mom Briana. The little boy was recently recognized as the superhero he is.
A day was planned to honor the brave little boy, during which Mason would wear his Spider-Man suit all around his home city of Seattle. Many local businesses even participated in the special day.
A purchase from a local bakery of a Spider-Man cupcake would result in a $1 donation to Footprints of Fight. A special “Superhero for the day” treat.
“We are constantly humbled by people doing things that are awesome,” said Briana. The day ended at a theater, where Mason was shown an early screening of the upcoming movie “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
So many people had to come together to make the day possible for the deserving boy. It was such a special way to show him how loved he is and how much his compassion is valued.
Mason and his family will never forget this once in a lifetime day. “That’s the one thing we’ve learned through this whole experience, people are amazing,” said Briana.