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The courage of a young LEGO fan

akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038
A young LEGO fan just passed away. His journey had touched the lives of thousands.

We tend to think of LEGO as just a toy or a hobby... something to do... something to collect... But for some it is a lifeline to a kinder world. With their bright colors and logical structure LEGO makes more sense then the reality they have to face every day and the fightening future ahead of them.

It is actually quite amazing how many children (and likely adults too - although we don't hear of them as much) use LEGO as a creative medium all the way to the end.

You can read Mitchell's story here, written by a LEGO fan who was deeply touched by his journey:

I definitely appreciate just the simple ability to snap my LEGO bricks together more since learning about Mitch...


  • hewmanhewman Member Posts: 92
    Thanks for sharing.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited March 2013
    This is the saddest thing I ever read, but happy to know that Lego brought some joy to this brave little boy's life.

    Originally on :

    And the whole story here:
  • JosephJoseph Member Posts: 651
    edited March 2013
    Interestingly enough, the author of that blog is a member of this forum: :-)
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,418
    edited March 2013
    Already posted here:

    Incredibly sad story. I'm glad that LEGO was there to inspire and be a companion to him, even in his last hours.

    I believe many of us, including myself, often take the simple plastic brick for granted.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    Doh sorry, searched but missed it, merge please
  • JosephJoseph Member Posts: 651
    edited March 2013
    ^^ Ninja'd :o).
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,418
    @Joseph- Sorry that I don't stalk the forums as much as you do ;-P
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038
    Yeah, I have been thinking of Mitchell ever since I first heard about him a couple of weeks ago. At that time he was still alive and still fighting and still building with LEGO. I certainly appreciate just the simple act of snapping bricks together more - some people fight just to do that... I will always remember that Mitchell thought me that...
  • jasorjasor United StatesMember Posts: 839
    People talk, and quibble about this toy and its offerings, reselling, amassing, etc...every time I see a child building Lego, like REALLY BUILDING, it reminds me of why I love it so darn much.
  • twoninerkentwoninerken Member Posts: 48
    edited March 2013
    Mitchell and his family are from the same city I live in. I have followed his story closely through a mutual friend and his fathers blog. Mitchell was a fighter and left his mark in this world. I am glad that Lego helped bring some joy to his life.
  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    edited March 2013
    This is exactly why I love doing charity auctions for kids... I just wish that I could do more of them... Kids are what it's all about...
  • VDubsVDubs Member Posts: 23
    i know the healing power of lego and its saved me so many times.

    RIP Mitchell
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