7-year-old with cancer eats ice cream with Kevin Bacon

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DENVER -- Seven-year-old Ethan Gehman’s plate is pretty full. He’s busy with regular kid stuff, cleaning his room, doing homework and bugging his older sister Summer.

He’s also fighting the fight of his life. Ethan has cancer, Burkitts Lymphoma to be exact.  The rare form of cancer came on very quickly.

The news left his mom, Amanda Gehman, “Terrified.  I couldn’t believe it was happening to my kid.”

Ethan’s cancer was diagnosed as Stage 3. He immediately started chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital.

When he could, Ethan would watch his favorite local TV celebrity, Chris Parente of Channel 2 News in Denver.

Ethan also likes to make the scene with bigger fish, too, like challenging actor Kevin Bacon to an ice cream eating contest.  Actually, Bacon challenged Ethan.

“People from Give Kids the World Foundation contacted us before going out to their facility and said that Kevin Bacon had been in contact with them and wanted to know if Ethan would be interested in doing an ice cream challenge,” Gehman said.

Truth be told, Ethan never heard of Bacon before the challenge, but that doesn’t matter because he loves ice cream.

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