A California teen who has been dealing with an aggressive form of cancer for the last two years was recently given only two weeks to live, inspiring strangers to step forward and make his bucket list come true.
Alex Matlosz-Cox was diagnosed with bone cancer at 15 years old. According to KPIX-TV, the cancer spread to his lungs, making the 17-year-old's condition even more critical.
“I’m not so much afraid of it, because I understand that death is a part of life,” he told the news station.
It's harder, he said, to think of "leaving everyone else behind.”
“I know I’ll be fine because this is what’s going to happen to me, I am going to pass on,” Matlosz-Cox told KPIX. “But the main problem is I don’t know what’s going to happen after I’m gone here…with mom…"
Even though he might only have a short time left on Earth, Matlosz-Cox is living life to its fullest thanks to the help of strangers.
Here's a look at what he has done — and what he has left to do — on the list posted to his Give Forward fundraising site:
1. Having insurance and gas so he can drive a car (DONE!!!)
2. Sailing on the San Francisco Bay (DONE!!!)
3. Spear fishing (DONE!!!)
3. Paint ball (DONE!!!)
4. Martial Arts Training, using weapons such as a staff, nunchaku, etc (DONE!!)
5. Parkour training
6. Skydiving/ Base jumping (SADLY NO LONGER POSSIBLE DUE TO HEALTH)
7. Fly a plane (DONE!!!)
8. Drive a Lamborghini or Ferrari (DONE!!!)
9. Fencing (DONE!!!)
10. See the northern lights
11. Get a tattoo (DONE!!!)
12. Meet George R.R. Martin-Author Game of Thrones
As of the time of this posting, people have donated more than $16,000 toward Matlosz-Cox's dreams.
Matlosz-Cox turns 18 this Saturday and it's a day KPIX reported that he's determined to see.
Watch KPIX-TV's report: