The things that happen: Two boys and cancer
Story by Julia O'Malley | Photos by Marc Lester
Writer Julia O'Malley and photographer Marc Lester spent a year following teenage best friends Steve Vue and Mitchell Xayapraseuth after both were diagnosed with rare childhood cancers. This is the story of their treatment and how they and their families dealt with and explained what happened to them.
Chapter one: A bad feeling - In late 2011, Steve Vue, a junior at Service High School, is diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer. A few weeks later, his best friend, Mitchell Xayapraseuth, says he is having strange, troubling symptoms.
Video: Part 1 - One teenager getting cancer is rare. Two best friends getting diagnosed at the same time seems impossible. That's what happened to Steve Vue and Mitchell Xayapraseuth. They boys talk about the experience of going through treatment together and returning to normal teenage life.
Video: Part 2 - After extensive, successful cancer treatment, Steve and Mitchell's families urged the boys to be part of spiritual rituals to show gratitude for their good luck. The boys learn what's expected according to Hmong and Lao traditions.