By Katy Gill
Two teenagers who quit their studies and jobs to fulfill their dying friend’s bucket list built such a large online community that they have located a bone marrow donor, resulting in them saving their childhood friend’s life.
When Dillon Hill and Clay Stevens were told their best friend, Chris Betancourt, was diagnosed with leukemia and was only predicted one year left to live, they both quit college and their jobs so they could fulfill their buddy’s bucket list.
In the process, Dillon, 19, and Clay, 20 – both from Carmichael, California – built an online community of supporters named ‘One List, One Life.’
The pair also produced a documentary of their journey from Chris’s diagnosis, to accomplishing bucket list wishes, right through breaking the world record for the largest amount of bone marrow donor sign-ups in a single day.
It concludes with the life changing news that Chris’s should now be able to overcome the deadly disease.
Dillon said: “When I found out Chris could potentially die within a year, I had to make sure we spent that time doing something that fulfilled his life.
“I asked him to make a bucket list and I vowed to do whatever I possibly could to help him experience things.
“I also wanted to document everything to show people the journey we were on and raise awareness for the urgent need to donate bone marrow”
Dillon and Clay built the group after realizing how impactful the bucket list was to Chris – with it transforming his thought process and motivating the sufferer to stay positive for the duration of his treatment.
After One List, One Life became such a large success in locating Chris a life-saving donor, both Dillon and Clay committed themselves to helping another bone cancer patient in accomplishing her bucket list.
Dillon said: “Both Clay and I wanted to build something that brought that to other cancer patients by documenting, financing, and making their bucket lists a reality.
“One List, One Life is an online community of people that came together to build Chris’ legacy, and it helps make bucket lists possible for cancer patients.
“After receiving the positive news for Chris, we are now making a new cancer sufferer’s wishes come true.
“A young lady named Lexi was given a small chance to live after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma – we’re doing everything we can to make her bucket list a reality.”
You can keep up to date with One List, One Life by following them on Youtube – www.youtube.com/onelistonelife