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A 3-year-old cancer survivor can't leave his house. Now strangers are showing up to cheer him on.


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What happens when a three-year old cancer survivor, whose immune system is compromised, is told he can't leave the house the summer before he's supposed to start pre-school? Well, a bunch of strangers organize to come to him and make it a summer he'll never forget, and it's heart-warming as all get out.


One day shortly after his second birthday Quinn Waters' older sister Maggie noticed he was walking weird and falling over, and told their mother Tara. After a trip to the hospital and an MRI they were given the bad news – Quinn was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a type of large brain tumor.

The stem cell treatment Quinn received left his immune system compromised to such a degree that a simple cold could land him in the hospital and risk his life. That led to isolation in his house, with the only people allowed to make direct contact with him being his immediate family.

That's hard for a little boy who just wants to play outside in the summer sun, "…there would be days when Quinn is literally pounding to get out." Tara Waters said.

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So, they created a Facebook page and the world took note. All of a sudden Quinn found that he opened the window and the world, literally, had come to play with him.

He got all kinds of guests. He saw a carnival, a whole carnival! He got a command performance from local Boston band The Dropkick Murphys.

He was even given a special visit from a whole bunch of his favorite super heroes. And you really have to give it up for the guy dressed as Batman, it looks like it's pretty hot in there.

"He's a feisty, rambunctious 3-year-old — full of energy," said Jarlath Waters, 42, who works as a union carpenter. "He's also a fighter, and we knew he wouldn't let this get him down. But what we didn't expect was such a huge outpouring of support."

And one of the finest displays to date was when the Winslow police and fire departments showed up and put on a show for Quinn. After a great time they drove away to get back on patrol and blasted their sirens. "Be safe!" Quinn yelled after them, which if you think about is incredible since he's still worried about others despite his condition. And it had to have warmed his mom's heart since she works as a police officer.

Even the Europeans got in the act, starting a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for his treatments.

Recently Quinn landed back in the hospital when a blood infection threatened his life, but his indomitable spirit and the help of a local blood drive to help collect for a necessary blood transfusion. Just another way folks are helping the afflicted boy.

Quinn's got a long road ahead of him, but with practically the Earth itself behind him we have high hopes for his recovery. If you'd like to learn more about how you might be able to help Quinn and his family visit some of the links provided in this article for more information.

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Artist uses AI to create ultra realistic portraits of celebrities who left us too soon

What would certain icons look like if nothing had happened to them?

Mercury would be 76 today.

Some icons have truly left this world too early. It’s a tragedy when anyone doesn’t make it to see old age, but when it happens to a well-known public figure, it’s like a bit of their art and legacy dies with them. What might Freddie Mercury have created if he were granted the gift of long life? Bruce Lee? Princess Diana?

Their futures might be mere musings of our imagination, but thanks to a lot of creativity (and a little tech) we can now get a glimpse into what these celebrities might have looked like when they were older.

Alper Yesiltas, an Istanbul-based lawyer and photographer, created a photography series titled “As If Nothing Happened,” which features eerily realistic portraits of long gone celebrities in their golden years. To make the images as real looking as possible, Yesiltas incorporated various photo editing programs such as Adobe Lightroom and VSCO, as well as the AI photo-enhancing software Remini.

“The hardest part of the creative process for me is making the image feel ‘real’ to me,” Yesiltas wrote about his passion project. “The moment I like the most is when I think the image in front of me looks as if it was taken by a photographer.”

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It begins with more inclusive conversations at a patient level

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

melanoma,  melanoma for dark skin Avery Smith (left) and Adamson (sidenote)

This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

This process, known as supervised learning, could lead to huge benefits in preventive care.

After all, early detection is key to better outcomes. The problem is that the data sets don’t include enough information about darker skin tones. As Adamson put it, “everything is viewed through a ‘white lens.’”

“If you don’t teach the algorithm with a diverse set of images, then that algorithm won’t work out in the public that is diverse,” writes Adamson in a study he co-wrote with Smith (according to a story in The Atlantic). “So there’s risk, then, for people with skin of color to fall through the cracks.”

Tragically, Smith’s wife was diagnosed with melanoma too late and paid the ultimate price for it. And she was not an anomaly—though the disease is more common for White patients, Black cancer patients are far more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, causing a notable disparity in survival rates between non-Hispanics whites (90%) and non-Hispanic blacks (66%).

As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

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The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

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This article originally appeared on 02.09.21


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