Boy battling cancer designs playground

Boy battling cancer designs playground
Ethan shows off his Superman outfit. (Source: WOIO)
Ethan shows off his Superman outfit. (Source: WOIO)
Family members say Ethan, who is now cancer free, is just happy to play like a kid again. (Source: WOIO)
Family members say Ethan, who is now cancer free, is just happy to play like a kid again. (Source: WOIO)

ROCKY RIVER, OH (WOIO) - A special playground dedication for a boy battling cancer was unveiled in his own backyard in Rocky River on Friday.

It's not any ordinary playground. Four-year-old Ethan Krish helped design it himself.

His family and friends gathered to celebrate the big gift from A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter.

This playground comes complete with a climbing wall and lemonade stand. It also has a tire swing, playhouse -- even toys like a telescope and megaphone.

It's every child's dream playground.

"I got a lemonade stand and I got a kitchen in there," Ethan said.

His family and friends came out to see the playground's unveiling, but Ethan in his SuperMan outfit was the main attraction.

The 4-year-old is now cancer-free after a year-and-a-half battle, which included several rounds of chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and surgery.

"It's been a long road, but throughout it all, he had a smile on his face the whole time," said mother Nicole Krish.

The new playground wasn't the only reason Ethan was smiling on Friday.

"He loves the playground, and he's just happy that he can actually play like a kid now," said his sister, Angela.

Batman, Captain America and Spider-Man paid him a visit, too. He even got a ride in the Batmobile.

The whole celebration was all thanks to A Special Wish Foundation. The local nonprofit grants wishes to kids and teens suffering from life-threatening diseases.

"That's what it's all about, just to see his face," said Jason Beudert, co-founder of the Cleveland Chapter. "Ethan is a special case, a miraculous boy. He beat cancer, and all he wanted was his own playground set in his backyard, so he and his brother and sisters could play and be kids."

Ethan's playground has become so much more than just a playground. It's a symbol of hope and resilience for a family that wouldn't stop fighting cancer.

"There was no way we were going to let it beat us. I think we're stronger as a family from everything," mom said.

A Special Wish Foundation depends on donations. Learn how you can help support the organization here.

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