Dying 11-year-old boy makes wish to be on ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’

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An 11-year-old boy who is terminally ill is stealing the hearts of many as he tries to check off wishes from his bucket list, while he still has time.

Eric Piburn’s life dream is to appear on the Ellen Degeneres show, so he can help spread kindness.

“Don’t be bullies to everyone. Don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge a person by their face, I can tell you that,” said Eric Piburn.

Eric may be small for his age but his personality is larger than life.

“I’m going to give them my good side for once. Show them your good side,” said Piburn while laughing.

The young guy was born with heart and lung defects and he also has an immune deficiency. 

Doctors said he would never make it, but he’s proving everyone wrong for now and making good use of his time.

“I’m trying to make their days brighter by becoming nicer. And that way I can be on the Ellen show and tell everyone on TV I am trying to make the world a better place by being nice,” said Piburn.

His acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed. Eric hands out gift cards at the grocery store and brings first responders lunch and flowers. He does all of his kindness days with his best friend “Mac” from the movie Cars.

“California here we come,” said Piburn.

Reporter question: “ Is that what you want to tell Ellen?”

“Yeah, said Piburn.”

Hopefully Ellen can make the sick little boy’s dream come true.

“I really want to dance with you, I really want to meet you and I have a wish list that I really want to do with you.”

Eric says he wants to meet a real life Mac truck and a real Lightning McQueen. While he waits for that wish, he has several more kindness days planned including some school visits with Captain America.

You can follow Eric’s journey on the Eric’s Race to Ellen Facebook page and the Eric’s Pit Crew Facebook page.

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