“He perseveres through everything. He still keeps moving ahead—he wants to learn and do everything the kids are doing at school,” Cheryl Ivatts, Lippolis' former teacher, said.
Lippolis shows how important family is to him by playing with his younger cousin Maxine daily. Lippolis enjoys music class at school, seeing his friends and hanging out with his family. Some kids dislike the everyday burden of going to school; however, Lippolis views it as a great privilege and opportunity. Education is an important part of Lippolis’ life, and despite missing some years of school due to his illness, he still strives for excellence in his school work. In the future, he hopes to become a nurse or doctor.
Through his entire journey with cancer, Lippolis has not only kept hope but also kept his sense of humor. Ivatts and Allen both describe Lippolis as an funny, energetic, outgoing child. When asked what he would say to say to cancer right now, he thought for a moment, smiled, and said, “I don’t think I’m allowed to say what I think.”
“I’m so glad I can hang out with my friends again now that I am back in school,” Lippolis said.
The family is extremely appreciative for all of the support Lippolis has received from the community and schools. Over the years, various sports teams including Bruins and Red Sox players have visited Lippolis. Those interested in donating to Lippolis can visit his GoFundMe at: https://www.gofundme.com/Lippolis-s-fight-kicking-Cancer-s-butt-one-day-at-a-time
For anyone else who is going through something like Lippolis and in need of his extraordinary strength, he has one message: “Stay strong and never give up.”