Preschooler wrote own obituary before dying of rare cancer

Garrett Matthias from Iowa in the US was diagnosed with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in September

What I really didn't want was for his obituary to be ordinary and to have a really sad funeral. And he wanted a funeral like the one he saw in the superhero movie "Thor", when the hero's mother is laid to rest in a boat that sails over a waterfall, and is lit on fire by a flaming arrow.

These lines mark the beginning of Garrett Michael Matthias' obituary, words that he spoke to his parents before losing his battle to a rare form of pediatric cancer. An idea was born, and together the family started planning Garrett's send-off when his cancer was declared terminal in June. And then they compiled it all in the since-gone viral obituary just as Garrett wanted it: with a sense of humor.

When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!

"Burned or buried", his parents asked.

But Garrett didn't just want to be a gorilla.

A five-year-old Iowa boy's quirky spirit was captured perfectly in the heartbreaking obituary he helped write before his untimely death earlier this month.

While undergoing treatment for his cancer, Garrett would prank medics - from using whoopy cushions to "hazing" interns.

At the start of the obituary, Garrett declares his name is "Garrett Michael Boofias" - a surname that he made up because his real name, Matthias, was too hard for him to pronounce, CNN reports. He said his favorite colors were "blue and red and black and green" and his favorite superheroes were "Batman and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg". He loved thrash metal and playing with his sister and with Legos.

For "things I hate", he noted: "Pants!, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts..."

Garrett, of Van Meter, was first diagnosed with alveolar fusion negative rhabdomyosarcoma in September. He had a tumor in the temporal bone in his head, she said, and in his inner ear.

"We are so grateful to the many doctors, nurses, child life specialists, musicians, art therapists, and volunteers that worked tirelessly to cure Garrett of his cancer", they wrote.

Ms Matthias said while they never explained to the little boy that he was dying, they had many conversations around what he would want if he did.

He also explains where he wants to go after he dies. "When I read it, I was thinking 'Wow, sounds like Garrett just yapping at me, '" Ryan said. "Can I bring these home?" He was a special kid and his obituary was a reflection of that.

They say it is an "ugly, nasty beast" that leaves a "path of destruction". For Garrett and many others before him - cancer kills.

According to the paper, Garrett's parents, Emilie and Ryan, began writing down comments the boy would make during his treatment as he never lost his humour. Instead, he asked for five bounce houses (one for each year of his life), Batman and snow cones.

The obituary concluded with some parting words from The Great Garrett Underpants: "See ya later, suckas!" "The Great Garrett Underpants", composed his own obituary that's as poignant as it is amusing.

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