Dylan continues to change the world

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St. Petersburg, Florida - When we first met Dylan Crane in February of 2005, he was an optimistic young filmmaker, a boy full of hope, creativity, and imagination -- a boy who captured our hearts as he explained childhood cancer, all the while experiencing it, himself.

Carole Crane, Dylan's Mom:
"And it's just this world that no one sees, and I think a lot of people don't want to see it, because it's just too hard. But Dylan wanted the world to see it, he wanted the world to understand that this is what they go through."

Dylan captured every moment of his treatment on tape, from his diagnosis, to his surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. Even Dylan's last days in ICU were documented with photos at his request. Dylan's focus was always his documentary.

Carole Crane:
"I think it made it easier for him. But no, he was always brave, he was always brave."

In the year since Dylan's passing, Dylan's parents, Simon and Carole, focused themselves on completing the documentary that Dylan couldn't finish for himself.

Simon Crane, Dylan's Dad:
"It was something that Dylan talked about all throughout his treatment."

It meant that Simon had to learn Dylan's computer editing system.

Carole:
"He'd sit at that computer for eight hours a day."
Simon:
"And I really enjoyed it. It was something that brought me back closer to Dylan again, to see the footage and relive all the moments we shared together, which was difficult, too."

Dylan's documentary explains his fight with cancer, his treatment, and the support he got from friends, family and school. But most of all, it explains what it's like to be a kid with cancer.

It's a powerful, moving film conceived in the mind of a teenager, finished by a family who wants the world to know their son and brother was one of a kind.

Simon:
"And to see the finished product and to know that's what Dylan wanted, it brought me a lot of happiness to be able to do that for him."
Carole:
"And by having people thinking about Dylan, we're keeping his legacy alive. And I think that's been our focus this year, which is keeping people thinking about Dylan. We're just not ready to close the book."

Dylan Crane wanted to change the world, and in a roundabout way, a way no one predicted, Dylan is changing the world for the better.

To watch Dylan's documentary in full and to learn more about Dylan Crane, you can go to www.dylancrane.com

You can also watch and read our original story on Dylan by clicking here.

Dylan has a butterfly garden in his honor at Perkins School for the Arts in St. Petersburg and has a memorial in the lobby of the theater at John Hopkins Middle School, also in St. Petersburg.

Bill McGinty, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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