Meet Shyne Aquino. He loves cars, trains, and all things that move! Vernon Aquino, a single father, has created a stable and loving home for his son, Shyne, who was diagnosed with brain stem cancer at 9 months old. He was not expected to learn, talk, walk, or even survive infancy. He is now 12 years old and has been thriving in regular classrooms at Iliahi Elementary and Wahiawa Middle School. Vernon says, “he is a miracle”.

Vernon and Shyne are best friends. Shyne gives Vernon focus and motivation, and Vernon keeps Shyne safe, healthy and loved. They enjoy watching movies and TV together at home. Some of Shyne’s favorite movies are Cars and The Polar Express. He also likes watching SpongeBob and cooking shows on TV. Shyne loves playing with train sets and battery-powered cars he can ride around in.

In May, Shyne was hospitalized and unable to attend school, which prevented Vernon from working. Shyne is now back home with his dad, who is his full-time caregiver.

Mahalo to everyone who did something little to make a big difference in the lives of Shyne and Vernon Aquino!

Following our request for donations, we received an overwhelming response from the community with over 2,500 reactions, comments and shares on Facebook. Donations came flooding in from all across the state, including former teachers, doctors and neighbors who were touched by Shyne and his strength. Shyne and Vernon are so moved by the kindness and generosity of friends and strangers alike, they would like to extend a heartfelt thanks.