“The person I look up to most is my mom. She’s a survivor.” Seven years ago, Fluffy’s mother fought and beat breast cancer. Fluffy thinks about this and her every day.
A pink mouth guard, pink cleats, a pink Mohawk and his mother’s pink bandanna are all worn not with the idea of a joke in mind or to seem like a momentary supporter but to display his lifelong commitment to support the fight against breast cancer.
“When she says, 'Fluffy I like your hair,' it means more to me than when anyone else says it.”
To Fluffy, his pink mohawk is more than just a cool hair style, it’s something that ties him closer to his mother and other women with breast cancer.
Fluffy’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was ten. This forced him to mature faster than some of his friends.
“I never played outside or went home and played video games after school, I knew I wasn’t going home to a normal household I was going home to my mom who was sick and needed help with getting food, getting out of bed, getting dressed and I was always there for her.”
All this work and hardship made him appreciate his mother and perhaps that was what made him both tough and ‘fluffy.’ The empathy he shows is beyond his years.
“My mom is my best friend... I’m a true momma’s boy... If I could I would have [gone through] the disease for her, the seven years of chemotherapy, the pain, all of it."
Jonathan plans on getting a tattoo in recognition of his mom which will be a pink breast cancer ribbon with his mother’s name and a heart in it surrounded by an angel wing on either side, tattooed on the left side of his arm which is the side in which his mother was diagnosed with cancerous cells. “She’s my guardian angel, no matter what she’s always there for me and I want to always be there for her no matter what.”
Elias is a big man with an even bigger heart, which explains why he is so known as “Fluffy”. He ends with mentioning how much he supports the awareness of breast cancer as well as the women affected by it, “I want people to know that there is a man out there who is honored to wear pink in support of breast cancer and who cares about it, I also want to say to them don’t give up, always fight to live another day.” And for those who may not be personally affected by anything like this to remember “to never take life for granted.”
Fluffy's experience with his mother's cancer has only made him stronger, more determined, and more loving, “Every time I get on that field and am doing sprints, I look down at her bandanna and my cleats and say to myself 'I can finish these sprints and push myself because she pushed for seven years, she’s a fighter and I love her for that!”