YouTuber launches series chronicling his cancer-ridden best friend’s bucket list


When Dillon Hill learned that his best friend Chris Betancourt had been diagnosed with cancer for the second time, he decided to make sure Betancourt experienced as much joy as he could with what precious time he has left.

Hill decided to hold off on college and came up with a bucket list with his friend: 48 activities that include eating the world’s hottest pepper, lifting weights with the Rock, and finding love. The two will be documenting their journey on YouTube, and Hill kicked things off with an introductory video on Wednesday. 

“Last month, my best friend called me and told me he was dying,” Hill said in the inaugural video. “Chris called and told me that his doctors said there are no more options. The cancer has mutated and this time I don’t think he can overcome it. He said he’s afraid of not being able to experience all the things he wants to in life.”  

“At the very least, we can come together and allow Chris to experience life while he still can,” Hill continued. “This is the beginning of our life. This is my best friend.”

So far, the project has been received favorably by viewers on sites like Reddit. They are reaching out and connecting with users around the country, encouraging people to email them so they can meet up with supporters during the road trip.  

The duo is also raising money for their road trip on Patreon. So far, the two have eight patrons pledging a total of $111 monthly. 

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This is My Best Friend. This is One List, One life.

In late October, Chris called and told me his cancer was returning.

He said ''I'm afraid I won't be able to experience the things I want to in life." I decided to drop out of college to spend time experiencing our bucket list together.

We are actively looking for a Bone Marrow donor to help Chris win this fight, his last hope to defeat cancer once again.

My Best Friend is the story of Chris' life. Join us in our journey to document, experience, and inspire all of the amazing things that make life worth living.

Chris Betancourt, 19.

Chris was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina but moved to California with his Sister, Mom, and Dad around the age of 10. Entering a new school in a completely new state, Chris was nervous. Fortunately, he was able to meet a few life-long friends like Dillon and Vincent, who shared a mutual interest for video games.

Chris' life would take a dramatic turn in 5th grade. On Memorial Day, 2009 he would be rushed to the hospital after passing out at the beach. After staying in the ER for 13 hours, Chris was transported to Kaiser Roseville before being officially diagnosed with Chronic Mylogenous Leukemia. After many experimental treatments and a few miserable months in the hospital, Chris was well on the road to recovery and eventually entered remission.

In Sophomore year of high school, Chris faced another life-altering experience. On the morning of May 4th, 2014 Chris woke up the news that his sister had taken her own life. After many years of emotional chaos caused by such a loss, Chris was able continue life with his head up. He continues to be the happiest person in any room he enters.

After successfully graduating from Del Campo Highschool, Chris began setting up his future. Before entering college, he took a year off to work as an electrician and save up money. At this point his father had moved to Florida, his mother to Puerto Rico. Eventually, Chris would be enrolled as a full time student at Sacramento City College where he prepared for his future as an IT professional.

On September 2nd, 2017 Chris sat down to hear the worst news possible. The cancer cells in his blood jumped from .001% to 11% and had officially returned. This time, the cancer was a new mutated string that is resilient to most of the experimental drugs he had used before. Though difficult to acknowledge, Chris has one year to live.