My name is Ethan Chang and I am a freshman at King Park High School in Kings Park NY. At the age of 10 months old I was diagnosed with a rare genetic brain disease (megaencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts). To say the least, life has had it’s ups and downs but it hasn’t stopped me! About 6 years ago I joined Heather and the “Splash team” from Splashes of Hope. Founded in 1996, Splashes of Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating art to transform spaces, enrich environments and facilitate healing. Heather and the team set out to paint me a one of a kind mural for my bedroom. I was so inspired by their huge hearts that I wanted to give back. I have been fundraising and volunteering with them ever since, and today I am their ambassador! In an attempt to raise funds for this project, I reached out to my favorite celebrity personality, Ellen Degeneres. I was hopeful that I would be a guest on her show to play "Dice With Ellen" and win the money for Splashes while raising awareness of my condition. I have always admired her humor and huge heart. I was contacted by the show and they invited me and my family to sit in the VIP section of the studio audience! I helped paint a unique hot air balloon just for her! This is my chance to get it to her. As exciting as this is, I still have one goal I have yet to accomplish and it is the biggest one of all!
I am on a mission to raise funds to create a one of a kind mural for a child in need. 6 years ago Splashes of Hope “Splashed” my bedroom to help brighten my life. This started my journey to bring that joy to others. With your help we can bring this hope and love to another deserving young person.
I can’t do this alone! The wait list for children and hospitals that are waiting to be "splashed" is too long! Help me inspire others to give back and make the life of just one more child a little brighter.
Ethan... we love you and are so proud of your amazing strength and determination ! You inspire us and we are sure so many others ! Xoxo
Ethan...Always follow your dreams!!
Ethan is an extremely caring person, always thinking about others. Way to Go Ethan!
Ethan is one of my best friends ever and he has a huge heart in helping others!
Ethan and his family (including all those wonderful aunts and uncles) are an amazing team and I'm happy to support them all! ❤️
Ethan is an amazing, inspiring Splash Star! Since he has scared me 500 times at the Castle I’m donating $500. Sarah’s Birthday is tomorrow when you finish this awesome campaign, what a SPLASHTASTIC way to start the new year! 😘💕
Love you Etthan!
Because I love Ethan, and his love for Splashes & Ellen❤️
Way to go Ethan!
We love Ethan and Splashes!
Chase your dreams Ethan!
Good luck Ethan! You’re the sweetest
Ethan is an amazing young man!
Go for it Ethan! Love, The Dinin Family - Greg, Maria, Luca and Lily the Pomeranian
To support Evan and his dream.
Supporting Ethan and the great work he is doing! Tony and David at Make Nice Media
Ethan is an inspirational role model for his peers.
Because I love this boy and I love what Splashes of Hope does!
We love you Ethan and want to support your project!!! 😘
Way to go Ethan<3
Ethan is a great kid.
Supporting the amazing and committed, Ethan. (Your Aunt Tina loves watching Ellen videos with you, Ethan!)
the kid deserves it!
We have been following your journey through our friend and neighbor, a tireless volunteer with Splashes.
Ethan is a thoughtful, inspiring boy who deserves all the best in life. Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy to support a wonderful organization that is near and dear to my friends' hearts.
We haven’t met Ethan in person, but through social media and by watching his video we can not help, but adore him ❤️
To support Ethan on a great cause!!!
Ethan is an inspiration!!!
Great Cause and great family!
Ethan is a Great Ambassador and Inspiring Member of the Splash Family
Ethan is the most giving, caring, and loving person I have ever met! I am giving because Ethan gives everyday!
Way to go ethan!!
We all love you and support you Ethan!!
We love Splashes of Hope and Ethan!