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Obituary: Joel Green, the child that inspired  That Dragon, Cancer
Obituary: Joel Green, the child that inspired That Dragon, Cancer
March 13, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

March 13, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Joel Green, son of writer Amy Green and developer Ryan Green, passed away this morning. He was five years old.

The tragic news comes courtesy of a post on the That Dragon, Cancer website and an update to Joel's personal website.

No further information was given, though it is likely that Joel passed away due to complications stemming from the terminal cancer he has battled since the age of one.

Joel is the inspiration for That Dragon, Cancer, an autobiographical adventure game that aims to help players understand Ryan and Amy Green's struggles to raise and support their son in the face of his illness.

You can learn more about the game, and support the project by purchasing a children's book inspired by Joel's life, on the That Dragon, Cancer website.

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Joe Augustine
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My heartfelt condolences to Amy and Ryan.

Connor Fallon
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My heart goes out to Amy and Ryan.

Samuel Reyes
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I'm sorry to hear that, but I'm proud of the parents, and greatly admire their strength. I hope if I ever have to endure something like that that I can be as strong. Your son is in a better place :)

Kevin Fishburne
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I'll never complain about my life again. My sympathies. :(

Austin Kucera
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Thoughts and prayers to Amy and Ryan.

Roberto Caldas
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My heartfelt condolences to Ryan, Amy and the family.

David Paris
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Heartfelt sorrow for their loss. Best wishes to Ryan, his wife, and children going forward.

Marvin Hawkins
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My condolences

Pamela Charlebois
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Losing a child is the hardest thing any person has to go through. I lost my young son to a rare genetic condition. My deepest sympathies and condolences to Amy and Ryan. May your son's love give you the strength to carry on during this very difficult time.

Gord Cooper
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Noone should have to endure this. Ryan and Amy's choice to turn their struggle outward and create is admirable. 3 kids of my own, I choke up even reading about this, unimaginable to live through it.

I hope the two of them continue together and remember Joel's love.

Jon Solmos
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I am deeply saddened by your loss. Being a parent and having gone through my own experiences with an ill child I can only imagine your feelings about your son, Joel. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.