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Jay Aponte, 9, laughs with this mom Luz Aponte while playing with Christmas decorations at their home on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago Jay was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff Jay Aponte, 9, laughs with this mom Luz Aponte while playing with Christmas decorations at their home on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago Jay was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.

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Jay Aponte, 9, laughs with this mom Luz Aponte while playing with Christmas decorations at their home on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago Jay was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.
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Jay Aponte, 9, laughs with his mom Luz Aponte while sitting for a portrait in his room on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago Jay was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.
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Jay Aponte, 9, looks through a book of his sketches in his home on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago he was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.
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Jay Aponte, 9, stands with his mom Luz Aponte, outside their home on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago Jay was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers, doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.
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Jay Aponte, 9, sits with his sister Cindy Aponte shortly after her return home from work on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago Jay was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers, doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.
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Jay Aponte, 9, touches a Christmas reef at the front door to his home on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago he was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers, doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.
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Jay Aponte, 9, was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.  Here, he stands for a portrait inside his bedroom on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples.
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Luz Aponte and her son Jay, 9, embrace for a portrait outside their home on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Naples. Two years ago Jay was diagnosed with leukemia. While being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital doctors noticed his desire to draw. Later he was selected to donate one of his watercolor paintings for auction at the Grand Tasting as part of the Wine Festival. Proceeds will go to Golisano Children's Hospital.

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