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6th Jan '17 10:53:19 PM Pamina
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* The ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' special [[WesternAnimation/WhyCharlieBrownWhy "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?"]] Full stop.

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* The ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' special [[WesternAnimation/WhyCharlieBrownWhy "Why, ''[[WesternAnimation/WhyCharlieBrownWhy Why, Charlie Brown, Why?"]] Full stop.Why?]]'' plays this trope full stop with [[RememberTheNewGuy Linus's friend]] Janice, who has leukemia.
29th Dec '16 9:49:30 AM nombretomado
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* ''TraumaCenter Second Opinion'' has Tyler's younger sister who is afflicted by a rare disease caused by the GUILT, as parodied by the AwesomeSeries.

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* ''TraumaCenter Second Opinion'' has Tyler's younger sister who is afflicted by a rare disease caused by the GUILT, as parodied by the AwesomeSeries.WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries.



-->-- [[AwesomeSeries Awesome Center: Under the Awesome]]

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-->-- [[AwesomeSeries [[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Awesome Center: Under the Awesome]]
27th Dec '16 4:29:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/PeterDavid's ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' novel, ''The Siege''. One of the beings stranded on Deep Space Nine is a pre-teen alien boy with a terminal disease, but the parents won't let Dr. Bashir (easily) cure him because it's against their religious beliefs. [[spoiler:Bashir traumatizes the mother into giving consent, whereupon the father (who's a supreme religious leader) condemns them for heresy and banishes them from ever returning home.]]

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* Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse:
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In Creator/PeterDavid's ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' novel, ''The Siege''. One of the beings stranded on Deep Space Nine is a pre-teen alien boy with a terminal disease, but the parents won't let Dr. Bashir (easily) cure him because it's against their religious beliefs. [[spoiler:Bashir traumatizes the mother into giving consent, whereupon the father (who's a supreme religious leader) condemns them for heresy and banishes them from ever returning home.]]
** Subverted by Creator/PeterDavid again in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel, ''Strike Zone'': the "cancer" patient is an older teenage alien with pheromones or something and influences Wesley Crusher, pretty young at this point, to spend most of the book exhausting himself researching the fatal disease ("The Rot"). Then [[spoiler:on a promise of a cure, the CP betrays Starship Enterprise to other aliens, who promptly shoot him dead. Oh, and Wesley doesn't find a cure anyways.
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* Subverted by Creator/PeterDavid again in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel, ''Strike Zone'': the "cancer" patient is an older teenage alien with pheromones or something and influences Wesley Crusher, pretty young at this point, to spend most of the book exhausting himself researching the fatal disease ("The Rot"). Then [[spoiler:on a promise of a cure, the CP betrays Starship Enterprise to other aliens, who promptly shoot him dead. Oh, and Wesley doesn't find a cure anyways.]]
27th Dec '16 4:28:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' plays this one for laughs. In "The Wink", Kramer accidentally sells George Steinbrenner's birthday card to a sports memorabilia shop, who then gives it to a terminally ill kid. Paul O'Neill then has to hit two home runs in order to get it back.

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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** The show
plays this one for laughs. In "The Wink", Kramer accidentally sells George Steinbrenner's birthday card to a sports memorabilia shop, who then gives it to a terminally ill kid. Paul O'Neill then has to hit two home runs in order to get it back.



* Viciously subverted in ''Series/BabylonFive'''s "Believers" as part of Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's personal war on (former trope) "Cute Kids And Robots": when an alien family's religious beliefs forbid surgery on their critically ill son, Dr. Franklin goes ahead and performs it anyway -- only to have the family [[ValuesDissonance calmly and ritually kill the boy]] afterward because according to their beliefs opening his body up allowed his spirit to leave it.
** And in the second season episode "Confessions and Lamentations", where a whole race has a terminal disease and Delenn encourages a small child to believe everything will be all right. Dr. Franklin [[HopeSpot finds the cure]] and dramatically bursts in on the quarantine zone... to find it full of cute little corpses. The epilogue includes a newscast mentioning that the plague wiped out ''the entire race'', and, indeed, that type of alien is [[ContinuityNod never seen again in the series.]] There were [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/040.html comments on set]] about holding a mass burial for the race's prosthetics.
*** They even later blow up the Jump Gate to that race's star system, since nobody (except pirates and raiders [[PlanetLooters coming to loot]] the [[GhostPlanet now uninhabited world]]) is using it anyway...

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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Viciously subverted in ''Series/BabylonFive'''s the episode "Believers" as part of Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's personal war on (former trope) "Cute Kids And Robots": when an alien family's religious beliefs forbid surgery on their critically ill son, Dr. Franklin goes ahead and performs it anyway -- only to have the family [[ValuesDissonance calmly and ritually kill the boy]] afterward because according to their beliefs opening his body up allowed his spirit to leave it.
** And in the second season episode "Confessions and Lamentations", where a whole race has a terminal disease and Delenn encourages a small child to believe everything will be all right. Dr. Franklin [[HopeSpot finds the cure]] and dramatically bursts in on the quarantine zone... to find it full of cute little corpses. The epilogue includes a newscast mentioning that the plague wiped out ''the entire race'', and, indeed, that type of alien is [[ContinuityNod never seen again in the series.]] There were [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/040.html comments on set]] about holding a mass burial for the race's prosthetics.
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prosthetics. They even later blow up the Jump Gate to that race's star system, since nobody (except pirates and raiders [[PlanetLooters coming to loot]] the [[GhostPlanet now uninhabited world]]) is using it anyway...
27th Dec '16 4:26:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/PeterDavid's ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' novel, ''The Siege''. One of the beings stranded on Deep Space Nine is a pre-teen alien boy with a terminal disease, but the parents won't let Dr. Bashir (easily) cure him because it's against their religious beliefs. [[spoiler:Bashir traumatizes the mother into giving consent, whereupon the father (who's a supreme religious leader) condemns them for heresy and banishes them from ever returning home.]]



** "Believers" [[DuelingShows sounds similar]] to a story arc in Creator/PeterDavid's ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' novel, ''The Siege''. One of the beings stranded on Deep Space Nine is a pre-teen alien boy with a terminal disease, but the parents won't let Dr. Bashir (easily) cure him because it's against their religious beliefs. [[spoiler:Bashir traumatizes the mother into giving consent, whereupon the father (who's a supreme religious leader) condemns them for heresy and banishes them from ever returning home.]]
27th Dec '16 4:24:06 AM Morgenthaler
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** A related story from ''Criminal Intent'', "Faith", has similar motivations: The Littlest Cancer Patient whose blogs, phone interviews and autobiography brought the nation to tears [[spoiler: turned out to be a complete hoax: her GenreSavvy "guardian" wrote the book and blog herself, faked the phone calls, and even accepted donations of home medical equipment to stockpile for future sale on eBay. The truth only came out when a would-be benefactor insisted on meeting the girl in person]].
** The worst has to be from the original series episode "Smoke". The LCP isn't the main character, it's his younger brother. Their parents allowed a Michael Jackson expy to molest him in exchange for money to treat the little brother's cancer. The reveal is truly horrifying to watch.

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** * A related story from ''Criminal Intent'', ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', "Faith", has similar motivations: The Littlest Cancer Patient whose blogs, phone interviews and autobiography brought the nation to tears [[spoiler: turned out to be a complete hoax: her GenreSavvy "guardian" wrote the book and blog herself, faked the phone calls, and even accepted donations of home medical equipment to stockpile for future sale on eBay. The truth only came out when a would-be benefactor insisted on meeting the girl in person]].
** * The worst has to be from the original series ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Smoke". The LCP isn't the main character, it's his younger brother. Their parents allowed a Michael Jackson expy to molest him in exchange for money to treat the little brother's cancer. The reveal is truly horrifying to watch.



* ''The Commish'' arranged for a young boy dying of cancer, who had wanted to be a police officer, to ride along in a squad car, and he even helps make an arrest (though we see the 'criminal' is actually a police officer in disguise).

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* ''The Commish'' ''Series/TheCommish'' arranged for a young boy dying of cancer, who had wanted to be a police officer, to ride along in a squad car, and he even helps make an arrest (though we see the 'criminal' is actually a police officer in disguise).



* Used with a twist in ''Strong Medicine''. A little girl needs a marrow transplant and the mother isn't compatible, so [[JerkSue Lu Delgado]] tries to convince the ([[TheUnfairSex as always]]) JerkAss father to donate (he had left them because he believed the girl wasn't his daughter and the wife had cheated on him, ''despite'' knowing the LCP was sick). After [[strike: bullying]] [[strike: guilt-tripping]] convincing the dad into trying anyway, Lu finds out that he's ''really'' not compatible either. And after snooping around some more, it turns out [[spoiler: the kid had been a victim of a TwinSwitch after her birth, hence why the "parents" weren't able to donate: she wasn't ''their'' daughter to start with.]]

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* Used with a twist in ''Strong Medicine''.''Series/StrongMedicine''. A little girl needs a marrow transplant and the mother isn't compatible, so [[JerkSue Lu Delgado]] tries to convince the ([[TheUnfairSex as always]]) JerkAss father to donate (he had left them because he believed the girl wasn't his daughter and the wife had cheated on him, ''despite'' knowing the LCP was sick). After [[strike: bullying]] [[strike: guilt-tripping]] convincing the dad into trying anyway, Lu finds out that he's ''really'' not compatible either. And after snooping around some more, it turns out [[spoiler: the kid had been a victim of a TwinSwitch after her birth, hence why the "parents" weren't able to donate: she wasn't ''their'' daughter to start with.]]



* Averted on ''TheInbetweeners'' as a student now popular for having beaten his illness is an erratic, violent attention-seeker who is hated by the protagonists.

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* Averted on ''TheInbetweeners'' ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' as a student now popular for having beaten his illness is an erratic, violent attention-seeker who is hated by the protagonists.



* ''GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' regularly parodies this trope by having Dr Rick Dagless pay a visit to "a very special friend of mine" mid-episode - a sick child who exists solely [[CreatorsPet to tell Dagless how wonderful he is]] and provide a little angst.

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* ''GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' regularly parodies this trope by having Dr Rick Dagless pay a visit to "a very special friend of mine" mid-episode - a sick child who exists solely [[CreatorsPet to tell Dagless how wonderful he is]] and provide a little angst.
3rd Dec '16 5:04:46 PM BURGINABC
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This is often TruthInTelevision, unfortunately. TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood_cancer more information]] on this subject, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment let's leave it at that]].

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This is often TruthInTelevision, unfortunately. TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood_cancer more information]] on this subject, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment let's leave it at that]].
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15th Nov '16 8:57:11 PM Pamina
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* Tiny Tim in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Creator/CharlesDickens is an UnbuiltTrope version. Unlike most examples, his illness is not ''necessarily'' fatal, it is just that the Cratchits are too poor to afford treatment, which is why he dies in the alternate future. So when Scrooge has his change of heart and increases Bob's salary, Tim presumably doesn't succumb to his illness.

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* Tiny Tim in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Creator/CharlesDickens is an UnbuiltTrope version. Unlike most examples, his illness is not ''necessarily'' fatal, it is just that the Cratchits are too poor to afford treatment, which is why he dies in the alternate future. So when Scrooge has his change of heart and increases Bob's salary, Tim presumably doesn't succumb to his illness.illness after all.
3rd Nov '16 12:35:45 PM BoukenDutch
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* In the '''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fan fiction "Requiem for a Loud", after passing out while playing with Lynn, Lincoln is diagnosed with brain tumors. They are already in such an advanced state that there is no cure, and the doctors only give him 2 to 3 weeks left to live. While his sister Lisa tries to find a cure anyway, Lincoln, his family and his friends have to cope with the sad fact that he will die very soon, leading to quite some tear jerking moments.

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* In the '''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fan fiction "Requiem for a Loud", "Fanfic/RequiemForALoud", after passing out while playing with Lynn, Lincoln is diagnosed with brain tumors. They are already in such an advanced state that there is no cure, and the doctors only give him 2 to 3 weeks left to live. While his sister Lisa tries to find a cure anyway, Lincoln, his family and his friends have to cope with the sad fact that he will die very soon, leading to quite some tear jerking moments.
28th Oct '16 5:46:04 AM BoukenDutch
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* Akkie, the 12-year-old girl from the Dutch book ''Achtste-groepers huilen niet'' (Sixth Graders don't cry) by Jacques Vriens, as well as the movie adaption. [[spoiler:She doesn't survive.]]
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