Activities Sports & Athletics The Inspirational Johnny Romano Skateboarding Story Share PINTEREST Email Print Fuel TV Sports & Athletics Skateboarding Famous Skaters Basics Tutorials Gear Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Steve Cave Updated May 24, 2019 Skateboarding is packed full of amazing stories—stories of people, individuals who overcame, or who saw something that no one else could. Johnny Romano is one of those stories. Johnny grew up in Galveston, Texas, far from the Southern California skateboarding rush. Even so, he started skating, incredibly, at age 2. And even more incredibly, he took to it like a fish to water. But In 2005, when Johnny was 7 years old, his family figured out that he had "acute lymphoblastic leukemia," or "ALL". His parents had suspected that something was wrong with the boy for some time, but didn't know what. Johnny went through intensive chemo and surgery, but all the while he and his family pulled together to raise awareness about leukemia through skateboarding. Johnny passed away at age 10, but not before inspiring too many people to count. It's as if a whole life's worth of impact were squeezed into such a short time - but still, the impact he and his family have had are huge. Here are some things that have come from Johnny's life: Two months after his passing, The Johnny Romano Skate Jam was held and $103,000 was raised for the Make-A-Wish foundation. These contests still continue and raise money. The Rock the Cradle for Johnny Romano annual contest was born out of this. This World Cup Skate contest raises money for fighting cancer. The Johnny Kicks Cancer Foundation was built by Johnny's parents and has raised $30,000 and donated it to TCH for research. Childhood leukemia is much more common than people think, and Johnny's parents want to raise awareness, and help find a cure. Pretty amazing, isn't it? It's shocking when you think about the impact one life can have, even if it's "just" a kid. It makes you think.