Aidan Mach, Eli Hartman, and Milo Kessler met at sleepaway camp when they were 8 and 9 years old (pictured above, L-R: Aidan, Eli, and Milo). Soon, the fast friends were “living 10 for two,” as they called it.
“It basically meant living the 10 months outside of camp just waiting to go back to camp for two months,” Eli says. “In our bunk, we had a really tight-knit group. And Milo, he was definitely the glue.”
There were only a handful of kids who stayed all seven weeks at the sleepaway camp each summer, and so naturally the ones who did grew close.
“Living together at camp, you do everything together,” Aidan says. “It’s basically sleepovers every night and every meal and activity together. So it’s hard not to become brothers in a sense.”
The boys maintained their friendship even after they went home, keeping in touch via Facetime and visiting one another whenever they had the chance.
“There was nothing we enjoyed more in the world than just doing nothing together,” Aidan says. “We could do nothing together for hours on end.”
Then in November 2020, during their senior year of high school, Milo texted the others to let them know he had osteosarcoma.
“Even the way he told us was just so Milo,” Eli says. “He didn’t want to add to anyone’s problems [with COVID-19 going on at the time]. The way he put it was really sensitive to the state of the world and he was just like, ‘Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine.’”