Mum's heartbreaking photo shows terrible reality of child cancer

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

Distraught mother Ally Parker, from Florida, shared the poignant photo of her daughter Braylynn Lawhon who has an inoperable brain tumour.

A tragic photo of a dying grandfather wailing in grief next to his cancer-stricken granddaughter shows the devastating impact of childhood cancer. "Nurses say she may not make it through the next hour, but miracles can still happen". The 49-year-old Gulf Breeze man said he didn't expect to live through Christmas and now his condition has worsened.

'Last year was hard for us, but I can't even begin to explain how difficult this year will be and has already been. The moving photo captures an emotional moment as he sits in a chair beside the little girl - happy and healthy just a month prior - as she fights for her life while on a ventilator.

"Months, maybe even weeks, later, I will have to bury my father", she added.

'Both of my heroes, gone, within the same year, ' she continues.

'Why do they have to leave us? What are we supposed to do?

"I refuse to believe that there is a reason for this".

"This world is a bad place".

Mum's heartbreaking photo shows terrible reality of child cancer
Mum's heartbreaking photo shows terrible reality of child cancer

She said they are sharing it to raise awareness.

Parker's family have been raising money for Braylynn to have cancer treatment in Mexico, but her prognosis isn't looking good. The family successfully collected donations via a GoFundMe page that sought to raise $300,000 for the procedures; due to the aggressive nature of the disease, several rounds of the treatment are required.

'Braylynn is still here. Her situation became complicated a few days ago and she has been in hospital since.

"She's gotten five or six Belle dresses mailed to her from complete strangers because we want to bury her in a Belle dress", Peterson-Hickman said.

"We have to find a cure, not a damn band aid".

In a post on Monday, Ally wrote: 'Braylynn is still here. We have to put an end to this.

"I couldn't be more proud of my Braylynn, she's always been a tough kid but I severely underestimated her strength. These kids deserve so much more than that, someday soon someone needs to find out what that cure is".

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