Viral photo shows reality of childhood cancer

A photo that shows a grandfather sitting next to his granddaughter’s hospital bed sobbing is going
viral on social media.

Braylynn Lawhon, 5, was living a normal life last month until she was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

This deadly form of brain cancer has no cure, which means no survival rate.

Last week, the family announced they had raised enough funds for Braylynn to participate in one round of experimental treatment in Mexico.

The procedure is not covered by insurance, each time costing roughly $30,000 due to the aggressive nature of cancer. Doctors told the Lawhon’s several rounds are needed for success.

When Braylynn’s condition rapidly deteriorated last week due to a brain bleed coming from her tumor her mother posted on Facebook with the following message:

Today is the day…

Today will be the worst day of my life so far, and in less than a week, I will have a day that is even more terrible.
Today is the day that everyone will have to say their final goodbyes, to a FIVE-year-old.

This should never happen to anyone. There is no one in this world who is evil enough to deserve to feel what I am currently feeling. My baby girl deserves to live a full, happy life, and so does every other child who has had to face DIPG.

We have to put an end to this. No more kids can get this disease and be allowed to die from it. We HAVE to find a cure, not a band-aid.

These kids deserve so much more than that, someday soon someone needs to find out what that cure is.”

Shortly thereafter, Ally shared a Facebook that would quickly take the internet by storm. Her father is seen sitting next to Braylynn’s bed, sobbing as he said a final goodbye.

Ally hopes by sharing this photo she can help raise awareness.