Texas Mom Jessica Medinger shared a poignant image of her son Drake battling cancer, and now her followers want to help.
There's little more devastating as a parent then the thought of hopelessly standing by and watching your child battle cancer. One mom has encapsulated her heartbreaking struggle with a single, now-viral image of her 10-year-old son—currently battling Leukemia—posted on the Love What Matters Facebook page:
"For anyone battling cancer or enduring chemotherapy. For anyone going through this horrible disease. It is about to get real, real hard and real quick," she wrote in her caption. "This was this morning after carrying Drake to the bathroom. Yes, he is in a pull up because 75% of the time he can't control his bathroom habits. This is skin and bones, because I have to beg him to eat ONE green bean for supper, or drink a cup of water throughout the day. This is having your son sleep with you at night because he is afraid of something happening and being alone, and by something I mean dying... This is him telling me, 'mommy, I'm not going to make it.'""
So gut-wrenching and raw! And it apparently struck a chord with readers, because after the post was first shared to Love What Matters, thousands of other Facebookers began asking how to help. The family is collecting money for Drake's medical bills on You Caring, and according to a recent update in the comments section, a mailbox for letters of love has now been set up (Drake Medinger C/O Ericka, PO Box 1725 Tomball, TX 77377-1725) for anyone who wishes to send donations or gifts.
"We never expected this to spread as much as it has," Drake's family wrote. "Thank you for your care and support. We want to raise awareness that childhood cancer only receives 4% of research funding. Please pray as that means the most to us."
The family has also set up a Facebook page to keep people updated on Drake's progress. "HE IS NOT DYING," begins a post written just this morning. "It is a long road, but with positive thoughts and a strong medical plan, he WILL get better and IS getting better. The picture on the viral post was not of a dying child, but rather a FIGHTING child. My son is stronger and braver than anyone else I know. He is a fighter and refuses to give up. NEVER GIVE UP, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY."
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We are sending all of our thoughts and prayers to this sweet boy and his courageous family. Stay strong, guys!
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.comfor more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.