A heart wrenching photo that went viral shows a 5-year-old girl comforting her 4-year-old brother while he is sick from chemotherapy during his cancer battle.
4-year-old Beckett Burge was diagnosed with acute lymphoblasic leukemia and has spent months in hospital.
His big sister Aubrey didn’t want to play with her friends as she wanted to take care of her little brother.
Their mom, 28-year-old Kaitlin Burge, decided to share the photo to show the importance of family in times of problems. It shows Aubrey rubbing her brother’s back.
Kaitlyn said that Aubrey then washed her brother’s hands and carried him to the couch. She also offered to clean the bathroom.
“When I see them together, it makes me happy but at the same time it makes me sad,” Kaitlin said. “They have an incredible bond. To this day, they are closer, she always takes care of him.
“A child that’s four or five years old should be outside playing with their friends.
“She should be out doing gymnastics, running around the neighbourhood with the kids, playing in the playground, swimming in the pool – but here she is taking care of her brother.
“They’re very close – they always played together. He’d play dolls with her and she’d play superheroes with him.
“We encourage her to go outside and do things, but she’d rather have her eyes on him.”
Beckett underwent chemo, blood and platelet transfusions during his stay.
“She (Aubrey) didn’t know what was happening, but she knew from experience that when she was sick, we would rub her back and help her through it.
“She just picked up from experience and took over. She’d rub his back and tell him it was going to be okay, clean his face up and wash his hands for him.
“Right after that happened, she also carried him back to the living room and put him on the couch. She asked me she could clean up the bathroom too, but I told her to go and sit down because that wasn’t her job.
“She takes it upon herself to help and make sure everything he comes into contact with is clean. She’s another set of eyes.”
The mother added: “”He’s in maintenance right now and he will continue his treatment until August 8, 2021.
“He has chemo every single night, then has an anti-fungal for an infection he had when officially diagnosed.
“He’s on the normal protocol – the steroids every month for five days, going to the clinic for chemo through his port, then a pill at home every night.”
Sending love and prayers to this family! Beckett is also blessed to have a very loving sister next to him.
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