A mother of a 4-year-old shows her son's devastating three-week struggle with stage 4 neuroblastoma.
On Oct. 10, Judy Willans shared the photo on the Facebook page created to support her son, called Bens cause. The photo shows two pictures of Ben, an image before his cancer diagnosis, and a second picture taken less than four weeks later.
"How can life be so cruel and do this to an innocent boy in such a short time," the caption of the photo read. "Cancer u are one utter (expletive)!! I hate u!!...this is what it's done to my baby in less than 4 weeks."
The boy is currently at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England. According to the Facebook page, Ben has been recently diagnosed with pneumonia.
Ben is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments for this rare form of cancer. However, doctors have told the family there is only a 30 percent chance that the chemotherapy will be successful, and an 80 percent chance that the cancer will return, according to Mirror.co.uk. As there is no protocol in place for such a condition in the U.K., were the chemotherapy unsuccessful, there is nothing more that the National Health Service (NHS) would be able to do for the boy.
A trial treatment in the United States could possibly improve the child's prognosis. Stacey Savage, a friend of the family, started a fundraising page to help in case the family needs to head to the U.S.
"Ben’s feeling quite poorly and doesn’t understand what’s happening," the fundraising page reads. "His mum’s tried to explain that his hair will fall out with the chemotherapy."
If the chemotherapy is successful, the family will donate the money to another child battling neuroblastoma.
Despite this devastating situation, the family has been able to find joy in things Ben loves.
Judy said that the song, "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele has been her son's song even before he was born.
"When ur in the corridor an a male nurse walks passed singing Ben's song, then walk back onto icu and a female nurse is singing it...humbled," Judy wrote as a Facebook status on Oct. 12.
If you would like to donate to Ben's Cause, visit their fundraising page here.