A photo of a terminally-ill grandfather crying by his granddaughter's bedside as she undergoes treatment for cancer has gone viral.
The photo was shared on Facebook by Ally Parker on Jan. 7, the Daily Mail reported. It shows her terminally-ill father crying beside her cancer-stricken daughter.
Parker's 5-year-old daughter, Braylynn Lawhon, is currently battling diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a deadly form of brain cancer that has no cure or survival rate, the Daily Advertiser reported. Parker's father, Sean Peterson, was diagnosed with motor neuron disease.
The photo quickly went viral, garnering more than 4,600 shares and thousands of comments. Parker had been providing updates on her daughter's condition through Facebook posts:
Princess Braylynn is still with us.
Her pulse is barely there and we can not feel it, but we can hear it with a stethoscope. Nurses say she may not make it through the next hour, but miracles can still happen.
I have been in her bed most of the time, a photographer came for a few hours, my dog Sadie [The one whose bed Braylynn takes over all the time] is here, and we're just waiting for Aunt Wu to get here to say her goodbyes.
Today has been extremely difficult and I have no idea how I'm going to handle the next couple of hours. No one is handling this well…
But Parker has since received what she is calling a "glimmer of hope." She learned about an experimental treatment in Mexico and launched a GoFundMe page to raise about $300,000 for procedures. The page has raised more than $30,000 in one month, which is enough to begin treatment.
Parker also started a Facebook page called Braylynn's Battalion in a bid to raise awareness of the deadly brain cancer.
"My baby girl deserves to live a full, happy life, and so does every other child who has had to face DIPG," Parker wrote in a post, according to the Daily Mail. "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 damn band aid. These kids deserve so much more than that, someday soon someone needs to find out what that cure is."
Only 4 percent of U.S. federal funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer, according to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the Daily Advertiser reports. Parker hopes the now-viral photo -- and her daughter's story -- will change that.