A picture of a young girl comforting her little brother who has cancer as he leans over the toilet sick is touching hearts across the internet.
Beckett Burge was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of blood cancer when he was just 2 years old. These meant he had to go through a series of grueling treatments.
In the heartbreaking picture, little Beckett can be seen leaning over the toilet being sick as his big sister Aubrey stands by his side.
Their mom, Kaitlin Burge, says that she decided to share the picture to show the world the importance of strong family bonds when the going is at its toughest. “She 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.” Kaitlin Burge said.
“When I see them together, it makes me happy but at the same time it makes me sad. 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 loves gymnastics and we had to put a stop to that because of the financial burden, it got too expensive with his situation. She should be out doing gymnastics, running around the neighborhood 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.” She added.
Little Beckett is expected to continue treatment for about two more years, but with his family’s love and support, and especially his big sister by his side, we know the little fighter will be just fine.