Sean Peterson is terminally ill with motor neurone disease. He can't speak anymore - but he can still cry by the bedside of his five-year-old granddaughter: they are going to die weeks within each other. Ally Parker was the one who took picture of Sean's grief next to Braylynn - Ally is also the mother and the child of the people pictured. Braylynn was diagnosed with DIPG - a deadly, incurable form of brain cancer just before Christmas.
"We all thought that they would outlive the rest of us... and we certainly never thought that my precious little Braylynn would be the first to go," wrote Ally.
"Last year was hard for us, but I can't even begin to explain how difficult this year will be and has already been," she wrote. "In a few days I will have to bury this beautiful little girl. Months, maybe even weeks, later, I will have to bury my father. Both of my heroes gone, within the same year. How could this happen to us? What did any of us do to deserve THIS? I refuse to believe that there is a reason for this. This world is a terrible place."
The family had hope when, last week, their GoFundMe campaign raised enough money to get Braylynn to Mexico for experimental treatment. However, she couldn't make the trip as doctors discovered bleeding from her tumor. Ally is now determined to fight for DIPG awareness and research: "These kids deserve so much more than that, someday soon someone needs to find out what that cure is."
"Braylynn is still here. Pulse is still strong. Vitals are still normal," Ally wrote. "It may take a few days, because everything is going to be PERFECT for her big day. Until then, she is still with us, still fighting, still strong. Every dollar helps no matter how big or small. The worst thought for a parent is burying their child. Please help us in our fight to keep that from happening."