Ally Parker is facing an unimaginable situation.
Her five-year-old daughter is tragically dying of brain cancer. If that wasn’t distressing enough, her father is sadly fighting a losing battle against motor neuron disease.
The mother from Florida now faces a world of grief and pain – burying both her daughter and father within weeks.
Ally posted a soul destroying photo to Facebook on Sunday.
It shows her father, Sean Peterson, crying by his sick granddaughter’s hospital bed.
Social media users were moved to tears by the sheer agony on Sean’s face.
Ally’s emotional rollercoaster started on December 6.
Her daughter, Braylynn Lawhon was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.
It is the most deadly form of brain cancer and has no cure and no survival rate.
The heartbroken mom posted about her little girl’s plight on social media in a bid to raise awareness.
‘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,’ Ally wrote in her Facebook post.
‘Last year was hard for us, but I can’t even begin to explain how difficult this year will be and has already been.’
‘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,’ she continues. ‘How could this happen to us? What did any of us do to deserve THIS?’
‘Why do they have to leave us? What are we supposed to do? I refuse to believe that there is a reason for this. This world is a terrible place.’
But there is a glimmer of hope.
The family have heard about a revolutionary experimental treatment in Mexico. But sadly it is not covered by their insurance.
They are currently collecting donations via a GoFundMe page. They are hoping to raise $300,000 for the procedures.
‘Braylynn is still here. Pulse is still strong. Vitals are still normal,’ Ally wrote on Monday.
‘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.’
The determined mom is now hoping to raise awareness of her daughter’s condition.
She has set up a Facebook page called Braylynn’s Battalion.
‘My baby girl deserves to live a full, happy life, and so does every other child who has had to face DIPG,’ Ally wrote on the social media site.
‘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.’