This photo is truly heartbreaking.
Little Beckett Burge was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last year. It’s a type of blood cancer that begins in young white blood cells in the bone marrow.
Beckett was only two years old when he got diagnosed and has been battling it ever since.
Beckett hasn’t had a normal two year old’s life..he’s spent hours and hours at hospital, he’s had to have many sessions of chemotherapy as well as blood transfusions and platelet transfusions.
His older sister Aubrey has supported him so much and is never far from his side.
Aubrey, who is 14 months older, is the best older sister anyone could ask for.
Mother, Kaitlin Burge, 28, said that Aubrey has developed an ‘incredible bond’ with her brother. They are best friends.
Kaitlin, who lives in Texas, says that Aubrey will prefer to stay in and look after her little brother over going out and playing. She’s so mature for her age.
It was back in January when Kaitlin took an incredibly heartbreaking yet beautiful photograph of Aubrey taking care of Beckett as he leans over the toilet to be sick. She’s seen rubbing his back as he can’t help but be sick.
After the photo was taken, Aubrey reportedly went to wash her hands before carrying her brother to the couch. She then asked her parents if she could help clean the bathroom.
“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.”
Explaining the siblings relationship, Kaitlin added:
“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 neighbourhood 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.”
Beckett spent a whole month at hospital and came home to his family on Aubrey’s fifth birthday.
Beckett’s changed appearance led to Aubrey becoming concerned and confused about her once energetic little brother, with the ‘smart girl’ asking her parents various difficult questions.
“She’s watched a dozen doctors throw a mask over his face, poke and prod him with needles, pump a dozen medications through his body, all while he laid there helplessly.
She wasn’t sure what was happening, all she knew was that something was wrong with her brother, her best friend.
We explain that he got really sick, this is what happened, it was nothing he ate or did, nothing she did, it can’t be prevented and it’s not going to happen to her. We explained everything to her and got our social worker involved.
We’ve been very open with her so any questions that she ever has we talk through it with her, we explain it with Beckett in the room as well. He’ll tell people ‘I have cancer’, he knows what he has. We make sure she’s very supportive and knows it doesn’t make him any different.”
Beckett, now four, may have to go through another two years of chemotherapy..at least he has his kind and supportive sister by his side.