PHOTOGRAPHER DAD SHARES HEARTBREAKING IMAGES OF DAUGHTER’S FIGHT WITH CANCER

PHOTOGRAPHER DAD SHARES HEARTBREAKING IMAGES OF DAUGHTER’S FIGHT WITH CANCER

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It’s a sight no parents want to ever see — their child in pain.

Unfortunately, it’s a sight Andy Whelan sees far too often.

Jessica before all her hair began to fall out due to chemotherapy treatment
Jessica during the first stages of her cancer battle.

His 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, has been battling neuroblastoma, a cancer often found in the small glands on top of the kidneys, for over a year now.

As a father and photographer, Whelan wanted to find a way to remember his little girl, but it was far more painful than he could ever have imagined.

“This is the hardest photograph I have ever made, it is in fact my own 4-year-old daughter,” Whelan said. “This photograph was made in a moment that we as parents could offer her no comfort, her pushing us away whilst she rode out this searing pain in solitude.”

The dad decided to post the heartbreaking photograph on Facebook to share the “truth and the reality” of his family’s situation. The post received over 45,000 responses, 16,000 shares, and 9,700 comments from people wishing to show the family their support. Other parents have posted their own photos of childhood cancer in the comments.

“Too easy it becomes to capture the joy of life whilst discarding the torture that we see,” he explained.

In the photo, Jessica fought back tears as she writhed in pain in a hospital bed.

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Andy shares the details of his daughter's 13-month fight with neuroblastoma on his Facebook blog and her story has captured the attention of Harry Styles
Andy shares the details of his daughter’s 13-month fight with neuroblastoma on his Facebook blog and her story has captured the attention of Harry Styles
The youngster was diagnosed in September 2015 and has been through a difficult fight with the disease
The youngster was diagnosed in September 2015 and has been through a difficult fight with the disease  
For Andy he hopes that by sharing the photo it will raise awareness and bring the sadness of childhood cancer to the forefront and help fund further research into a cure
For Andy he hopes that by sharing the photo it will raise awareness and bring the sadness of childhood cancer to the forefront and help fund further research into a cure

In response to the outpouring of goodwill online, Whelan has opened a gofundme campaign to raise funds to improve the final weeks of Jessica’s life. You can donate to the campaign here.

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