Photo of crying grandfather shows brutal reality of childhood cancer

The girl's grandfather also suffers from a deadly disease — ALS. He may no longer be able to articulate words but his expression speaks volumes

A mother has shared a heartbreaking photo highlighting the devastating impact cancer has on families.

Parker's 5-year-old daughter, Braylynn Lawhon, is now battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer that has no cure or survival rate, the Daily Advertiser reported. It has no cure and no survival rate.

Tragically, the little girl's inconsolable grandfather seen crying next to her in the photo has been diagnosed with a life-shortening motor neuron disease (MND), a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system.

A U.S. woman has shared a heartbreaking picture of her terminally-ill daughter and father together after being told they will likely die within weeks of each other.

Parker explained her ordeal on Facebook. "Months, maybe even weeks, later, I will have to bury my father", Parker lamented.

"Both of my heroes gone, within the same year". 'How could this happen to us? Why do they have to leave us? She added she has no idea how she is going to handle the next couple of hours.

The family from Florida were given a glimmer of hope last week after they managed to raise funds with GoFundMe, to give Braylynn the chance to try experimental Mexican treatment, USA Today reported.

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The treatment, not covered by insurance, cost almost $30,000 a round, and due to the aggressive nature of this cancer, several rounds are needed for success, The Advertiser reported.

In a post on Monday, Ally wrote: 'Braylynn is still here.

"She's gotten five or six Belle dresses mailed to her from complete strangers because we want to bury her in a Belle dress", Peterson-Hickman said.

In the photo, Lawhon was near death and surrounded by family waiting to say goodbye.

"We have to put an end to this", she wrote.

In another Facebook post on Thursday, Braylynn's mother made it clear that the posts about her daughter are not to garner attention or donations, but to make people more aware of the deadly DIPG tumor. "These kids deserve so much more than that, someday soon someone needs to find out what that cure is", she wrote on Facebook.

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