When Mom Sheryl Blanksby walked into her living room, she expected to find the usual mess left by her young kids. Instead, she discovered her 3-year-old, William, comforting his 13-week-old brother Thomas.
At just 11 weeks old, Thomas was diagnosed with a malignant rhabdoid tumor (MRT), a rare but aggressive childhood tumor that usually begins in the kidneys. Fox News reports the child underwent an operation to have his kidneys removed before doctors determined the cancer was terminal.
Blanksby was able to capture the tender moment with a photo she later shared on Instagram. In an accompanying caption, she wrote how William was communicating so much with just a simple gesture.
"#Throwback to when we were on our holiday. I was getting ready in the bathroom and husband was in the kitchen. The kids were quiet, especially Mr. Preschooler. You know the rules about when kids are quiet. I tiptoed to the lounge with my camera ready to catch anything they are doing. I was expecting my baby to be covered in Nutella or something but instead I saw this. My preschooler is telling his baby brother, 'Kuya (big brother) is here. Everything is OK.'"
The family is making the most of their time with Thomas, and Blanksby, a Perth Australia-based blogger, documents those special moments on her blog and on Instagram.
Friends of the family have started a "Making Memories With Thomas" GoFundMe page writing, "We want to raise some money for this beautiful family so they can enjoy the time they have left with their son, allowing them to make some amazing memories together, without the stresses of worrying about the costs that will come later. We want to give them all the time they have with their child and enjoy some little adventures."
In 22 days, the campaign has raised over $35,000 and exceeded the goal of $20,000.
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