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NTX Mother Draws Attention to Impact Childhood Cancer Has on Siblings With Raw Social Media Post

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    Childhood Cancer's Impact on Siblings Captured in Photo

    When a Princeton mom posted photos of her 4-year old son getting sick after chemo as his 5-year old sister rubbed his back, she expected backlash for the raw photos. Instead, they've been shared thousands of times. (Published Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019)

    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. As social media feeds get flooded with posts drawing attention to what children with cancer face, a raw social media post from a Princeton mother showing her 4-year old son getting sick after chemotherapy while his 5-year old sister rubbed his back went viral.

    "The siblings are often, they're forgotten," Kaitin Burge said, explaining why she posted the photos of her children on the Beckett Strong Facebook page. "They didn't see the impact it had on the siblings until that picture came out."

    The photos are in stark black and white. They show Burge's son Beckett leaning over a toilet, with his sister Aubrey's arm on his back.

    "Why did I throw up in my pj's," Beckett asked as he looked at the photos. "I was sick."

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    "I'll share the good, I'll share the bad, and I'll share the ugly," Burge said. "The disease they're fighting, it's ugly, and I don't think people realize what all goes on within these families unless they see a raw post like that."

    Beckett was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2018. He takes 10 pills a day and will have to go through chemotherapy until 2021. Cancer didn't just change his life, it changed life for everyone in Beckett's family.

    "You don't have the 9-months most people have to prepare for a kid...I'd never changed a diaper," Boomer Dorman said. The single uncle has been the caretaker for Beckett's youngest sister, 23-month old Chandler, because the risk of her coming home from daycare with an infection is too great a risk for Beckett. "While they were in the hospital with him, overnight I became a parent and had to help her with all those major milestones; crawling, walking, talking."

    Burge said she expected some backlash from her raw Facebook post, and thought it might get shared a few times. Instead she said the comments have been mostly supportive. It's been shared more than 39,000 times...and counting.

    "There are definitely brighter days ahead," Burge said.

    Facebook - BeatItLikeBeckett | GoFundMe - Help Beckett Kick Cancer's Butt

    Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    [NATL] Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    A Roseville, California, man is in custody after he turned himself in to police in connection to a quadruple homicide.  The body of one of his victims was in the car he drove to the police station in Mount Shasta, more than 200 miles away from the original Roseville crime scene.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

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