Life became harder for the Burge family when their 2-year-old son Beckett Burge was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in April 2018.
“One thing they don’t tell you about childhood cancer is that it affects the entire family. You always hear about the financial and medical struggles, but how often do you hear about the struggles families with other children face?” writes Kaitlin Burge, Beckett’s mother on “Beckett Strong” Facebook page – the page the family runs to post an update about Beckett’s treatment.
Aubrey Burge, Beckett’s older sister was one of those family members that were affected a lot by Beckett’s condition.
“My two kids 15 months apart, went from playing in school and at home together to sitting in a cold hospital room together. My then 4 year-year-old watched her brother go from an ambulance to the ICU. She 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,” writes Kaitlin.
Though Aubrey did not know what exactly her little brother’s condition was, she knew for sure that something was terribly wrong. Amazingly Aubrey started to empathize with her brother Beckett.
Kaitlin has posted pictures of Aubrey rubbing her brother’s back while he leans over the toilet being sick, cheering him up. Aubrey also helped Beckett to wash his hands and carried him to bed. She went a step ahead to ask their parents if she should clean up the bathroom for Beckett.
“She supported him and she took care of him, regardless of the situation. To this day, they are closer. She always takes care of him. Vomiting between play sessions. Waking up to throw up. Standing by her brother’s side and rubbing his back while he gets sick,” writes Kaitlin on Facebook.
This story of little Aubrey caring for her little brother Beckett melt the coldest heart and remains as a lesson of love for many adults.