Mom shares heartbreaking photo of 10-year-old son fighting cancer
A Texas mother's Facebook post about her young son battling cancer has gone viral.
Drake, 10, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL B Cell) in September of 2012, and he's now battling the disease for a second time.
Last Wednesday, Drake's mother, Jessica Medinger, shared a heartbreaking image on the "Stinky Joe's #1 Pit Crew" Facebook page, which follows her son's fight against cancer. The image shows Drake, clearly in pain while leaning over the toilet in a bathroom.
Jessica shared the following message with the photo:
Jessica's Facebook post has been shared more than 58,000 times and has more than 87,000 likes.
Following the mother's viral message, Drake was admitted to the hospital for dehydration and some other issues.
"He is in extreme pain and still not eating or drinking," she said. "They will also be starting physical therapy to help regain strength in his hips and legs, and build his endurance. Please be assured myself, his family, and his team of healthcare professionals are doing absolutely everything we can to help him and get him better."
Family members have set up a YouCaring page to help pay for medical expenses. If you would like to donate, click here. A mailbox has also been set up for anyone wishing to send Drake some love or help his family out with helpful items, such as gas cards.
According to his Facebook page, Drake loves college football (Huskers), Pokemon , remote control cars and planes, iTunes gift cards to watch movies and soccer.
"The out pouring of love and support is appreciated," his family said.
To learn more and receive updates on Drake's fight again leukemia "like" the Stinky Joe's #1 Pit Crew page on Facebook.