Father Helps Wife Battle Cancer: A Sweet Inspiring Story

During this very moment, there are millions of people that are living with cancer in the United States. Undergoing chemotherapy is often a grueling process but individuals are willing to go through it in order to extend their life for however long possible. If you have undergone the treatment or have a family member that has, then you know just how serious it is. So when 17-year-old Mackenna saw how dedicated her father was during her mother’s chemotherapy treatments, she knew she had to share that love with the world.

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#20. Mackenna Newman

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Meet 17-year-old Mackenna Newman. She lives in California and has recently had to watch her mother suffer thyroid cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease last October and ever since then, Mackenna has done her best to be there for her.

#19. The Photo

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Recently, Mackenna’s story turned into a viral sensation when she uploaded a random photo on her Twitter account. She had no idea that her picture would be shared by so many complete strangers on the Internet. So what exactly did she post a photo of?

#18. Treatments

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You see, since Mackenna’s mother was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she had been undergoing various rounds of chemotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, many of these treatments require spending hours and hours alone in an isolated room. But why?

#17. Isolation

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There is a very good reason why many cancer patients are placed in isolated rooms during their treatments. This is to reduce the risk of getting an infection from someone being in his or her personal space. This is especially important for patients whose immune systems have been compromised from radiation.

#16. Twitter

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On a day during one of her treatments, Mackenna snapped a photo of her father and posted it on Twitter. In the photo you can see her father, Jon, sitting on a chair with a desk in front of him right outside the door of his wife’s room.

#15. Emotional

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Mackenna uploaded the photo with the following caption: “My mom has to stay in her room in isolation for her cancer radiation so my dad set up a desk at her door to keep her company and I’m crying.” She was touched by how caring her dad was and wanted to share this with the world.

#14. Viral Photo

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The photo instantly went viral, as tens of thousands of users retweeted and shared this heartwarming photo. It seems that people felt touched witnessing the struggle of two people in love trying to deal with one of life’s greatest obstacles.

#13. Reasoning

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Since the photo became viral, Buzzfeed interviewed Mackenna, and she confessed the real reason why she had taken the photo:

“I just thought it was sweet because they are so in love.” Mackenna then revealed just how dedicated her father is in more detail to Buzzfeed“, Mackenna said.

#12. A Dedicated Man

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Mackenna then told Buzzfeed that her father always waited right outside the door the entire time during her mother’s treatments. In fact, the photo she took was not a rare occurrence, and it proved exactly how dedicated her father was to her mother. Mackenna’s mother reaffirmed this as well.

#11. Marci

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Jon goes to every doctor’s appointment, every blood test, every surgery, every radiation. And as you can see, if he can’t be by my side he is as close as he can get,” Marci explained. Her husband’s dedication has been truly helpful to Marci and people on the Internet have fallen in love with such mutual love and dedication.

#10. Love And Dedication

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Mackenna posted the photo in order to show just how in love her parents were and the dedication that marriage requires. As we said, thousands of users shared this photo, but let’s see what people commented.

#9. The Numbers

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Mackenna’s post has been retweeted nearly 8,000 times and liked more than 10,000 times. She never expected the post to go as viral as it did and she especially didn’t expect such display of love and support. Just take a look at some of the comments left by users.

#8. Stories

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Kate Meck, who was also previously diagnosed with thyroid cancer, commented on the photo with her own story, saying: “I can tell you… This is so sweet… My mom had to leave food on the corner of my dresser and walk out quickly. It was so hard. This is just incredibly sweet.”

#7. Fellow Survivor

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Brenna Newell, another cancer survivor shared her story of undergoing treatment and how she related so much to the photo. “That’s what my kids and hubby did as well. I could open the door and as long as we were six feet apart we could talk”, she said.

#6. Love & Support

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Another user commented a small, sweet tidbit, saying: “Beautiful! True, beautiful, meaningful love. All the best to your mom.” Another added this sweet comment: “This is so pure, so beautiful. prayers and best wishes for your family.”

#5. Unexpected

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Mackenna was completely taken aback by the love and support she received from people she didn’t even know. When interviewed by Buzzfeed, she opened up and said: “The amount of love I’ve received is crazy and I didn’t expect any of it, but I’m so grateful.”

#4. Family Love

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Mackenna was definitely blown away by the love and affection she had received from so many Twitter users, but she hasn’t been at all surprised by how dedicated and loving her father has been.

This is how our family is. We take care of each other,” Mackenna said. “She knew he would do it for her.”

#3. Stats

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In the United States alone, it is estimated that around 1,688,780 new cancer diagnoses take place each year. It is also estimated that around 600,920 cancer deaths will occur within a year as well.

#2. Appreciation

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These numbers give us a greater idea as to why Mackenna’s photo resonated with so many people. Most likely, many individuals could relate to the story on a personal level and found great appreciation for the dedication that Jon showed to his wife.

#1. Best Intentions

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It is quite obvious that Mackenna’s father has the best intentions for his family and is entirely dedicated to all of them. It is this type of support that makes the difference in the life of an individual that is battling against cancer.

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