A picture worth a thousand words: A 15-year-old boy with terminal cancer comforts his younger brother after telling him that he will die

In a powerful image that has left many on social media in tears, a 15-year-old boy with terminal cancer comforts his sobbing brother after informing him that his life is coming to an end soon.

Teenager Ian was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in 2019. A year and a half after undergoing surgery and months of chemotherapy, his family was delighted to learn that he was cancer-free.

Unfortunately, a life-threatening infection caused the disease to return in November 2021 and spread throughout his body.

In the midst of all this, his family and friends have been told by the doctors ‘that they could do nothing more and that he will sadly soon die because of this.’

At that time, Ian broke down in tears while sharing the terrible news with his younger brother, Peter, who is of unknown age.

Benjamin Elliott wrote it on Facebook, telling his friends that Ian, a teen battling osteosarcoma, would soon pass away:

“Without speaking, this photo conveys a stronger message than words ever will.

Ian is 15 years old. In 2019, Ian was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. After surgery and months of chemotherapy, Ian was declared cancer free; however, in November 2021, his cancer would return and spread throughout his body. This past week, he and his family would learn that there was nothing else they could do. The cancer that had ravaged his body in the past and he had beat would soon be the same cancer that kills him.

Upon finding out that the cancer would kill him, Ian began crying. He wasn’t scared of dying; in fact, he was okay with it. Ian was sad. Ian cried because, as he said in his own words, “I only want to do one good thing in the world before I leave you all.”

It was Ian who made the choice to tell his friends and his little brother that his cancer would inevitably kill him. I think this picture truly shines the light on the “good” that Ian wanted and believed he needed to share.

Even in his devastating prognosis, it was Ian who would comfort and console his friends and little brothers. Crying in this photo is Ian’s little brother, Peter. Peter had just learned the devastating news that his days with his older brother were numbered. Holding him as tight as ever and kissing him on the forehead, Ian held on tightly and apologized to his brother for not being able to beat the cancer.

From here on out, while he says he is sad, he also admits he’s okay with dying, because while “dying” is the technical term, he refuses to sit around dying and instead chooses to be busy living until his death becomes reality.

The truth is that Ian refuses to live for himself. He chooses only to live for others until the moment he takes his very last breath. “

When little Peter received the news that his older sibling would no longer be able to live, he wept from the bottom of his heart. Despite this, Ian kept up a brave face and consoled him, apologizing for the fact that he could not beat cancer.

An Oregon-based man named Benjamin Elliott, who is unknown to Ian and Peter and has no affiliation with them, uploaded a heartbreaking photo of Peter and Ian sharing a touching moment to Facebook, and it quickly spread across the web, leaving many users baffled and in tears. 

Source: Facebook, DailyMail

5 comments
  1. My prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray for this beautiful family and ask that you will be with each one as they savour every second they can spare to spend with their beloved child and brother. Hold them close to yourself Heavenly Father and give them the awareness that that must get right with you as soon as they can to receive eternal life in you. Thank you Heavenly Father, I ask this in the precious Name of Jesus. Amen. Mrs Lyn Goodsell.

  2. You are an inspiration to me and so many people. I pray you and your family draw strength and comfort from our Heavenly Father. May each of you accept Jesus as your Savior if you haven’t already and are baptized together knowing that God loves you all so much He sent His son, Jesus to die for our sins and give us eternal life. Accepting Jesus into your hearts you will be in Heaven together one day with our Heavenly Father.
    God bless each and every moment you have together.

  3. Brave , Brave young man you are an inspiration too many xxxx My heart goes out to you and your family God bless xxxxx

  4. To all thise inwoking your god, remember according to you he is all powerful and yet he does nothing, in fact thus boy will die in pain, from. Disease your god created, sink that in

    1. There is a reason for everything. All of our life experiences lead us in the direction that God intends us to experience, to lead us to Him. It’s all for a reason, even if it’s for the purpose of someone else. Those who suffer, through trials and tribulations, will be rewarded in Heaven. Anyone who doesn’t believe, but tries so hard to turn believers against God…what do you possibly gain from this? If you really didn’t believe, you wouldn’t waste your time leaving any sort of comment. Even the smallest things that happen in our life can change the path we take. Make the right choices and any and all pain we’ve went through to get there will be rewarded in Heaven. Praying for all ✝️

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