One of the most popular pages on Facebook is Humans of New York, which features photos and stories of people who live in the Big Apple. The man behind the camera (and recorder) is Brandon Stanton, and this week he's turned his attention to those affected by childhood cancer--not only the young patients, but the parents, siblings, doctors, and nurses who surround these kids. Then he lets them tell their heartfelt and inspiring stories.
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One is Dr. La Quaglia, a pediatric cancer specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who shared this heartbreaking confession: "The worst thing that can happen to me is telling a parent that I’ve lost their kid. It’s only happened five times in thirty years. And every time I lose a child, I tell the parents: ‘I’d rather be dead than her.’ And I mean it. But I go to church every single day. And I think that I’m going to see those kids in a better place. And I’m going to tell them that I’m sorry. And hopefully they’ll say, ‘Forget it. Come on in.’”
When the post appeared, people responded immediately, including the many kids this doctor has saved--and their parents. One parent recounted how Dr. La Quaglia said, "'Behind these door your son is now my son.' And hours later when surgery was complete he told us, 'Start saving for college.'
Another patient, now a young woman, recalled how he surgically removed an infected chemo line by flashlight during the night of the 2003 blackout. Others posted pictures of their kids, now cancer survivors.
Others chimed in to say he'd inspired them to be doctors and nurses. Or told stories how Dr. La Quaglia had sat for hours at their kids' bedsides. And then there was this comment from the sister of someone who hadn't made it: "This man is an angel. He gave my brother a shot when every other doctor in the country turned him away. Sadly, my brother is one of those five children that were lost but I can guarantee him, there are no hard feelings coming from Jed."
Humans of New York is trying to raise $1 million for Sloan Kettering--and it is about 70 percent of the way there. If you're inspired to donate, go to this page.
via Humans of New York