LANCASHIRE, England – A father hopes an emotional photo of his daughter will help promote childhood cancer awareness.
Jessica Whelan, 4, has been battling cancer for 13 months. Her dad, Andy Whelan, or Lancashire, England, has been posting about her progress on Facebook.
He recently shared a photo that captured the heartbreaking reality of the disease.
“This is the hardest photograph I have ever made, it is in fact my own four year old daughter,” Whelan wrote in the photo’s caption.
In the photo, Jessica has a look of anguish on her face and a single tear streaming down her face.
“This photograph was made in a moment that we as parents could offer her no comfort, her pushing us away whilst she rode out this searing pain in solitude,” wrote Whelan.
He hopes the photo opens people’s eyes to the realities of childhood cancer.
“If this photograph only serves as a purpose to make people think twice about this evil and put into perspective what it does to a child then it has achieved its purpose. Research needs to be done, cures need to be found, too long now has this been allowed to happen,” wrote Whelan.
Whelan and his partner made the difficult decision to stop Jessica’s cancer treatment as her body stopped responding to treatment. She has since been enjoying her final days with her family.