9-Year-Old Boy With Cancer Fought Long Enough to Meet His Baby Sister Before Passing
Bailey Cooper, a 9-year-old boy who was told he only had a few days or weeks to live after cancer had spread throughout his whole body, is posthumously inspiring so many people with his heart. Beating the odds, Bailey held on long enough to meet and name his new baby sister, Millie, before passing away on Christmas Eve of 2017.
Bailey's battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma over the course of just more than a year was filled with ups and downs. By the time the cancer was discovered late in 2016, it was already in stage three. Despite how advanced the cancer was by then, immediately starting chemotherapy and medications led to remission in February 2017. Unfortunately, by Easter, Bailey had relapsed, but he fought hard and went into remission yet again in July 2017.
"We had six weeks at home with him that Summer," his mother, Rachel, told Bristol Post. It was amazing."
But by August, the cancer was back, and not only was it in stage four by then, but it was very aggressive and spreading fast. "She told us there wasn't very long left — it was only days or weeks," said Bailey's father, Lee.