Facebook Series on Pediatric Cancer Goes Viral As Doctors Reveal the Heartbreaking Truth
The faces of pediatric cancer aren't always what you expect. While there are plenty of children, there are also the patients' siblings, parents, nurses, and doctors.
Brandon Stanton, the man behind the widely popular Humans of New York Facebook and Instagram feeds, is focusing his lens on the faces of the Pediatrics Department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center while raising funds for pediatric cancer research and psychological support for the patients and their families.
Using his signature interview style, Stanton is capturing the raw emotion that affects everyone involved. Simultaneously sad and uplifting, the stories will tear at your emotions. Take Dr. La Quaglia, who shared, "The worst thing that can happen to me is telling a parent that I've lost their kid. It's only happened to me five times in 30 years. And I've wanted to kill myself every single time. Those parents trusted me with their child. It's a sacred trust and the ultimate responsibility is always mine. I lose sleep for days. I second-guess every decision I made."
His profile on the site has been liked more than half a million times, due to his honest and raw confession. But he's not the only one. Read on to see the faces and stories that make up pediatric cancer — and consider donating to the cause which has already raised more than $900,000 in just over a week.