Beckett Burge, the the two years old boy, from Princeton, Texas, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, in August 2018. This is a type of blood cancer which begins in young white blood cells in the bone marrow.
Beckett had specific therapy, spending a lot of time in hospital; undergoing chemotherapy as well as blood and platelet transfusions. This was a hard time for all family and it was not possible without strong patient and support that they have been given to Beckett, especially the love and support of his older sister Aubrey.
She is just 14 months older than Beckett, but she has proven herself to be a mature and deeply caring big sister. Her mum Kaitlin Burge, 28, was positively surprised about the ‘incredible bond’ Aubrey has developed with her brother. They, actually have become the ‘best friends.’
According to Kaitlin, since that had happened Aubrey has preferred to stay in and keep an eye on her little brother rather than head out to play with her friends.
Aubrey takes care of everything, so once Kaitlin took a touching photograph of her taking care of Beckett while he leans over the toilet to be sick. On that picture, she can be seen rubbing his back and offering reassurance. Kaitlin decided to share that powerful image with the world to illustrate the importance of strong family bonds during difficult times.
Speaking about this moment the mother-of-three said: “She didn’t know what was happening, but she knew from experience that when she was sick, we would rub her back and help her through it.” She also added that Aubrey just picked up these things from experience and took over.
During rubbing his back, she was telling him it is going to be okay, and then she cleaned his face up and washed his hands, explained Katlin. Her work didn’t finish here, so, she carried him back to the living room and putting him on the couch. “She asked me she could clean up the bathroom too, but I told her to go and sit down because that wasn’t her job,” said Katlin.
When it comes to the loving bond between the siblings, Kaitlin added that she was exceedingly happy seeing them together, but at the same time, it is making her sad.
She knows very well that a child that’s four or five years old should be outside playing with their friends. Because of the situation with Beckett and the financial burden, withdrew her from gymnastics classes.
Katlin added: “She should be out doing gymnastics, running around the neighborhood with the kids, playing in the playground, and swimming in the pool – but here she is taking care of her brother.”
However, because of the Beckett’s need to have somebody in the company, according to her mum, that was the only option to encourage them to play together. So, she’d play superheroes with him and he’d play dolls with her. Even though her parents encouraged Aubrey to go outside and do things, she’d rather have her eyes on her brother.
Beckett was in a hospital for a month and came home to Aubrey’s fifth birthday. His changed appearance concerned Aubrey and she was confused about her once energetic little brother. She started asking various difficult questions, explains Katlin.
Kaitlin said: “She’s watched a dozen doctors throw a mask over his face, poke and prod him with needles, pump a dozen medications through his body, all while he laid there helplessly.
She wasn’t sure what was happening, all she knew was that something was wrong with her brother, her best friend.”
When Katlin explained to her that his brother got sick, that it was nothing he ate or did, nothing she did, and that it can’t be prevented. They explained everything to her and got their social worker involved.
They realized that the open discussion in such a case is the best way to answer any questions that she ever has. So, they talk to her, explaining everything with Beckett in the room as well. He’ll tell others, too, ‘I have cancer’, and he knows what he has it. For all family is very important to be supportive and to know that it doesn’t make him any different.
According to the estimations of the doctors, the brave Beckett will have to go through another two years of chemotherapy. That is for Aubrey another challenge to continue to be the most thoughtful sister and best friend a boy could ask for.