5-year-old Zoey Catherine Daggett was a child who loved to play, just like any other girl her age.
But two years ago, Zoey sadly passed away after a two year battle with cancer.
Her parents are mourning their beloved daughter, and received support from all over the world — after spreading photos of her last moments on earth on Facebook.
Zoey was only three years old when she was diagnosed with cancer.
She grew up in a loving family and before the cancer hit, she was full of energy and always in motion, just like so many other children. She was sweet, playful, and happy.
But one day in July 2016, everything changed. The little girl from Fairport, New York, fell while playing in the park. Her parents Caseby and Ben took her to the doctor because their daughter limped. They expected a fractured ankle at worst, but the doctor couldn’t find anything on the X-ray.
A couple of weeks later, she lost power in both hands, according to CBS8.
When they arrived, they heard something they will never forget, a message they will carry in their souls forever. The doctor told them that their beloved little daughter, so full of life and love, had DIPG — a rare and aggressive brain tumor.
Unfortunately, the survival rate for DIPG remains very low. At this time there is no cure for this tumor. Children are giving 6-18 months from diagnosis to live; typically.
Now, her mother has bravely decided to share the family’s last moment together on Facebook.
“I shared it because even though it’s a painful moment, it’s a beautiful moment in our eyes,” Casey told Daily Mail.
The picture shows mom and dad with their arms around their precious daughter. They’d sat down on the couch with the family’s dog.
They’d spent the day to singing Disney songs. A Harry Potter movie played on television. And amidst the peace, the calmness, Zoey was suddenly gone. After about half the movie, Zoey’s heart stopped beating.
Cancer is really the worst thing I can think of. Especially when it targets children.
Zoey’s story is such a reminder to use all your days as if they were the last. To love like there is no tomorrow.
Rest in peace, sweet Zoey.