Photo of crying grandfather shows brutal reality of childhood cancer

A mother in Florida is trying to raise awareness for her terminally ill daughter by posting

Her grandfather, 49-year-old Sean Peterson, came to visit Braylynn and was so overcome with sorrow that he broke down in tears.

The photo was shared on Facebook by Ally Parker on January 7, the Daily Mail reported.

Despite the devastating situation, Parker is determined that her daughter's illness will make a difference. Parker's father, Sean Peterson, was diagnosed with motor neuron disease.

Ally's words have struck a chord with internet users, with the harrowing photo soon going viral.

Though the mother is fighting a battle herself seeing her daughter in such pain, a doctor who believes the little girl still has a chance to live has gotten in touch with Parker.

Princess Braylynn is still with us.

"She's gotten five or six Belle dresses mailed to her from complete strangers because we want to bury her in a Belle dress", Peterson-Hickman said. The family has been told she has hours left.

'In a few days I will have to bury this handsome little girl.

Today has been extremely hard and I have no idea how I'm going to handle the next couple of hours.

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But Parker has since received what she is calling a "glimmer of hope".

The family managed to raise funds to try experimental treatment in Mexico, but Braylynn took a turn for the worst before they could take her across the border. The page has raised more than $30,000 in one month, which is enough to begin treatment.

According to her mother's Facebook page, just last month doctors diagnosed the little girl with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma tumor.

Vitals are still normal, ' Parker wrote on Monday. We have to put an end to this.

She added, "I couldn't be more proud of my Braylynn, she's always been a tough kid but I severely underestimated her strength. We HAVE to find a cure, not a damn band aid", Parker wrote.

"Someone needs to find a successful treatment for this so our kids stop dying", she wrote.

Only 4 percent of US federal funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer, according to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the Daily Advertiser reports.

It's a photo that proves life can change in an instant.

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