Today we want to bring you one of the most shocking photo reports that is giving much to talk around the world. It is full of emotions, hard times, painful, many tears, but also of love and much affection. In the photographs we can see the story of the last year of life of Derek Madsen, a child with terminal cancer. He was always accompanied by his mother at all times.
The photographer Reneée Bayer was in charge of documenting the family from Sacramento, located in the USA, throughout the process that had to spend their families to encourage and help Derek in his last months of life, all because of her illness.
The incredible report won him a Pulitzer Prize in 2007. Here we leave you the heartbreaking photographs. We warn you that they are quite strong and can break the heart of more than one.
1. Here we see Derek and Cindy in the corridors of UC Davis Medical Center in California.
They were waiting for the results of a bone marrow examination to know if he was eligible for transplantation. In the photograph we can see how the mother distracted him to brighten his day, which gives very good results.
2. “I’ll do whatever it takes to make him happy, to make him smile,” said Cindy French.
This was what her mother expressed, and she wanted to fulfill until the last day of her son’s life. It should not be easy to keep your spirits knowing that one of the most precious beings in your life will abandon you at any time.
3. Cindy hugs her son after learning that Derek will need surgery to remove the tumor that is in his abdomen.
4. Cindy calms her son after a bone marrow examination. She has not told him anything about the pain she might suffer, try not to scare him.
5. Here we can see Derek, his brother Micah and his best friend Dolan, at a hotel in Lake Tahoe.
6. Derek does mischief to scare his mother: Here we see him mounted on a wall of the hospital where they will be admitted for surgery.
7. Micah holds his brother’s hand as he is ready for radiation therapy. Derek was just 11 when they took this picture.
8. Derek is crying because he does not want to get radiation treatments anymore. His mother tries to calm him down.
9. Cindy learned that her son did not have much time to live.
And, since he will never be able to get a driver’s license, he lets him drive the car on a busy street in Sacramento.
10. Derek’s cancer has spread and caused him a black eye.
11. Cindy talks to her friend, Kelly Whysong, about her son’s short life expectancy.
12. On May 8, 2006, Cindy tenderly embraces her child. Medications have affected your ability to speak.
13. The mother kisses her son while she is given a sedative. She rocks him and sings him in the meantime.
14. Derek was buried on May 19, 2006 at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks.
“I will carry your memory forever into my heart and remind others to give their time, energy and support to other families like ours,” Cindy said at the funeral.