The loss of a child is the most terrible thing that a parent can experience. It's something that is hard to put into words just how painful it is, but it's the type of hurt that stays with a person for their entire lives. However, the Cooper family were under strict instructions from their nine-year-old son to "only cry for 20 minutes."
Bailey was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2016. He had been complaining about feeling sick, and his parents thought it would just be a chest infection that could cured by antibiotics. They were shocked to hear that their little boy was already at stage three.
They immediately started chemotherapy and steroid medication. By early 2017, Bailey went into remission. "They thought there were no more signs of the cancer," Bailey's dad, Lee Cooper, said. "He had to go in for regular check-ups and routine MRIs every three months, but things were looking up."
Unfortunately it returned, more aggressive than ever. In August 2017 his cancer was terminal and the doctors told the family it was just a matter of time. However, Bailey proved all of their predictions wrong because he had something very important to do in November: the birth of his baby sister.