There is nothing as powerful and pure as a child’s faith, I will tell you that for sure.
Bailey Cooper was only 8 years old when doctors diagnosed him with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. His family was devastated. Bailey was shaken up too, but he believed that a higher power was there to help him through the challenge.
The young boy remained positive, fought cancer and won. Just months after his diagnosis, doctors announced that he was in remission.
He returned to school and resumed his life as a normal young boy. But then Bailey started to feel sick again. Doctors delivered the devastating news that the cancer had returned and this time it was even more aggressive than before.
Yet again Bailey fought and won. The cancer went into remission, and his family hoped and prayed it would be the final time.
However, that winter it returned, and this time doctors could not say for certain that they could save him. “The consultant broke the news to us. It was late Stage Four, and it was even worse. It was very aggressive.” Bailey’s father, Cooper, said.
Bailey was devastated but he did not give up. He had plans to win, he had to fight cancer the best he could as he wanted to meet his little sister after learning his mom was pregnant with his second sibling.
The family prayed and hoped that he would get his wish.
However, the cancer had spread to all his organs. Doctors said he might only have days or weeks to live. His baby sister wasn’t due to be born for a couple of months.
Doctors feared he had no chance to see her. But Bailey was adamant that he would. He promised his family that he would be there to welcome her into the world
Bailey’s parents wanted him to at least have an impact on his baby sister’s life so they let Bailey pick out her name. Bailey chose Millie and his parents loved it.
Miraculously, Bailey made it to the day Millie was born! He was so excited and absolutely adored her.
His mother, Rachel, said, “He hugged her and did everything an older brother would do. Changed her, washed her, sang to her.”
Through it all, Bailey grew weaker by the day. The family called in all their close family members as they helplessly watched cancer slowly stealing their little boy away.
Bailey still remained very brave. When his grandma cried and told him she wished she could take her place, he told her, “That is really selfish Nan! You have grandchildren to take care of.”
When God started to call Bailey up to Heaven, Bailey looked at his parents and bravely said: “I want to stay, but it’s my time to go, to become her guardian angel.”
A few weeks after Millie’s birth, Bailey passed away. “On Christmas Eve, Bailey’s breathing became very shallow and irregular. Myself and Rachel sat by his bedside and we both knew it was time for him to go. We whispered in his ear, ‘It’s OK; we love you very much. You need to stop now. It’s time for you to go.’ At that moment he took his last breath and shed one tear.” Bailey’s dad, Cooper, revealed to Today.
Cooper says his family will work hard to remind both Millie, and their older son, Riley, of their big brother’s immense love for them.
“We show Millie pictures of Bailey every day and every time we mention Bailey, her face lights up and she points at the canvas picture we have of him in our living room. We also have a memory box with some of Bailey’s things for her when she’s older. Millie and Riley will be reminded of Bailey every day and we will never shy away from talking about Bailey with them.” Cooper said.