An Atlanta, Georgia family was blessed with three boys. Unfortunately, all three of them have the same form of rare eye cancer, retinoblastoma.
Angie and Aaron Rush’s oldest son, Tristen, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma around five years ago. He’s battling the disease ever since. Over the years, Tristen has undergone a number of chemotherapy treatments and medications which started when he was just a few weeks old.
When their second son, Caison, was born, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, too. The news were heartbreaking. It meant the family was forced to go through the same process once again. Caison started receiving treatment at just one week old.
His mom and dad prayed for their boys to end up winners in the fight for their lives.
Around six months ago, baby number three was welcomed into the world. During the pregnancy, all Angie and Aaron hoped for was for their youngest child to be born healthy. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Just like his older brother, baby Carter was diagnosed with retinoblastoma the moment he was welcomed into the world. He has it in both his eyes.
As much as everyone was shocked and sad about this family’s life story, Angie knew something like this was a possibility because she had had retinoblastoma herself as a young child and lost her left eye as a result of it. She was perfectly aware there was a chance that she could pass the disease to her offspring.
“I feel a lot of guilt, knowing that this is something I could pass down to them. But I also know that I’ve been blessed,” the mother told 11 Alive.
Now all this family can do is be by the little ones every step of the way and pray for the best possible outcome. The kids’ grandma, Jeanne Rush, says: “They are warriors.”
In the meantime, the family has set up a GoFundMe page to help them with the medical expenses.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rush family.