Actor Rob Delaney, popular for starring in Catastrophe, took to social media to share the heartbreaking news that his 2-year-old son died of cancer in January.
In a Facebook post, Delaney detailed what went through with his son Henry's battle against cancer. The comedian narrated that it was in 2016 when they learned that their son had a brain tumor.
A Bout With Cancer
Henry had suffered weight loss and constant vomiting, and it was after Henry's first birthday that they knew of his disease. Delaney further revealed that his son went through a surgery to remove the tumor early last year and continued with treatments as well.
However, as persistent as the family was the cancer, which had recurred in fall. Unfortunately, Delaney's son succumbed to cancer this January. The 41-year-old actor also revealed that Henry went in and out of the hospital for 15 months.
The Delaney family was devastated, to say the least, which was heartfelt and obvious in the actor's penned announcement. He recalled of the fond memories with Henry and remembered the happy moments after his son went home after a series of treatments.
"His tumor and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum. His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound," Delaney wrote.
As much as he was in distress of the grievous event, Delaney said that he would remain strong for the rest of the family, who had shown extraordinary love during the times of trial.
His Heroes During The Ordeal
Even at a mourning time, Delaney maintained that there was still a silver lining. This was credited to those who had taken care of his son, including charity workers and nurses, which he referred to as his "heroes."
"The NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry's illness will be my heroes until the day I die. I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world," Delaney said.
He encouraged everyone to do an act of kindness by donating to Rainbow Trust and Noah's Ark, organizations which help families with kids who have terminal diseases. Delaney also took the time to ask for support for the National Health Service.
Furthermore, he asked fans to respect his family's privacy during this trying time. As a closing note, Delaney expressed his gratitude for Henry for the times they had shared.