Dad With Cancer Travels From ICU To Delivery Room For Birth Of His Son
We are rooting for this sweet young family.
“We have all the love in the world around us right now.” Those are the words Cagney Wenk uttered after the birth of his son, Levon, according to Huffington Post. Beaming like a new father, Wenk had tears streaming down his face and was audibly choked up when he and his fiancee, Jessica Li, welcome their baby boy into the world.
But Wenk was battling more than just the tears and fears that come with new parenthood. At age 26, Wenk was diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma brain cancer just three weeks prior to the birth of his son.
In the weeks leading up to the birth, Wenk had undergone many treatments, including a biopsy, craniotomy, radiation and chemotherapy at the same hospital where his fiancee was planning to deliver their baby. But, none of this would keep him from the birth of his son, thanks to some determined nurses.
His nursing team at Boulder Community Hospital had a plan to make sure Wenk was able to attend Levon’s birth while recovering from brain surgery in the ICU. But they went above and beyond when they reached out to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep , a nonprofit that provides free professional photos to families dealing with the loss of an infant. The nursing team ask the company to capture the beautiful moment of Levon’s birth.
Photographer Sarah Boccolucci volunteered for this special circumstance and the photos and video she created are beautiful and poignant. Get your tissues ready before you watch her short film of this family’s inspiring story.
Boccolucci told Huffington Post her inspiration for volunteering to help this family: “My hope is that the family gets all the support they can and remain hopeful that Cagney will beat this cancer.”
If you would like to learn more about Wenk and his new family, and offer your support, you can join their GiveForward fundraising campaign.