Early this year, Payson Altice and Mack Porter met at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Sadly, both the three-year-old toddlers, were fighting for their lives as they battled cancer. Mack was diagnosed with Stage 3 Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and Payson was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Due to the pandemic, the playroom and family room were closed, leaving the children feeling down and isolated. Until they found each other and became inseparable.
Through their misfortune, the young duo formed a special bond and became such good friends during their time in the hospital. With IV lines attached to them, they bonded over their love for Peppa Pig and shared their interests with one another. Eventually, both toddlers were discharged and are now in remission. After spending weeks apart, they were finally reunited at the end of July.
(Credits: abc News)
During the reunion, Mack presented Payson with a bouquet of flowers and the two friends hugged and danced. It was an emotional moment for them and their parents. Mack’s mother, Danielle, stated that it was just a blessing, being able to see their children being children.
Despite the scary and upsetting situation they were in, both Payson and Mack were able to find the silver lining and persevere. Not only do they set an example for those of us who are struggling with the pandemic or any other hardships, but in a way, their friendship also reminds us that life is short and unexpected, so we should always cherish those close to us and appreciate all the good in our lives.