Nobody wants to face the end of their child's life, do they? Yet, that's exactly what this mother had to do and she wants the world to know of his bravery.
This Ruth Scully and her son Nolan. Nolan died on the 7th of February, 2017.
Nolan suffered throughout nearly all of his life with Rhabdomyosarcoma. It's a very rare form of cancer which affects the soft tissues of the body first.
Nolan would only get 4 years to live his life, but he made the most of them. His mom said that he showed courage and optimism every day and balanced it with maturity.
It was Nolan's spirit and character that led to Ruth telling his story to the world on Facebook.
Ruth said, "When I brought Nolan to the hospital for the last time, I knew there was something else wrong other than just a lingering case of C. Diff (a bacterium that can infect the bowel and cause diarrhea). I just knew, and strange enough, I think he did too. He hadn't eaten or drank anything in days and was continually vomiting."
Ruth and Nolan met with his oncologist who confirmed that there were no more treatment options open to them. Nolan's condition would soon be terminal.
As any mother would, she tried to make Nolan's last days comfortable. She says she wept when signing his Do Not Resuscitate Order even knowing it was the right thing to do.
Nolan's last act was one of bravery. He woke just before the end and reached out to comfort his mother and said, "I love you, mummy." Ruth says, "My son died a hero. He brought communities together, different occupations, made a difference in people's lives all around the world."