Dad dances outside hospital every week to cheer up teenage son with leukaemia


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A heartbreaking video of a dad dancing outside a hospital to cheer up his son has gone viral.

Shared on Facebook by Cook Children’s Medical Center in Texas, where the young boy is undergoing cancer treatment, many people said they were moved by the clip.

Aiden, 14, has acute lymphocytic leukaemia according to the medical centre, and was diagnosed towards the beginning of the pandemic.

Due to the virus outbreak, hospitals around the world have had to limit visitors.

At Cook Children’s Medical Center, only one parent is allowed to accompany child patients.

In Aiden’s case, it’s his mum Lori, which means dad Chuck can only see Aiden from afar.

In an effort to put a smile on his son’s face, Chuck can be seen doing silly dances outside the hospital every week.

And despite his illness, Aiden even joins in with the moves from his hospital room.

Mum Lori says it’s just one way the father and son maintain their bond through the tough time.

Chuck dancing for his son Aiden who is receiving cancer treatment (Picture: Cook Children’s Medical Center)

The medical centre wrote on Facebook: ‘Due to visitation restrictions, only one parent or caregiver is allowed into the medical centre per patient.

‘Every Tuesday while Aiden’s mum joins him in the clinic for cancer treatment, his dad, Chuck, stands outside and dances to lift Aiden’s spirits. Here is a highlight reel of Chuck’s best moves!’

The video tugged at people’s heartstrings and more than 65,000 people liked the clip and nearly 5,000 people left sweet messages.

One person wrote: ‘What precious moments between a father and his son!’ while another said: ‘GREAT JOB to that daddy!! Way to be present when you can’t be physically there! His wife and son will both never forget these moments.’

Others shared their own experiences of having a child with cancer in the family.

One parent wrote: ‘How precious. What a challenging time! My son did chemo last year over several months. I can’t imagine how hard it would be if both of us parents could not be there to support him. Prayers for your whole family.’

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