Look at any mom’s phone and you’re sure to scroll from photo to photo of their baby.
Josie Rock, of Georgia, is no different – but what she captures in one photo sends chills down her spine.
She was taking pictures of her then 4 months old babyAsher, with her iPhone when the flash accidentally went off. He’s scared and widens his eyes, but Rock doesn’t think much of it until after she looks through the photos and notices that one of his wide eyes glows white instead of red.
“I was just taking a picture of him and the light just happened to change in our room, the flash caught the reflection and his eyes glowed white,” says Rock. Fox News.
“At that moment I knew that Asher had cancer. At least it’s chilling. It’s just a baby.”
Rock, a 41-year-old labor and delivery nurse, remembers learning about the “glow” caused by retinoblastoma, so she started taking more Photograph with flash on professional camera.
She showed the resulting photos to a few colleagues, who didn’t seem too worried, but after a visit to the pediatrician “just to be sure,” Rock was taken down. News No parent wants to hear.
“I remember the color on her (doctor’s) face disappeared after she did the proper examination,” Rock told Fox News. “She turned off the light and looked him in the eye and said, ‘Something’s wrong.'”
Asher was eventually diagnosed with type D retinoblastoma and had to be treated for a tumor in her eye.
“There are two types — genetic and non-genetic,” says Dr. Thomas Olson, director of the solid tumor program at Aflac Cancer Children’s Health Care Center in Atlanta. “People with genetics, their parents may have had it so they get tested at birth, while if you don’t have a family history, it’s very difficult to know if you have it.”
“He completed chemotherapy in 2015. The problem with retinoblastoma is that it can emerge elsewhere. Over time, he had a few new ones come out and they were lasered. “
Asher’s story went viral after it was shared by Atlanta’s Child Health Care on July 11. Since then, the family has given numerous interviews and hopes their story will help raise public awareness.
“The way I see it, if it only saved another kid from going through what my son went through, I would have done my duty as a parent with cancer.” Rock posted on Thursday. “I will never stop advocating for these kids.
“I will tell his story, until there is a cure. I will tell his story until more than 4% of the NIH budget goes to childhood cancer research.
“Once you are put in my place, such as mine and millions of other parents of children hurt (and many have lost their battles), then you will truly understand our passion. “