Mothers are strong as hell. The act of giving birth alone is proof of that. But while having a child is hard, having a child with a severe or chronic illness is even harder. A commercial for an organization called the SickKids Foundation is opening eyes to the true strength of motherhood. The commercial was initially released in 2017 but is making the rounds once again for Mother’s Day.
The foundation has been around since 1972, but their history began back in 1875 after a woman named Elizabeth McMaster realized that too many infants were dying because of a lack of treatment facilities. She, along with others, opened a hospital that allowed sick kids to get the help they needed. Since then, the foundation has been making strides in science as well, even helping to further research for cystic fibrosis.
The below commercial is undeniably hard to watch, especially for parents who understand the feeling of wanting only the best for their child.
So you may want to grab the tissues. Seriously.
We warned you.
The fact of the matter is, this is the harsh reality for many moms out there when their child receives a life-changing diagnosis. Parents who’ve been through the struggle applaud the video on YouTube, and have continuously recommended it to others.
If you know a parent with a sick child, today might be a good day to reach out and let them know you’re there for them. And if you’re interested in making a monetary donation to the organization, you can do so directly here.