Posted On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 08:59:30 AM
Dallas: When his four-year-old son was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Dameon Burcie’s fellow Dallas firefighters decided to do something to cheer up the family. Soon, other departments caught on, photos multiplied and messages poured in to the Facebook page devoted to little Dyrk Burcie.
• Texan firefighters pose with a tribute — one of the many for little Dyrk, suffering from terminal cancer (right)
One had Dyrk’s name spelled in fire, another in uniforms. For the family, it was one small act of kindness that snowballed, brightening some very dark days, reports The Huffington Post. “In a horrible situation like this, it’s nice to see that it is bringing people together, bringing communities closer together,” said Dameon.
Dyrk was just three when his parents felt a mass on his abdomen. Doctors diagnosed Dyrk with pediatric liver cancer and found that it had spread to both his lungs. Dyrk underwent nine rounds of chemotherapy and a liver transplant, but nothing worked.
In April, Dameon said the family decided to stop intensive treatment and make the most of the time Dyrk has left. After the Burcies made their decision, family friend and fellow Dallas firefighter Ronnie Roe talked to other firefighters about a way to help. “And then it morphed into ‘Dyrkstrong’,” he said.
Firehouses across Dallas sent in photos posing with signs emblazoned with Dyrk’s name. As the story attracted local television coverage, the stream of photos turned into a flood.
Cory Crowell, a Longview firefighter, said, “We truly, truly wish the best for this little boy and hopes he beats his cancer.” Dameon said his son had seen a lot of the photos posted online and had a few favorites, including the Transformers trucks. The father said he plans to eventually download all the photos, which had brought a welcome smile to tough times.