Mack Porter had only one request when he was done with his cancer treatment: the 3-year-old wanted to meet his best friend Payson Altice at the “doctor’s house.” They finally met and the video is a ray of hope as the world faces dark and difficult times during the pandemic.
A touching video of the reunion of two young children battling cancer together has left netizens emotional on social media.
Payson Altice and Mack Porter, both 3, met during their cancer treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2021, ABC News reported. After being away for weeks, the two friends, who were in remission, met again outside the hospital. The reunion of the two was caught on camera.
The clip shows Porter holding a bouquet and walking towards Altice. The two even cuddle and dance together. “*Payson and Mack forever*,” read the caption of the post, which was first shared on Instagram email@example.com documenting Porter’s battle with cancer.
In an interview with World News Tonight, the family said the moment was “unforgettable.” “It was a blessing to see how our children were children,” said Porter’s mother, Danielle Porter.
Altice’s mother, Tracey Altice, said in the interview that the two friends show how to get through difficult situations. “During these scary and difficult times,” she told the news website. “Whatever happens, just watch the children, for they will lead the way.”
The video was re-shared on the popular Twitter account @GoodNewsCorres1 and has been circulating on social media ever since. “You have a friend in me,” the tweet read.
YOU HAVE A FRIEND IN ME!
Dear friends Macky & Payson are so happy to see each other outside the hospital walls for the 1st time❤️😭
Macky is in remission from stage 3 anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
— GoodNewsCorrespondent (@GoodNewsCorres1) August 10, 2021
The video caused a plethora of comments among netizens, who were quite emotional after seeing the two children reunite. “These kids are such an example of resilience, strength and love,” one user wrote, while another commented, “we can learn a lot from kids!”
Great, we can learn a lot from Children!
— AlanJ (@CoversAlanj) August 15, 2021
OMG!! This makes my heart feel things.
— Kenny (@WarlockKenny) August 10, 2021
Love the kids… they are so innocent and sweet.
— Bella Dawn (@BellaDawn01527) August 11, 2021
Oh my heart! So so precious. May they both win. ️🙏🏻
— Angela Hartley (@ahart1023) August 10, 2021
These children are such examples of resilience, strength and love. 💓
Why can’t people unite and understand that during a pandemic we are wearing a mask for these brave fighting souls who have been through so much.
— MAW02🇨🇦 (@MAW023) August 10, 2021