It’s impossible to predict when or where you’ll meet someone wonderful. It arrived at an unexpected time for babies Payson Altice and Mack Porter. When the three-year-olds met in Phoenix Children’s Hospital, they were both battling cancer and developed an unshakable relationship. They were apart for months while undergoing treatment before reuniting again. After little guy Mack offered Payson flowers, the two, who are now in remission, embraced and danced.
Mack was eager to resume his game of “doctor house” with his closest friend, Payson. “His first inquiry every morning was, ‘When can I play with Payson?'” was said by mother Dani Porter.
Porter observed a “spunky” little girl with enormous mylar balloons strolling down the corridor at the hospital and knew she was someone special. Porter remarked, “I just knew Mack would like her.”
Porter approached Traci Barrett, Payson’s mother, and asked if they wanted to go for a stroll. Porter explained that COVID forced the closure of the playroom and the family room. “Payson was completely cut off from the rest of the world. Because of the epidemic, it was extremely difficult to meet new individuals. “Every five minutes, she’d beg for new toys,” Barrett said. “And then there was Mack.”
Porter added, “Traci and I were both crying watching them just be kids.” “As soon as Mack woke up, he said, ‘I need to locate Payson and get her a present.'”
Despite the obviously grim circumstances, the two found delight in one another’s companionship, despite the fact that their small bodies were hooked to IV lines. They were both fighting separate types of childhood cancer, but they didn’t let it get to them.
Peppa Pig and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were two of their favourite cartoons. Mack even demonstrated to Payson his dance abilities, which he had learnt from his elder sisters. They also emailed one other ridiculous videos throughout their time apart.
The two reside 30 minutes apart in Arizona and even went swimming together following their reconnection. Porter explained, “It’s simply a really great friendship.” “It’s indescribable,” Barrett added.
Mack and Payson’s family feel the two are incredibly strong for having survived such adversity at such a young age… and they did it together. Mack’s father, Ty Porter, stated, “They know what each other are going through, like, they know the heart.” “Where we can all make educated guesses and comprehend it a little bit, but they know three-year-old paediatric cancer.”
Even though they were separated for two months after leaving the hospital, they found methods to keep their bond alive. Mack’s mother revealed, “During that period, those two months, they would send videos back and forth, FaceTime.” “And they kept questioning each other about each other.” “There are so many difficult aspects to the human experience, and it can be so much better if we’re just nice to each other,” Dani remarked.
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