Dad With Brain Cancer Travels From ICU To Delivery Room For Son’s Birth


Giving birth is usually an emotional experience, but this particular story is a particularly potent birth.



On September 18, Colorado photographer and videographer birth Boccolucci Sarah had the opportunity to document the birth of the baby Levon, the son of Jessica Li and her fiance Cagney Wenk. The experience was particularly poignant because Cagney had been diagnosed with an aggressive, the fourth stage of cancer only three weeks before the due date of Jessica and was being treated at the same hospital where the birth took place.

sister Cagney, Marissa Wenk, told The Huffington Post that his brother was diagnosed with glioblastoma in the brain after experiencing headaches for three days.

Since then, it has undergone many treatments including a biopsy and craniotomy, a surgical procedure in which a portion of the skull temporarily removed to relieve pressure.

Cagney is also undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, which will end in less than five weeks.

Cagney was recovering from brain surgery in ICU when their nurses decided they wanted to do something special for the family waiting. Now I came to lay me down to sleep – an organization that provides remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby -. Cagney to take photos of their newborn

Sarah Boccolucci offered his services as a photographer, but she also spoke with one of the ICU nurses on documentation of birth of Levon, as it is their specialty area. The family accepted his offer, and when the day came, Sarah met the family at the Community Hospital Boulder.

Hospital employees Cagney led to the delivery room and the birth of the ICU when Jessica started active work.

Hospital employees Cagney led to the delivery room and the birth of the ICU when Jessica started active work. As shown in the video of Sarah, the birth was a powerful experience.

“The video was really for the family to have it as a memory of a magical moment,” Marissa said. “I think the video shows all their reactions. There were so many tears, emotions and so much love!”

Sarah posted the video on his Facebook page to share the story of the couple and encourage viewers to donate to his campaign fundraising GiveForward.

“There is a point during birth, where Cagney tells Jessica that are surrounded by all the love in the world right now,” he told HuffPost. “I hope that people see the video, feel the love this family shares, and help lift up and make a donation if they can.”

“I hope that people see the video, feel the love this family shares, and help lift up and make a donation if they are able,” Boccolucci said.

Photographer and videographer wants viewers to recognize the shapes of the hospital was above and beyond to make this happen birth experience.

As new parents, family and friends are optimistic about the future as Cagney battles of his illness.

“My hope is that the family receives all the support you can and keep hoping that Cagney will beat this cancer,” said Boccolucci.


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