A picture posted on the Internet Friday shows a 21-year-old dying cancer patient saying his final goodbye to his beloved childhood dog.
The photograph, shared on popular website Reddit, captures Mike Petrosino visiting with his dog Rusty one last time. Doctors expect Mike to succumb to his battle with cancer in just days.
“My friend Mike was diagnosed with cancer in the 8th grade. He was given a 3% chance to survive the first year. Two days ago we found out that after 8 years, the amputation of his leg, and four rounds of cancer that there’s now nothing that they can do,” the Reddit post said. “This picture was taken by his brother yesterday.”
“I just got back from Mass General and got to say goodbye with a bunch of old friends,” it added. “He’s the bravest guy I’ve ever met and all he did the entire day was make sure everyone else was okay.”
Mike’s brother, John, told TheBlaze it was an incredibly moving moment.
“That was by far one of the most touching moments of my life,” he said Friday.