Two-Year-Old Battling Leukemia Surprised with Emotional Father-Daughter Dance

Phoenix Thompson had just finished her first round of chemotherapy at an Atlanta hospital when her father, Brett, showed up for a very special daddy-daughter dance.

Phoenix, who is just 2 years old, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on Aug. 2 and, two days later, began an aggressive chemotherapy treatment at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

On the last day of her first round, the nurses presented Phoenix with a yellow dress for her to wear, which they claimed had been donated (in truth, Phoenix’s dad had dropped it off for her).

Minutes later, Brett showed up to her hospital room in a tuxedo. Try not to cry while watching this video of the father-daughter dance posted to Facebook last month by Phoenix’s mom, Christina Thompson:

“I don’t think I could have picked a better man for my kids,” Thompson wrote on Facebook. “At 2 years old this is hard on her on her family and the people that love her. These little moments make these times not so hard.”

She continued, “Brett thank you for being just what our children need. Did I mention she really loves her daddy[?]”

The video has been viewed over 238,000 times so far, and of course, it’s stolen people’s hearts. One Twitter user, @JaneWalls20, called it “such a sweet daddy daughter moment.”

The Thompsons started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their daughter’s medical bills, as well as other financial expenses. Phoenix will undergo four rounds of chemo over the course of five months.

So far, they have been able to raise around $28,000 of their $30,000 goal.

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