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“God’s Up to Something GOOD”: Dad Captures Son Saying Final Goodbye to Dying Daughter

Starting in the summer of 2017, the Sooters went to Mexico every three to six weeks to get treatment for Addy… but sadly in May of this year, they received the heartwrenching news that her tumor was back and had spread down her whole spine.

There was truly nothing more that could be done, other than to say goodbye to their sweet little girl.

In an emotional post, Addy’s dad, Matt, shared an image of his son Jackson saying goodbye to his little sister, along with a caption that declared the goodness of God amidst this tragedy:

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“A little boy should not have to say goodbye to his partner in crime, his play mate, his best friend, his little sister. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. But this is the broken world we live in. Addy’s symptoms have progressed rapidly over the past day and a half. Yesterday she woke up as her spunky playful self. While we still see short instances of our girl she can no longer eat or swallow without difficulty and she’s sleeping most of the time now and we’ve admitted her into inpatient care. Most likely she doesn’t have much time left. For our family and close friends if you feel you need to tell her goodbye we recommend you contact us and do so soon. Pray for Jackson. He doesn’t want to leave her side and we won’t make him. Pray for us. That we have the right words and can make the necessary arrangements in time.

Always remember: God is in this situation, He’s up to something, and He’s up to something GOOD.”

On June 3, Addy took her final breath, surrounded by her family.

While they are devastated by her death, the Sooters remain confident that God will work all things out for good for those who love Him, as promised in Romans 8:28.

According to Matt, though they “miss their sissy,” they are glad she’s no longer in pain and is instead resting in the arms of Jesus.

Addy donated her brain, spine, and tumors to scientific research “in hopes of saving future children from a similar fate.”

In lieu of flowers, the Sooters requested that people “please consider making a donation to the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.”

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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