"I was going to donate $7600.00 to her fund, but I found out her parents are lesbian."
Little Callie June has captured the hearts of social media on her journey through cancer treatment despite one homophobe who went out of their way to make what should be a compassionate ordeal into a political one.
Callie is 18-months old and has stage 4 cancer. Her parents Tiffany and Albree Shaffer are trying to raise money any way they can to pay for the expensive treatments. They created a Facebook page entitled Callie Strong, Tiny but mighty.
From bracelets and pendants on Etsy to a GoFundMe page, her moms are slowly making a dent in the mounting debt.
But one would-be donor who at first appeared to be moved by Callie's story and seemed prepared to make a sizable donation withdrew her generosity when she found out Callie's parents are lesbian.
Instead of just clicking away from the Facebook page and going about their business the potential donor cast a pall over an already painful situation:
“My prayers for Callie. I was going to donate $7600.00 to her fund, but I found out her parents are lesbian," they wrote. "I’ve chosen to donate to St. Jude due to that fact. Sorry. I’ll still pray for her though, but maybe it’s God’s way of getting your attention that she needs a mommy and a daddy, not two mommies."
Callie was diagnosed with advanced neuroblastoma on New Year’s Day according to her family.
“She will need 18 months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, she will need a bone marrow transplant, and also will need future surgery to remove the tumor once it shrinks,” reads the GoFundMe.
Despite the dire circumstances and the words of a judgemental donor, her ever-vigilant parents said although they were saddened by the statement, it was kind of a blessing in disguise.
“The most important part to us is the love, support and prayers to our little Callie.”
Tiffany and Albree have noticed since the story broke that support has increased by thousands of Callie fans who are genuinely hopeful of her journey and not concerned with the relationship status of her parents.
"We have went from a few thousand likes on her Facebook page to almost 8,000 since the original post and the original post on her page has reached 1.1 million people," according to KTVU.
As for Callie, there are good days and bad ones. This week has been particularly hard due to the harsh side effects of chemo.
Her fans have inundated her Facebook page with genuine well-wishes.
"Callie sending you love and hugs all the way from Perth Western Australia. Hope you start to feel a little bit better love. You are an amazing little girl who has been through so much, I had someone say a prayer for me now I am going to do the same for youxxx." wrote Roxanne Ware.
Rebecca Hildreth Cooper also sent kind words, "Oh precious baby girl, we are praying for you to feel better. I’m so sorry you’re having to go thru this. We’re all here for you, praying and many soft hugs!"
It's been a bumpy road say her parents, but they are determined to win this battle. Until they do, they ask, "Please keep Callie and our family in your thoughts and prayers!"
For information on how you can help Callie, visit their Facebook page HERE.