Mohamed Bzeek fosters terminally ill children no one else will take—despite battling cancer himself.
The single dad has fostered more than 80 children, 10 of whom have passed away in his care.
“I’ve been in their shoes. I felt the same what they felt when I was in the hospital by myself and facing everything by myself,” he stated.
Bzeek has been a foster dad for nearly 30 years and is currently caring for an eight-year-old girl. He has had his current foster daughter since she was a baby.
“When I took her, she was like six weeks old. I talk with the doctors and they said really her diagnosis not good. You are lucky if she lives few weeks, few months,” he said. “But now look, she just celebrated her 8th birthday.”
Bzeek and his wife began fostering terminally ill children in 1995, but in 2014, she became ill and later passed away. He then quit his job as an engineer and started fostering full time. He has one biological child of his own who was born with brittle bone disease and dwarfism. The college student lives at home.
In 2016, he was diagnosed with colon cancer and beat it, which made him even more devoted to fostering.
“Each kid has rights to have a family, a place called home, feel that he loves them and take care of them and be with them in their hard time and the last minute of their life,” he stated.