A grieving dad whose soulmate partner died of breast cancer faced further devastation as medics told him his son was suffering from a brain tumour.
Stephen Walder was already dealing with the grief of losing his partner of 10 years Cathy Temple, who died in January 2017 aged 33.
He was left to bring up the couple's our children on his own, Examiner Live reports.
In a further blow, their successful card business, which had at one time employed 25 people, hit the rocks and had to go into liquidation.
But Stephen was devastated yet again when doctors diagnosed his nine-year-old son Rueben with a malignant brain tumour on May 29 this year.
Only around 10 children in the UK develop such a tumour every year.
Stephen said he wants to do anything he can to avoid his son being in pain as he is set to undergo chemotherapy.
Stephen, 38, said: "He's my eldest son, there was a certain devastation.
"You just want to give your right arm for him.
"You just want to do anything you can to avoid him being in any pain or suffering."
Rueben bravely endured a seven-hour operation at Leeds Children's Hospital to remove the tumour four weeks after being diagnosed.
But two weeks later the family faced another setback as they discovered the tumour had grown back.
A further 10-hour operation had to be performed.
The youngster took a turn for the worse after the operation and was rushed into intensive care.
But he bravely bounced back from the brink and while other young lads are enjoying the tail-end of the summer holidays, Rueben is now set to undergo 30 sessions of radiotherapy which will then be followed by three to six months of chemotherapy.
But for Stephen and his new partner, Liz Robb, there's no time to feel sorry for themselves.
They have a total of nine children between them to care for, aged between two and 16.
And to show their gratitude to cancer charity The Candlelighters Trust, based in Leeds, which helps families get through such difficult circumstances, they are organising a special walk next month.
Liz said: "These guys have helped us beyond belief with grants, trips for the kids, plenty of hugs, cups of tea, a shoulder to cry on, talking therapy sessions for the family, amongst loads of other things."
The Warrior Mums Midnight Walk will take place on Saturday September 28, outside Holmfirth Holy Trinity Church and will finish nearly seven miles away in Marsden - where Rueben's mum used to live.
The aim is to raise £6,000 for the charity.
Already 70 mums are taking part in the event which was organised by the mums at Holmfirth J, I & N. Already £400 has been raised.
Stephen added: "The only way to try to get through this is to live in a kind of bubble - to focus on Rueben - and Candlelighters has helped us enormously and we want to give something back.
"Understandably, Rueben doesn't like hospitals but we just have to ride it out and hope for the best."