Photos: Cancer claims boy who inspired worldwide project




Posted on September 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 1:26 AM

DALLAS – The little boy at a center of a worldwide photo project has died.

Four-year-old Dyrk Burcie passed away Monday from terminal cancer, the family announced on Facebook.

He was in the final stages of cancer this summer, undergoing five surgeries, nine rounds of chemotherapy and a liver transplant. With the little time left in his life, a family friend decided to begin a campaign to make him smile.

It started in Dallas –– fireman Ronnie Roe sent word to colleagues at firehouses across the city to take photos for Dyrk. The firemen didn’t want to be outdone –– they used fire, tools and bodies to spell out Dyrk’s name.

Soon, sports teams picked up on it. Hospital nurses, too. Dirk Nowitzki held a sign reading, “I am Dyrk strong.” A crew on a naval ship spelled his name on the deck. Dyrk’s name was soon featured next to numerous world flags.

All for the smiles.

The Burcie family said funeral arrangements are pending. You can follow them on their Facebook page here. And here is the message the family posted, reminding everyone to stay Dyrk strong. 

Our hearts are all crushed on this sad day Jesus has called little Dyrk home. ♥ 

Shelley and Dameon will be posting funeral arrangements later this afternoon.

Please keep the Burcie family and everyone who became close to little Dyrk in prayer, as so many hearts are now broken.