Rylee Black remembers the day it all changed, when she and her father were enjoying a day of camping. Instead of picturing it as aÂ day filled with family memories, nature, and the outdoors, she remembers it as the day her father found a holeÂ in his throat.
â€œWe got scared,â€ Black, 20, tellsÂ Yahoo Beauty.Â â€œWe didnâ€™t know what it was, so he scheduled an appointment with the doctor.â€
As a result, Blackâ€™s father was diagnosed with stageÂ IV throat cancer. That was two years ago.
â€œThroughout the whole process my dad has only shown me strength,â€ she says. â€œI love and care for him very much.â€
Her father, a mechanic, had to stop working because of the illness. Her mother is a hairdresser whoÂ works from home.
â€œMy mom has become his caretaker.Â She makes sure he goes to all the appointments and sheâ€™s always on top of what medicine he needs to take,â€ she says. â€œShe is the backbone of our family.â€
Blackâ€™s family and friends have been emotionally and financially supportive throughout the past two years. However, money was beginningÂ to thin out to pay for the expensive cancer treatments, and they stopped receivingÂ donations.
â€œI noticed my dadâ€™s spirits were down,â€ Black says. â€œAs a daughter it was so hard for me.Â Heâ€™s my hero â€” I just want him to be happy and get well.â€
An artist since she was very young, she decided to put her skills and talents to use to help her family the best way she knew how.
Early this month, sheÂ tweeted, â€œMy dad has stage 4 head and neck cancer and Iâ€™m raising money for his medical bills by doing custom paintings. Please spread the word.â€
Black offers personalized pet portraits in return for donations to her fatherâ€™s YouCaringÂ page.
My dad has stage 4 head and neck cancer and I’m raising money for his medical bills by doing custom paintings. Please spread the word ???? pic.twitter.com/BxcAKRuZdN
â€” rylee (@ryleesara_) June 3, 2017
Her effort to raise funds for her cancer-sick fatherâ€™s treatment went viral.Â The original post currently has nearly 16,000 retweets and more than 15,000 likes.
I would love a painting of my dog! How does it work? pic.twitter.com/z8Lz68TEGm
â€” Liza (@h_lizaa) June 4, 2017
Can you paint this picture of my Turbo? â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/KXYiJFCNhV
â€” Ashley Nunez (@Ashleeynunez) June 4, 2017
Hey you prob have hundreds of requests but would love you to paint my cat! His Instagram is @stanleyfluffycat if you wanna see more pics pic.twitter.com/3fndiAT0CT
â€” Cathy Ellerbeck (@Cathyy_Elle) June 4, 2017
Iâ€™d love to buy two paintings of my dogs! (: pic.twitter.com/Rpp0aBm8ee
â€” Daniâ˜½ (@danijpeterson) June 4, 2017
Would this be possible to do?? pic.twitter.com/vPQuuMZFu0
â€” Maddy Kelly (@maddykelly10) June 4, 2017
Black is overwhelmed by the response toÂ her tweet but thankful it happened.
Black says she will get little sleepÂ in the next few weeks, as she will be pulling all-nighters filling all the commissions for dog portraits from donors toÂ her fatherâ€™s YouCaring page.
â€œIâ€™m so happy my dad is smiling again.Â This whole thingÂ has been such a blessing,â€ she says. â€œPeopleÂ have shared with me similar stories and it makes me feel that he can overcome thisÂ â€” I am positive heâ€™s going to be OK.â€