Widowed foster father with cancer only takes terminally ill children so they don’t have to die alone

Not all heroes wear capes!

This widowed foster father’s “life’s mission” is to care for terminally ill children so that they don’t have to die alone.

Mohamed Bzeek, 65, living in Los Angeles, adopts terminally ill children who have no one else. As per NEWSNER, he works with the LA’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS).


Since Mohamed first started his mission, he had taken care of 80 children, ten of whom died in his arms. Despite the grieving pain, he has vowed to continue his selfless work. In an interview with IMAGE, he said:

“In 1995, we[Mohamed and his late wife] decided to adopt orphans left at hospitals or taken from their families by the state because of violence and pressure. The only house that accepts orphans and children who are about to die in Los Angeles is my house. I have dealt with 80 children since 1989. Ten children lost their lives in my arms.”

Mohamed’s house is the only house that takes in terminally ill children in LA, he claims.

Reportedly, every time the Los Angeles DCFS has an orphan in such a distressing condition, they call the benevolent widower. Mr. Bzeek is always willing to help the department and the children in need of care. He shares:

“They know that I do not hesitate to accept. If I don’t, they are sent to hospitals and don’t have a family or house. However, when I take them, they feel a family atmosphere. They feel safe and are loved until the end of their lives.”


The heroism of Mohamed doesn’t stop with creating a loving environment for the children. He also takes care of his own son, who was born with dwarfism and osteogenesis impefecta. What is more, Mr. Bzeek himself was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer in 2017. The compassionate man admits he was scared when he found out about his condition, adding:

“I felt the same what the kids feel. They are alone. If I am 62 [now 65] and I am scared, what about them?”

To help Mohamed with his incredibly selfless work, Margaret Cotts has established a GoFundMe page. The initial goal of the fundraiser was $100,000, but kindhearted people from all over the world have donated nearly $700,000. The founder of the page quotes Mr. Bzeek, who has been a foster father for over 20 years:

“The key is you have to love them like your own.”

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