A Brazilian father who lost three children to cancer has tragically died of the same hereditary disease.
Régis Feitosa Mota, 53, was born with Li-Fraumeni syndrome, a condition that increases the chances of developing cancerous tumors, Jam Press reports.
The lifetime risk of developing cancer is 70% for men and 90% for women.
People with the disorder may be stricken with more than one cancer in their lifetime.
Mota was diagnosed with cancer three times between 2016 and 2023.
The multiple myeloma news came in January.
“We discovered yet another disease,” he said at the time. “We have already treated lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which are now stabilized.”
“But we have been treating them, they are not cured,” he continued. “This time, we discovered multiple myeloma, which even affects the bones.”
Mota said on social media last week that he was in the hospital awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
However, he, unfortunately, died Sunday in Ceará, Brazil — which is Father’s Day in the South American country.
“Our warrior went to meet his children exactly on Father’s Day,” mourned Mota’s brother, Rogério Feitosa Mota. “May God take you, my brother! We love you so much.”
“My friends, I never imagined making this post,” wrote Mota’s wife, Mariella Pompeu. “I never prepared myself for this moment because I was always convinced Régis would make a full recovery.”
“It’s an indescribable pain,” she continued. “The ground has opened up and I don’t know what life will be like without his affection, companionship, and absolute love.”
The couple’s youngest child, Beatriz, died of leukemia in 2018 at just 10 years old.
Son Pedro died of a brain tumor in 2020 at 22, and daughter Anna Carolina succumbed to a brain tumor in 2022, at the age of 25, after previously beating leukemia.