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Brothers surprise cousin battling Leukemia with Valentine's sign

You Are Loved Sign outside Johns Hopkins Hospital in St. Petersburg
Posted at 6:00 PM, Feb 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-14 21:14:02-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Two brothers are on a mission to spread cheer just in time for valentine’s day!

18-year-old Andrew and 12-year-old Ethan Buck are on a mission to make others smile. One cardboard cut out at a time, the brothers put together a “you are loved” sign outside of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Pete.

“This virus has taught us a huge lesson to appreciate everyone more. I hope this can help show everyone, not just people in the hospital but everyone walking by, that we love each other,” Andrew said.

Their sign is directed towards all hospital workers, families with sick children, and anyone needing a little extra cheer. Yet, they picked Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for a particular reason: Their 5-year-old cousin, Ryan Buck, is battling leukemia and is hospitalized on the 7th floor. Since COVID protocols keep the brothers from going inside, the sign is perfectly positioned for Ryan to see it from his hospital room.

“This little thing we can do gives him that little bit of hope to keep going and keep trying through this hard time,” Ethan explained with a smile.

Valentine Sign Johns Hopkins
A sweet Valentine’s moment from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. A cancer patient at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital was reminded of how much he is loved today. 5-year-old patient Ryan Buck received a sweet surprise when his cousins, 18-year-old Andrew and 12-year-old Ethan, posted a colorful sign that reads “You Are Loved” below his 7th floor hospital window. His cousins sent up a pair of binoculars so Ryan could get a close-up look at the message on the grass down below. The sign is also a “thank you” to the hospital staff who care for Ryan and all of the patients at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Valentine’s Day is super special because it might sound corny we love you but it really means we are there for you, we care for you and we’re one big family,” big brother Andrew chimed in.

Their cousin Ryan was able to see the sign from his room using binoculars. The moment he spotted it he waved and exclaimed, “Hi guys! Happy Valentine’s Day!”

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ABC Action News first introduced you to the older brother, Andrew Buck, when he started his own Epic Yard Cards company during the pandemic to spread love to families across the bay area. ABC Action News highlighted one of those card displays outside of a senior living community in the Westchase area of Tampa.

Now, the Buck brothers hope this new sign sends a message of love to everyone.

“It would be so great to see random people walking through taking pictures with the sign or couples holding hands. People getting hope from seeing this to know if they’re going through a hard time there is always fun on the other side,” Ethan added.

They also hope the message will inspire Ryan to keep fighting. The Buck family tells ABC Action News that Ryan was supposed to be sent back home but a bone marrow transplant complication delayed his discharge from the hospital.