Cancer is a devastating disease in whatever form it takes,
striking down the innocent without discrimination. Being told your child has
cancer as well as being an incredible shock, is every parent's nightmare and we
can't begin to tell you how helpless and isolated it makes you feel. Watching
them try to cope with the onslaught of side effects brought on by the
chemotherapy, headaches, stomach cramps, mouth ulcers to name a few, or trying
to encourage them to eat when even the smell of food makes them feel sick, is heart-breaking.
The endless round of blood tests or transfusions and waiting days for results
from scans is difficult for an adult to endure, let alone a child entering the
emotional upheaval of adolescence. Some
of the children, or indeed babies, have to tolerate this treatment for three or
four years, and can be on the ward for two or three weeks at a time away from
the normal life, friends and the security of the environment they know. Preventing
them giving up and keeping their spirits high is a full time job, requiring boundless
energy and resources. Believe me we know, being now champion FIFA players!
When fully recovered, Oliver and some of his friends
from The Elms School, Long Eaton in Nottingham, are taking part in a sponsored
5k run and we his family and friends are also holding “Oliver's Party,” a
celebration of his winning fight, and a fund raising event from which all
proceeds will go to the Ward. We are dedicated to making this happen, but we also
need your support to do it. We would be grateful for any donations, no matter how
small, to help us achieve our target of £15,000.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.