Humans of Dublin, the folks who give us beautiful insight into the lives of Dubliners on a regular basis are doing something VERY special right now.
They’ve teamed up with the Childhood Cancer Foundation, which helps advocate for improved conditions and services for kids affected by cancer, which can cause harsh and life-long effects.
The foundation was set up in 2013 by parents and family members belonging to children suffering from the disease.
To support their great work which continues to promote better projects and services for children, Humans of Dublin are sharing some sincere and heart-warming stories from those who work on the frontline, fighting tirelessly to make life better for our children.
The St John’s Day Ward Play Specialist (a position funded by the Childhood Cancer Foundation) said;
“I use adapted dolls and teddies along with medical equipment to teach them about procedures and treatments. This way we can help them understand what is going to happen so they can feel a little more confident in a place where they have such little say.”
They also spoke to a father whose little 5-year-old girl was diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma which is fatal in about 70 percent of cases. He said;
“An unforgettable moment for me was after finishing the fourth round of extra chemo, after eight months of treatment.
“One of her nurses told her, ‘You are finished now, you’re ready to go home!’ As soon as she heard it, her eyes lit up, she picked up her magic wand and ran out of the room… shouting: ‘Magic chemo for everybody!’”
In Ireland, one in 300 kids will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 19. With treatment and chemo comes potentially life-changing effects where children will continue to need vital supports and care. To help and find out more, click here.