“We met Chris and Ursula from the Children with Cancer Fund when Ruby was going through her second round of cancer treatment.

Previously, Ruby had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, Medulloblastoma, when she was two years old, she had to have two surgeries, including full removal of the tumour, and completed nearly a years worth of intense chemotherapy. Unfortunately, after being in remission, Ruby relapsed eight months later.

This meant more surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. As a family we were besides ourselves and felt hopeless. Besides the shock of another diagnosis, the trauma of seeing our daughter go through treatment was something we wouldn’t wish on anyone. It was a very dark time for us as a family.

Our local nurse put us in touch with CWCF and soon enough we got an email from them asking whether we would like anything, they said everyone in the family including my then 7-year-old son can have a wish that would be granted. Previously, I hadn’t thought of asking charities for help as I hoped the treatment would be over quickly and life would go back to normal. Well, little did I know the difference other people can make to your own family and journey. It is true when people say the kindness of strangers can be overwhelming at times. CWCF granted us all our wishes, and we went to meet Chris and Ursula, the kindness and welcome nature were reassuring and our situation was very familiar to them. Having a child with cancer can seem very isolating and although friends and family do their best to support, it’s very daunting for everyone involved.

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