When children get cancer

Pudsey BearIt shouldn’t be allowed should it? That our tiny ones get cancer and turn our worlds upside down. I think it’s every parent’s worst nightmare and one we gladly push from our mind and swiftly turn our dark thoughts to something brighter but when news arrives that a child in your local community has been struck down, well it makes you stop and think.

It makes you look up to the sky and thank the Heavens that it isn’t you, you hug your children closer and count your blessings praying that it will never be you that has to deal with such an experience.

Two days ago I was invited to a local community party P for Party! It’s a fundraising event for toddlers. There will be plenty of their favourite characters there to play with them Peppa Pig, Peter Rabbit, Pudsey Bear, there will be face painters, entertainers and lots of fun things to do all we have to do is dress up in something beginning with P (Princesses in our case), take a picnic and pay our £5 ticket per child.

Fun you may think and well yes, it is going to be a lot of fun but it’s to raise money for a little 2 year old in our community. He’s got Rhabdomyasarcoma Cancer Fewer than 60 children are diagnosed with this form of cancer in the UK each year, rhabdomyasarcoma is the most common of the soft tissue sarcomas in children quoted from the Macmillan cancer site.

This little boy (who I won’t name as I haven’t spoken directly with the parents yet) has a tumour the size of a large bar of soap. He is already undergoing chemotherapy but he needs a very special Proton Radio Therapy that is only available right now in the United States of America. So his family will be flying over to the States for 3 months in July.

We have a wonderful lady in our community Clare, she organises lots of events all raising money for various charities, we went to her Pudsey Bear event a while back if you remember? Well she’s throwing P is for Party to raise funds for the family so they can go to the States without having to worry about bills and concentrate all their energy on their sons treatment. Everyone wants him to get better.

Can you help? Yes.

If you are a PR or marketing manager, I am kindly asking for any of your products that you can spare, Clare will be organising a Spring Ball amongst other events and we shall sell raffle tickets for any products received. I will also name your products here on Mari’s World with your preferred links on a special designated post to thank you personally for your kindness. ANY products will be gratefully received, TOYS, books, clothes, household items, beauty products ANYTHING

Are you a blogger/Tweeter? You can help by getting this message out there even further, a simple Facebook like, a share on Facebook and a Tweet or a RT goes a long long way in getting the message out there, any help will be most gratefully received.

Are you touched by this story? Would you like to donate something towards the fund? Please leave a comment below. I need to contact Clare to see if there is a Just Giving page set up and if there is I will get right back to you via your email address (which is never made public but I can see it) with details once I have confirmation.

Are you a regular reader? Below the post is a range of buttons for you to share this post to STUMBLE UPON please, it will spread the message like wildfire and that’s what I need, you may have to sign up if it’s your first Stumble but it doesn’t take too long and you can find some excellent stuff on there.

Like Mari’s World on Facebook and be kept up to date with all the (hopefully lots) products rolling in to raise money for this family and please don’t hesitate to contact me for any information mari (at) marisworld (dot) co (dot) uk

I hope to speak to the family one day but right now they’re struggling to come to terms with their situation so I have to ask your trust on this one until that time arises.

I’m linking this up to Nickie’s Typecast Clic Sargent Do Something Yummy under prompt 2 Do you have experience of childhood cancer?

9 Comments

  1. Glenda
    February 3, 2012 / 11:27 AM

    Hi Mari, I will ask if there are any products around here that we can send. Do I send to you?

    • Mari
      Author
      February 3, 2012 / 11:55 AM

      Yes please Glenda, The events are all taking place in our local community so I will personally drop them off, thank you xx

  2. February 4, 2012 / 11:16 PM

    Thanks for sharing this post for the #dosomethingyummy campaign – awareness needs to be raised all over the place!!  

    • Mari
      Author
      February 6, 2012 / 4:33 PM

      Fingers crossed Nickie, it would be so good to be able to help the family at such a devastating time

  3. Nicola
    February 6, 2012 / 1:15 PM

    Thankyou for supporting #dosomethingyummy and I really hope this little boy gets the funds and treatment he needs. 

    • Mari
      Author
      February 6, 2012 / 4:35 PM

      Thanks Nicola, #dosomethingyummy is a fabulous campaign and like you say I hope we can get to help this little boy and his family. In fact speaking to friends of the family I understand they are in touch with Clic Sargent who are helping the older sister come to terms with what’s happening in her family

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