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Raising Funds for CLIC Sargent

Updated on October 15, 2014

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This is the story of Daniel who at the age of 5 years contracted leukemia while he was living abroad in Cyprus with his little brother and parents.

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There are lots of charities that are very worthy of support, clearly leukemia research and support is close to our hearts and it is unlikely that Daniel would have been alive today if it wasn't for the work of some of these charities. But there are other worthy causes and you can find out more about these charities and some of the sponsored events that have taken place in their support using the links below.

How CLIC Sargent helped us

You can coast through life thinking it won't happen to me, and then it does

Daniel was living in Cyprus with his mum and dad who were based there with the army.

First thing was when his mum became concerned that he suddenly had developed lots of bruising for no good reason.

It was bad timing because it was Easter weekend and the medical centers were a bit short staffed. Even so she decided to make an appointment to get Daniel looked at.

The staff at the medical center didn't really know what the problem was so referred Daniel to the local hospital.

24 hours later the whole family arrived back in the UK with one suitcase, the clothes they stood up in and an appointment at the Bristol children's hospital oncology unit.

Daniels leukemia was confirmed soon after.

Where was the help and support

At a time like this you need your family and friends

So where were we well all this was going on, unfortunately we had gone off on a skiing vacation and I had switched my mobile off for about 3 days, something I will never do again.

The first we heard was when I thought I'll just put my mobile on and see if there were any messages. Well the phone went bananas there was message after message asking us to get in touch as soon as possible, it was obvious it wasn't good news.

They did have some support, Daniel's uncle and aunty immediately booked some holidays and went to Bristol to help out, his other Grandma and Grandad also went to visit and to see what they could do. Big problem was though that no one really had accommodation close enough to the hospital to put them up, they really needed to be close to Daniel at this critical time and to stay with him in the hospital.

We hadn't even heard of CLIC Sargent

One suitcase and a baby to look after, who could help?

This is where they were first introduced to CLIC Sargent who had two large houses very close to the hospital.

They were offered a room in one of the houses so that they could arrange for at least one of them to be with Daniel all the time but they also had somewhere to go with his little brother, still a baby, when they needed to.

The houses were beautifully kitted out including a fully fitted kitchen with play areas in the garden and a games room inside in fact everything you would need to live comfortably.

The support and counseling were also made available immediately, there were play assistants in the hospital and the family were quickly introduced to other families in a similar predicament, not that they were taking much on board at these early stages.

Getting Home as fast as we could

Flying first class didn't even register

Meanwhile we cut short our holiday and asked our holiday insurance company to get us home. They were brilliant, they got us a first class flight out of Munich that same night and we got home the next day.

We didn't even realize we were in first class and just said no to everything we were offered during the flight.

Bet that was a first for the airline, they must have wondered what was going on.

We got to the hospital early that day to visit and to see Daniel. He was yellow, looked very ill and was about to start the battle of his life.

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Ongoing Support and Help

CLIC Sargent are there for you for as long as you need them

The doctors had explained that Daniel's treatment would last for 3 years (1 year longer than for a girl) and that he would need to be in remission for at least 5 years before the leukemia would be considered to be no more a threat for Daniel than anyone else, in other words he would be back to normal or as close as he could be.

I can't really go into the whole of the 3 years of treatment but I will say there were set backs and Daniel faced some very serious threats from infection during this period with emergency admissions to hospital for urgent treatment on several occasions, this was on top of the routine treatments of chemotherapy, lumber punctures, blood tests and a strict regime of medication morning and night.

It goes without saying that through the whole period of his treatment CLIC Sargent were there offering practical advice, counseling and helping the family, including home visits by the CLIC nurse and being introduced to others to form self help groups.

This was especially important during the first few months particularly as on top of everything else they had to re-locate back to the UK from Cyprus.

I will have lasting memories of cooking endless rounds of bacon and eggs to satisfy Daniel's craving. This happens as a result of taking the very strong steroids he had to have as a part of his medication. CLIC Sargent didn't help with that but then they can't do everything.

I have a huge admiration for his parents and the way they dealt with the crisis throughout the period of his illness, trying to live a normal happy family life.

Our story has a happy ending

For Daniel there was a happy ending, now fully recovered living a normal life

The main photo for the lens above is of Daniel living in Germany going to his school's dining out night, now a happy 11 year old.

The photo in the garage is when he was caught in the act with his little brother using my tools as he neared the end of his treatment and was well on the road to recovery.

Not all the stories have a happy ending a close friend of Daniel's, a little girl, also contracted leukemia, the same strain that Daniel had, she very sadly got an infection which she didn't recover from.

The reason I mention this is to highlight that there is still much work to do improving the treatments and trying to eradicate the death of any child through the contraction of this very serious disease.

Besides the support role that is provided, another function of CLIC Sargent is the funding of research into the disease and the development of more effective treatments.

Any money that this lens generates through advertising revenue is going to be donated to charity and I have included links to allow you to access the CLIC Sargent website to see what they do and to go directly to them to make a donation.

I didn't know we would ever need the support that CLIC Sargent provide but we were very glad of it when we did.

Help us make sure they are still able to be there for other people when they are needed and can continue to support the important research work that continues to this day.

Since writing this article I am sad to say my mother contracted cancer and has subsequently died. This charitable work needs to continue because the battle has not yet been won. Cancer is still taking lives and will continue to do so if ordinary everyday people don't support the causes that fund research into this disease. It is at the end of the day ordinary, everyday people who get the disease and who's lives are threatened by it.

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Let us know how CLIC Sargent or any other charity helped you out at a time of need and see if we can convince some people to support these brilliant organisations and the people who work for them.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Very touching.

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      drjimroberts 6 years ago

      Great post!

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      Weblady 7 years ago

      This is a lovely heart lifting story, but clearly this charity needs all the support it can get.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Childrens and Parenting Group that this lens belonged to has survived all the recent changes on Squidoo and is now a Lensography. This lens is now featured at Children and Parenting HQ.

      And of course this visit gives me the chance to re-Bless this excellent lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a very touching story but very inspiring too! Hope that alot of people would see this lens and help too!

      5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Am just revisiting the lenses in the Children and Parenting Group to say what a great selection of lenses we have on there and I am really pleased this is one of them! I hope the fund raising is going well and you have today been Blessed by an Angel.

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      Suelou 8 years ago

      Great cause which really should be supported, there is nothing worse than seeing children who are seriously ill.

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      kirstyrebecca 8 years ago

      This is a brilliant charity to support and anyone who has had a seriously ill child with these diseases will know that. So nice to see someone promoting support for these organisations.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      There are many good people and organizations out there to help. Now word just has to get out and people need to support their efforts. Great lens!

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

      Very touching - and happy end has always been my favorite - even in the movies... :)

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      SarfarazKhan 8 years ago

      Hi,

      This is a great posting to know about Raising Funds for CLIC Sargent. You can get also more information about Car Donations and Car Donations To Charity at United Society "Motor Vehicle Donations Program".

      I am so impress with your posting and waiting for next.

      Thanks.

      Sarfaraz Khan

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a moving story and I am so pleased it has had a happy ending. All the best to all of you.

      Thank you for submitting this lens to the Children and Parenting Group