15 February 2018 is International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) and Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation visited Nanakali Hospital to distribute toys and gifts for the children here. While children can be generally resilient, parents and relatives also live with the stress and pain that having a child with cancer can bring.
In 2016, Mohammed woke during the night with excruciating pain in his leg. After being hospitalized, they found a tumor in his leg which was treated with medication. Eventually, Mohammed underwent surgery to remove the tumor and his mother said he became so happy that he was able to fight and overcome this cancer. But, life can be hard sometimes, Mohammed’s cancer has now spread to his brain and he is undergoing chemotherapy. Mohammed’s mother tells Bring Hope that he has become very sad, learning that he has cancer again which spread to his brain. At just 10 years old (fifth grade), Mohammed is experiencing something no adult would want to deal with, yet as he has no choice he tries to be brave. When Bring Hope handed Mohammed his gift, a toy, a smile appeared on his face and his mother started to weep. She said, “…he can forget his pain for a little bit”. These children deserve to live happy, healthy lives, but cancer changes life. Children are our future, we will do our best to keep placing smiles on the faces of our most vulnerable group, the children. To help, see bringhope.info.