For the past few years, Erin has known little more than hospitals, doctors, chemotherapy, and needles.
Erin was so little – just old enough to start kindergarten – when her life changed. It began when her mum Kathy noticed she was struggling to breathe. As Kathy explained to me:
“I took her to the GP just to make sure she was okay and he sent us to get an x-ray. The radiologist immediately sent us back to our GP with the x-ray, so we knew there was something wrong. An hour and a half later we were at the Royal Children’s Hospital and there was a multitude of doctors all staring at the x-ray trying to work out what was going on.”
Kath said she and husband Guy knew there was something terribly wrong when doctors asked if there was cancer in their families. Kath’s voice trembled when she recalled how sick and worried she and Guy felt:
“We couldn’t let Erin see how afraid we were, but inside our hearts were breaking.”
Meanwhile, the doctors kept finding more. The situation was to become even worse.
“Erin’s lung had collapsed and they had to operate immediately. When they did, they found malignant tumours in her lung. They ran all sorts of tests and the next day they told us the news – Erin had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was three-years-old.
It had only been about 24 hours since I took Erin to the GP. Our life just changed in the blink of an eye.”
Despite all that Erin has been through, there is something that gives her the strength to keep fighting; something she is looking forward to more than anything else – her Make-A-Wish® wish.
Erin’s wish is to be a princess for a day on 26 September, her birthday.
In her dreams, she rides in a carriage to a wonderful princess party. All her friends and family are there. She imagines wearing a beautiful pink dress and sparkly earrings. In this lovely wish, her big sister Chloe is a princess too, and everyone is happy.
However, the demand for Make-A-Wish wishes has grown significantly over the last two years. This, coupled with the current economic climate, has meant we’ve struggled to meet rising demand for wishes.
Can you help Erin – and other children like her – by making a donation today?
Granting a child’s wish is something that we can do together. Even though Erin’s wish hasn’t been granted yet, mum Kathy can already see how much of a difference it is making.
“The impact of a wish is so strong. It’s that whole idea that something bright and positive is going to come. Children just need to feel some magic in their lives, just some happiness.
Erin has been exposed to so many horrible things, so much heartache. Now she has something to focus on. It’s a way of celebrating her getting through it, something to try and make up for all the things she’s missed out on.
When she thinks about it, you can just see her eyes glisten.”
Kathy and Guy knew they had to give Erin something positive to hang on to. They asked her: “When all this is over, what is the one thing you would love to do? What would be your greatest wish?” And that is how Erin’s wish for a princess party came about.
After everything that she has been through, it’s easy to understand why Erin needs to feel special – as special as a princess!
With your help, Make-A-Wish can make sure that Erin and other seriously-ill children have something to hope for; something to take their minds off what they’re going through.
Please open your heart and give today. With your help, Erin will be a beautiful princess for a day on her birthday.
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