The holidays are a time like no other, when we remember the magic of what it is to be a child. This year especially, many of us will feel a sense of hope and joy we haven’t known for a very long time as we reconnect with family and friends to celebrate traditions together. But for children with critical illnesses, a life of uncertainty remains where hospital stays, doctor’s visits and painful treatments are their “normal”, even during the holiday season.
The COVID-19 pandemic has added to these challenges, forcing the necessary cancellation of many public fundraising activities and resulting in thousands of wishes waiting to be granted. While we have found creative ways to grant many wishes safely, there are still so many children who are waiting for their wishes as we await safer times.
Children like Olivia, who was diagnosed with cancer at three years old and underwent surgery to remove her right ovary, followed by an intense chemotherapy protocol. Her wish is one of the thousands impacted by the pandemic and she can’t wait for it to be granted. “To me,” she says, “it means the opportunity to have my greatest dream come true. After being so sick, a wish will give me and my family something to cherish and remember for the rest of our lives!”
This holiday season, you can Spark Joy and Create Hope for children with critical illnesses.