We were emailed recently by CLIC Sargent Health Worker, Janet, who was concerned about a little boy called Sebastian. He had been on continuous treatment for leukemia since he was three and was STILL undergoing treatment even though he is was nearly seven. Janet felt that the family, who have an older son, Scott, really needed – and deserved – some respite.
“Since his diagnosis with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at Christmas time three years ago, Sebastian and his family have had to miss so many things due to his treatment and unexpected admissions to hospital. They have had to put their lives on hold. The family rarely ask for anything, and after all they have been through, this is something that they can all enjoy together, away from the hospital, and home, giving them time to relax, have fun and switch off.”
Scott has just started secondary school and could not take time out of school, so 4 Cancer sent the family on an autumn half-term break to a Haven Holiday Park in Wales.
“We had a great time on our holiday thank you. It was great to get away for a bit and the weather was good too so we spent lots of time out. We got to spend some quality time as a family.”
“It was good to spend time together as it’s hard sometimes when Sebastian has to stay in hospital.”
“I liked that I could have chips and curry sauce from the chip shop. I loved going on holiday to the seaside with Mum, Dad and Scott.”
Once Sebastian and his family had returned, we were delighted to hear what a great time they had on their break and how much they appreciated the chance to spend this time together.