We had no idea that our little fantasy world was about to end

“We liked Aoife to experience something different each day before the hospital routine in the afternoon. This Thursday her dad brought her to the village, parked on the street and ran into a shop on the corner and came back carrying a bunch of pink roses. He could tell before reaching the car that her eyes had lit up. He then brought her to the Grand Hotel, drove her around the grounds and told her she would be married there one day. The ever-romantic Aoife brimmed with the thrill of such a thought. On their return she wasn’t even out of the car when she shouted, ‘Look mum!’ Gesturing to the brunch of roses in her hands. Her smile was infectious. We had no idea that our little fantasy world was about to end. Within 6 hours our Aoife lay lifeless before us. She was only 5-years-old. Childhood cancer stole our darling and ripped out our hearts. One moment we were talking about the future, and that evening she had none, and ours has changed forever.”
This story was highlighted by the Childhood Cancer Foundation. (2/7) #LetsDoThisTogether
Humans of Dublin partnered up with Childhood Cancer Foundation, a volunteer parent led charity founded by families of children with cancer.  The charity aims to raise awareness of the devastating impact childhood cancer has on the families.  CCF tries to ease the burden on children in treatment for cancer by funding services at St John’s Ward at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin where 1200 children affected by cancer are treated each year. The charity also advocates for these children and families and supports education and research projects concerning childhood cancer. For more information see www.childhoodcancer.ie

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