Chikondi is an eight-year-old boy living with leukaemia. He sits with a smile as Meg Collington, Health Partnership and Programme Officer, speaks to Chikondi and his Grandmother.
“If you took away the hospital setting, Chikondi looked like any other young boy. He smiled inquisitively at me when meeting him.”
Chikondi was not alone when Meg met him, his Grandmother Lynn was also by his side. She looked tired but still smiled with pride as Chikondi responded to questions.
Chikondi’s life has been a difficult one from long before he was first diagnosed with cancer. His mother died of ovarian cancer when he was just six months old meaning his grandmother was left to look after him and his siblings.
“The family have been away from their home for so long that it’s starting to collapse from weather damage. Chikondi’s grandfather is at home but he is not fit enough to repair it.”
After completing his first cycle of treatment in 2015, Chikondi suffered a relapse soon after showing initial signs of progress. This time around, Chikondi and his grandmother have been in the hospital for one month and he is showing signs of positive progress once again. They were supposed to go home a few weeks ago but that has been delayed. They are both looking forward to eating home-made meals once again.
"Chikodi is definitely a happy child, he was shy at first but laughed hysterically when we started to take some photos together. He and his grandmother were comfortable at hospital despite their worries about their home, this was thanks to the great doctors and nurses that have supported them."
Chikondi dreams of becoming a truck driver when he grows up. You could help turn his dreams into reality by joining people around the world by making a stand this World Cancer Day.
Here's how you can help
On World Cancer Day, you can help children with cancer around the world by voicing your support on Twitter and Facebook. By joining in the official World Cancer Day hashtags, #IAmAndIWill and #WorldCancerDay, we want you to share who you are and what you will do to help children affected by cancer around the world. Remember to tag World Child Cancer in your posts! Click here for more information.
Feeling more adventurous? We have a number of exciting challenges in 2019 giving you even more ways to get involved this World Cancer Day. From marathons to cycling events to hosting your own bake sale or dress down day, check out our ways to get involved to help support children with cancer around the world.
Finally, you can give the gift of growing up to children like Chikondi by donating today or by signing up to make a regular donation. Every give you give will help support children with cancer and their families in developing countries around the world.