Meet Mawusi

Meet seven-year-old Mawusi. Mawusi was accurately diagnosed with cancer this past May and has since been receiving treatment at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Ghana, which is supported by World Child Cancer. 

When Mawusi’s parents noticed she was not sitting properly and could feel a mass in her stomach, she and her mother Phyliss made their first trip to a local hospital. However, when Mawusi’s symptoms did not improve, she was referred to the specialists at KBTH. 

While Phyliss has still been able to work, Mawusi has had to put a pause on her schooling for the sake of her treatment. This was hard for her, not only because she loves everything about school, but because her two siblings now have to go back to school without her. Phyliss was sad to learn that her daughter was too unwell to attend school, saying: 

“My two other children are at school, and I want her to be well so she can go to school, too. I just want the best for her.” 

Mawusi is anxious to finish her treatment and return to school, like so many children have in the US this month. Your support helps children like Mawusi receive the best possible cancer treatment so that they can minimize delays in their studies and return to normal childhoods. In some of our programs we also help children continue their education while at the hospital, so they do not have to wait until they are finished treatment to start learning again. Together, we are helping more children with cancer return to education quickly and grow into the teachers, doctors and nurses they want to be.