Samuel was just eight years old when he was diagnosed with cancer.
When Samuel’s mother, Gloria, noticed that he had developed yellow eyes, stomach pain and swelling, she took him to their local hospital to have scans and laboratory tests. The doctors did not know what was wrong with Samuel and it took three months for him to be referred to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), supported by World Child Cancer, where he was diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder.
Samuel stayed on the paediatric oncology ward at Korle Bu for nine months, during which time he had two surgeries and a course of chemotherapy to treat his illness.
Gloria is a single-mother who is finding life particularly tough. Along with Samuel she has 14-year-old twin girls to look after. Before Samuel was diagnosed, Gloria was a market trader but she has not been able to work since his diagnosis. She did not have anyone to help her with the cost of treatment and she has had to sell her possessions in order to pay for it.
World Child Cancer creates partnerships between medical professionals in the developed world and those in developing countries to provide training aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment. By improving medical standards, children like Samuel will be able to access the treatment they so desperately need.
Families of children with cancer are often forced to spend long periods of time at hospital, away from their homes and work whilst still paying for treatment. With some families earning as little as £2 per day, a loss of income can have catastrophic impacts on livelihoods. World Child Cancer develops parent support groups to help families maintain an income, lifting some of the financial pressures they are under.
You can help support children like Samuel by donating today. Every donation you make will be doubled by the UK Government’s UK Aid Match scheme meaning there has never been a better time to give. Just £50 could fund training for a healthcare worker on the early warning signs of childhood cancer, providing children a faster route to better treatment.