I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot. A complicated congenital heart defect. I spent my entire childhood in and out of hospital. I had my first (of 6) open heart surgeries when I was 3 years old. Doctors said I would not survive to see my 18th birthday. Due to financial restrictions, my parents could not always be with me when I was hospitalized as a child.
I spent many months in hospital with my parents visiting me when they could on the weekends. Although my condition is not Cancer related, being a part of the Kids with Cancer Society, I can offer up firsthand knowledge of what it is like being a child in the hospital without having family be able to visit or stay with you on a daily basis. No child should be without parents while going through what these kids have to endure.
One of the best things for these children is to have loving parents at their bedside during these hard times. Not only for the children but also for the parents. The financial support the Kids with Cancer Society offers to families in times like this is just one of the many amazing aspects that they can offer families in difficult times. I am very honoured to be a part of this society.