was the poorly one but we don’t just think about the child with cancer,
we look at the whole family.
brothers were missing out with Mum or Dad being away so much and one of
wishes on the list was definitely for them, and you should have seen
look on their faces when Vicky and I (Chris) took them their wish of a
laptop computer. They thought it was even better when I loaded a Scooby
game on for them.
is a letter from Bryony's mum and dad.
Dear CWCF, Thank you for making the two
boys wishes come true. The laptop is a super gift for them and I’m sure
will get much use from it. The Tesco vouchers also ensured that
was a special one for all of us, a welcome respite from what has been a
difficult year for the family.
Since Bryony was born, and diagnosed as having Downs Syndrome, it has
easy for her brothers. Bryony needs so much extra care and we are both
conscious that we have not been able to give the boys the attention
they perhaps should have had. Then came the shock that Bryony had
Five long months in the Royal Marsden Hospital undergoing chemotherapy
me (Mum) remaining by her side meant more upheaval for the boys. But we
together as a family, and faced the uncertainties and fears as one.
Celebrating Bryony’s second birthday in September 2005 was something
special, there was
a time when we thought it would never happen. She is in remission,
the chemotherapy has harmed her, and now we treat each day as a gift.
this all we have been touched by the kindness of others. During the
I was with Bryony in hospital we were greatly supported by our family,
and other Mum’s & the staff from the boy’s school. A lot of
were said for Bryony by special people and this was a source of great
and hope. The comfort also came from the caring, friendly staff at the
Marsden and St George’s hospitals.
We would also like to say via Bryony’s web page how grateful we were
support from the local charity ABC, and of course the girls from
James and our community nurses Louise & Lucy, who have all put
effort into helping us. I can’t go without saying a very big thank you
the gentleman in Tesco’s who insisted on paying for our shopping one
week. A totally unexpected gesture from a complete stranger who had
peek-a-boo with Bryony whilst we were waiting at the checkout. His only
were ‘Bryony has been ill hasn’t she’.
We look forward to 2006 and hope that, although all of our lives have
forever, we can build on what we have and give our best to our three
Thank you once again, and many thanks to all those who contributed in
any way to enable you to give so generously.