Some of you may remember the story of Lucy aged 9, who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, and the fight her mother had to get her a medical card in order to pay for the added drugs necessary to keep her alive. At a time when Lucy was very sick and life so uncertain, it was incredible to hear her mother on radio and in newspapers championing the cause of sick children. At the time I called her ‘A mother in a million”.
I stand by that title, because from today July 1st 2015 every child in Ireland diagnosed with cancer, will receive a medical card. Because of Lucy and the tenacity, strength and determination of her mother, parents who are going through hell at the moment, will get the help they need. Parents, who do not know yet what faces them in the future will thankfully have one less worry when that awful news comes.
Thank you again Angela. It is not many who will go through life and make such a difference to so many.
I know many of you who follow my blog live outside Ireland, so I thought you’d be interested in this update today.
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