We’re calling on generous Sun readers to help make child cancer sufferers smile this Christmas
LITTLE Dylan Jeffs is one of thousands of children living with cancer – and we’re calling on YOUR help to make them smile this Christmas.
We launched a drawing contest last month with our campaign partner Young Lives vs Cancer, and the winning designs have now been turned into limited-edition Christmas cards for sale.
Mother Rachel, pictured with Dylan, said: ‘Just buy some tickets and children with cancer can have the Christmas they deserve’Credit: Roland Leon
The winning designs have now been converted into limited edition Christmas cards for sale
We ask our generous readers to buy them – as every cent goes towards providing gifts for young patients staying at the charity’s Homes From Home centers over Christmas.
Three-year-old Dylan will be treated for leukemia for the next three years.
But at least he’ll be home this holiday season—unlike thousands of others.
His father Russell, 35, a truck driver, said: “Please buy these cards. The money goes to make Christmas special for children, like Dylan, who are being treated for cancer.
“He’s lucky he’s not in the hospital over Christmas, but if he was, it would mean the world if he knew someone somewhere who cares enough to help him get presents.”
Dylan was diagnosed in January of this year.
Mother Rachael, 32, said: “Had it been sooner, I don’t think we could have sorted presents, and Christmas would have gone out the window.
“All we could focus on was going from day to day. It’s been a whirlwind ever since.
“By simply buying some tickets, children with cancer can have the Christmas they deserve.
“We are lucky that Dylan is at a point in his treatment cycle where he will be home for Christmas. But many children and families that we know will be treated in hospital or will be staying in Homes from Home.”
Russell and social worker Rachael have now hosted a perfect family Christmas party at their Dudley, West Mids home, all carefully planned around Dylan’s chemo treatments.
Rachael said: “From the moment he was born, he always got sick. He would catch bugs and be bad for a while, but he would always get better.
“After Christmas last year he got another bug, but he didn’t get better.
“He didn’t sleep and was very affectionate. Then he got a rash on his stomach that started to spread. I called 111 and got an ambulance.”
Many children and families that we know will be treated in the hospital or will be staying in Homes from Home.
Since the couple received the devastating diagnosis, cancer has become a part of their daily lives.
Russell said: “He battled sepsis, had surgery and lost his hair in his battle with leukemia. When he was diagnosed, he received intensive treatment that left him truly lifeless.
“When he got out of the hospital in March, I took him to feed the ducks, but he was too tired to even throw some bread. Watching your child go from running around to being so sick and vulnerable was horrible.
“Now Dylan has a stripe on his chest for his medication. He has a little doctor’s kit that he likes to play with.
“He played with it last week and started to find the ‘central line’ on my chest. He has spent a quarter of his small life with cancer so it has become a new normal for him.
“But it’s tough. He has a weak immune system. If he gets even the slightest temperature, we have to take him straight to the hospital.
“Every place we go, we’re always thinking about germs and bacteria and what he could potentially pick up.
“We still have a long way to go but he has responded well to treatment so far and we are looking at it day by day. That’s all you can do.”
Konnie Huq says: ‘Order a few now so that as many presents as possible can be bought for as many of those children living with cancer this Christmas’Credit: Stewart Williams
PRESENTER and former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, 46, who was one of our Christmas card juries, said: “I have mine and have already started writing them.
“So go ahead and order some now so you can do the same and buy as many presents as possible for as many of those kids living with cancer this Christmas.”
Leigh Francis says: ‘It is so sad at any time to think of a child suffering. At Christmas it is terrible. Please buy all these cards’Credit: Rex
KEITH Lemon comedian Leigh Francis, whose father died of cancer at age 47, said: “It’s so cool that the winners of your contest have their own Christmas cards printed and sold, and even cooler that this Christmas they’re helping children with cancer. help out.”
The 48-year-old added: “It’s so sad to think of a child suffering at any time. At Christmas it is terrible. Please buy all these cards.”
Jorgie Porter says: ‘My love goes out to every brave little soldier who fights this terrible disease. May all their Christmas wishes come true”Credit: Getty
HOLLYOAKS actress Jorgie Porter, 33, said: “This is such a wonderful campaign. I hope all your readers buy these cards so that children with cancer can get an extra special Christmas gift from a stranger who cares about them.
“My love goes out to every brave little soldier who fights this terrible disease. May all their Christmas wishes come true.”
Michelle Heaton says: ‘Buying these cards so that a child with cancer can receive a special gift is just amazing’Credit: Dan Charity
SINGER Michelle Heaton said: “This year I’m focusing on giving back.
“Everyone can do their part, and it’s just wonderful to buy these cards so that a child with cancer can receive a special gift.”
Michelle, 42, added: “Christmas is a time to give and those kids really need your support at this time of year. I’ll buy some of the cards.”
Karren Brady says: ‘Please find it in your heart to get behind this fantastic campaign and buy some of these amazing cards – and spread some joy to those who need it most this Christmas’Credit: PR Hand -out – Free to use
APPRENTICE star and Sun on Sunday columnist Karren Brady, 52, said: “For families with children affected by cancer, the past two years have been even more excruciating.
“So please, put it in your heart to get behind this fantastic campaign and buy some of these great cards – and spread some joy to those who need it most this Christmas.”
Gregg Wallace says: ‘To put a smile on the faces of a concerned family this Christmas by doing something good’Credit: BBC
MASTERCHEF Judge Gregg Wallace said, “If you’re going to buy a charity card this Christmas, make it one.”
Gregg, 57, added: “We can all sympathize with parents with seriously ill children at any time. Christmas is a time for families and a time for giving.
“Bring a smile on the faces of a concerned family this Christmas by doing something good.”
How to buy tickets?
THESE cracking cards are available online at younglivesvs cancer.org.uk and in one of the charity’s 13 shops.
Each pack, printed courtesy of printed.com, contains 12 cards – four of each winning design – and costs £4. Your cards will arrive in three days – plenty of time to write and send them to loved ones before Christmas.
Young Lives vs Cancer has charity shops in Gloucester plus Bridgwater, Clevedon, Wells and Yeovil in Somerset; Downend, Fishponds, Staple Hill and Keynsham near Bristol; Exeter, Newton Abbot and Tiverton in Devon; and Saltash in Cornwall.
See also shop.younglivesvscancer.org.uk/
How to donate?
TO support the day-to-day running of Young Lives vs Cancer’s Homes from Home, visit younglivesvscancer.org.uk/cardsforkids.
Or text: GIVE 5 to 70025 to give £5; GIVE 10 to 70025 to give £10; GIVE 20 to 70025 to give £20.
Or call 0300 330 0803 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm).
Or send a check payable to “Young Lives vs Cancer” with your name and address to: The Sun on Sunday Christmas Cards For Kids, Young Lives vs Cancer Campaign, 126 Fairlie Road, Slough SL1 4PY. Please put a stamp on the envelope.
CONDITIONS: As a supporter of Young Lives vs Cancer, you will receive call and post updates and news about calls.
You can change how you hear from the charity by emailing supporter.services@younglives vscancer.org.uk or by calling 0300 330 0803.
Texting costs a donation amount plus one standard network rate message. Young Lives vs Cancer will receive 100 percent of your donation.
To unsubscribe from calls text NOCALL CLIC to 78866. To unsubscribe from SMS text NOSMS CLIC to 78866.
Texts are charged at your network’s standard messaging charges
If you have any questions, call Young Lives vs Cancer on 0300 330 0803.
Registered Charity Number 1107328 and Registered in Scotland SC039857.
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