Summer has T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, which means that her white blood cells have become abnormal and are growing in an uncontrolled way. Lymphomas are the third most common cancer in children, although they are usually much more common in boys than girls.
Summer was only six years old when her symptoms started to show. It was during the school summer holidays, just before she started year one of infant school. She had a nasty cough, as well as facial swelling and bulging veins on her chest and neck. Eventually, while in intensive care, a chest x-ray revealed a 10.5cm wide tumour that was supressing her windpipe and heart.
Summer’s immune system has been so low that she has had to miss nearly a whole year of school and hasn’t been able to go to any of her friends birthday parties.
Summer’s mum is a single parent, which means that she is not able to work while Summer is receiving her treatment. She said “It [cancer] has caused massive emotional, physical and mental stress for the family, and even more so for Summer while undergoing chemotherapy. I’m not able to work while caring for Summer full-time, and being a single parent with no support, it has been a very stressful time”.
Summer’s treatment is causing her to grow at a rapid rate so financial support from Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund, in the form of care grants, will enable her to get some new clothes and to have some violin lessons. The care grants will also help to pay some utility bills and perhaps allow the family to have a few days out if Summer is well enough.
Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund can only help Summer’s family, and others like them, with your help! The charity receives no government funding so they rely solely on the support of individuals, organisations and businesses to be able to continue making a positive difference to the lives of children like Summer.