They've both missed out on so many normal childhood experiences and had to cope with last-minute cancellations, admissions to hospital, not being able to play together or have both parents around for long periods of time.
We had thought we were at the end of it, but the final procedure showed leukaemia cells in Kip's spinal fluid, and so we face further treatment and a very long admission for a bone marrow transplant. Kip and Millie won't be able to see each other for a number of weeks.
At the same time, we recognise how fortunate we are to live in Birmingham, only a few minutes drive from one of the best paediatric hospitals in the world. We can have absolute confidence in the staff, from the consultant and nurses to the cooks and cleaners. Not every family is so fortunate.
We're setting up this GoFundMe with two goals:
1 - We want to help Millie and Kip through the most difficult part of treatment and recovery. We'd like to take them on a real treat of a holiday and let them play freely, run around and enjoy life like children should, and
2 - We want to support some other families in other parts of the world where access to the kind of high quality healthcare we've enjoyed is not possible. We might do this through part-funding some treatment, providing equipment or supporting a local charity. It will be a great comfort to us to know that some good can come out of this experience.
Thanks for taking the time to read and supporting us on this most difficult leg of the journey.
Ed, Sarah, Millie & Kip Freshwater
Fundraising team: Team Kip (2)
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