Chloe Man (9) from Harpenden in Hertfordshire has just had her dearest wish granted to own her very own shihtzu puppy granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Chloe was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2008 after suffering from pains in her joints, Chloe was initially diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritus in 2007 and because of this detection of her cancer was very delayed. The family’s lives were turned up-side-down as Chloe was immediately started on gruelling treatment, including chemotherapy.
Chloe’s mum, Betty said to Starlight:
“As a mother you always have strong instincts when something is wrong with your child, I have two other healthy children and I am very thankful that Chloe is responding very well to her treatment and even managed to pass two grades of piano whilst she has been poorly – we are so proud of her”
After being in and out of hospital and coping with losing her hair twice, Chloe’s parents wanted to give her something special to look forward to and contacted Starlight Children’s Foundation, Betty said “After seeing how playing with our friends puppy distracted Chloe from the pain of her cancer and the after-effects of her chemotherapy, we immediately knew what her wish would be!”. Starlight contacted a shihtzu breeder close to the Man’s homes who were delighted to help out with the wish and recommend a very special puppy for Chloe to call her own!
With a wave of a Starlight magic wand Jasper had a new home and a new owner in Chloe, the family all absolutely adore him and he has given them something very positive to focus on.
Mum Betty said:
“Chloe is just over-the-moon! When she is at home she is always cuddling him and taking him outside, I haven’t seen her or our whole family so happy for a long time! Knowing that she was going to get the puppy of her dreams really did keep Chloe positive even through the darkest days of her cancer treatment and I know it will keep her happy for a long time to come. Thank you so much Starlight for making our whole family so happy.”
Contact: Henny Breakwell
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231
Starlight grants a once-in-a-lifetime wish for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.
Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.
You can make a donation online or by calling us on 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that 88p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.