Juan's story

Juan is a wonderful young boy who’s face lights up when he has his favourite minion by his side. However, this young boy’s smile was missing when he developed a high fever which caused his mother to worry. 

Rosa took her son to the local health centre where he was diagnosed with an infectious disease and sent home with medication to treat his mystery infection.  

With no improvement, Juan’s mother decided the family would make the 11-hour journey to Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña (HNO), a hospital supported by World Child Cancer. It was here that Juan was diagnosed with leukaemia. Megan Parry, our Programme Coordinator in Mexico met Juan when visiting the hospital;

For two months he was fighting between life and death, his parents spent their savings on buying medicines that were sometimes not available in the hospital. He is now stable and receiving treatment. He has benefited from the drugs that World Child Cancer has donated to the hospital. 

World Child Cancer supports some of the poorest and most vulnerable children with cancer, and their families, around the world but we cannot do this without your support. Juan could and should have been treated earlier with an accurate diagnosis. You can give Juan the gift of growing up to allow him to get back to doing what he loves most, playing with his favourite minion, Stuart. 

Just £50 could fund training for a healthcare worker on the early warning signs of childhood cancer, providing children a faster route to treatment. Donate on or before International Childhood Cancer Day to ensure children like Juan get a faster route to better treatment.