Meet Adjo

Meet Adjo, a football-mad eight-year old from Ghana.

Life has not been easy for Adjo and his mother Felicia in recent times.

Adjo’s father passed away and shortly afterwards Felicia had to resign from her job as a teacher due to her own poor health.

She was forced to leave their family home and she and Adjo moved into a derelict building. Felicia also noticed that Adjo wasn’t his usual self:

“He was a happy, healthy child until about a year ago when a noticed a lump on his neck that was getting bigger.”

He was operated on at Fountain Hospital and later referred to the Paediatric Oncology Unit at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), which is supported by World Child Cancer. It was here that he was given the diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Adjo had been going to school before he became sick and misses his classes – especially reading. He is very sociable and loves playing football with his friends, but new Covid restrictions have limited how much contact he can have with other children on the ward. He says:

“The only good thing about not going to school is getting to eat my mum’s home-cooked meals – they taste much better than the food we get at school!”

When asked about her experience of staying at the hospital with her son for so long, Felicia answered,

“Home is where you make it so for me this is home. My greatest hope for the future is that Adjo will grow up strong and healthy to become a person with compassion. Someone who helps the poor and needy.”

With generous support from Love Your Melon, World Child Cancer provides financial help to many vulnerable families like Adjo's so that they are able to cover treatment and transport costs. Financial support can limit the wider damage caused by cancer; it helps reduces treatment abandonment rates and ultimately ensures children receive the treatment they so desperately need.