Miguel's story

11-year-old Miguel’s smile depicts an image of a young boy, like millions of others around the world, enjoying his childhood. 

When he developed a high fever and loss of appetite, his mother, Lupe, immediately took her son to Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña (HNO) having experienced similar symptoms four years ago when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Miguel was fortunate to receive fast treatment then and thanks to his mother’s quick actions, he has now returned to hospital for treatment. Megan Parry, Programme Coordinator in Mexico, met Lupe when at hospital; 

Lupe is devastated at Miguel’s relapse. As well as the obvious pain of her child redeveloping leukaemia, the family is under severe financial strain at having to make the eight-hour long journey from home to hospital. This means Lupe has to leave her other four children at home and losing out on vital income whilst not working leaving the family with limited money to buy essential medicines. Above all, her biggest fear is losing her child. 

Lupe and Miguel are currently living at the family hostel at HNO with them hoping to have the opportunity to return home soon. Without the family hostel, Miguel and his mother would have nowhere to stay whilst he receives treatment. 

World Child Cancer supports children with cancer and their families in developing countries. We do this by funding awareness campaigns, training for healthcare professionals through our twinning programmes and by providing hospitals with medicine needed for treatment. 300,000 children develop cancer each year and you can help support them by donating today. A donation of £100 could cover six months of transport costs travelling to and from hospital for a family like Miguel’s. Donate today to give the gift of growing up.