Morrisons is helping families facing cancer this Easter, with the sale of an exclusive CLIC Sargent Easter egg.
The luxury egg, from their The Best range, features hand-swirled decorations in CLIC Sargent pink. It is on sale now until Sunday 1 April priced at £4, with all proceeds going to CLIC Sargent.
Dylan's Easter miracle
As a happy, smiling schoolboy you would never guess Dylan Askin nearly didn’t make it to his first day of reception. The remarkable youngster has actually had a long and scary road to recovery, after being diagnosed with pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH) in 2016 – a type of cancer that causes cysts on the lungs.
On Christmas Day 2015, Dylan was rushed to Derby Royal Hospital with breathing problems and was found to have a collapsed lung. Further tests by specialists on the High Dependency Unit at Queens Medical Hospital in Nottingham revealed his lungs were 80% covered in cysts, and provided the terrifying one in ten million diagnosis of PLCH.
“Having the diagnosis was actually incredibly reassuring” said Kerry. “They said that if they could get him stable, it would be quite treatable. I have never been more relieved in my life to hear that something could be done.”
But after recovering enough to leave intensive care, Dylan had a febrile seizure on the ward and contracted bacterial pneumonia that left his lungs barely functioning.
“On Good Friday they told us things were looking bleak and that we weren’t going to get him back” said Kerry. “All the settings on all the machines were at their highest and he was still struggling. We had him Christened, all his family came from all over to say goodbye, including his big brother.
“I was devastated. I hadn’t slept for days building up to it. I was crying all the time. They had actually closed off part of the unit so we could both stay with him overnight because thought he could go at any minute. All the while we were singing to him and talking to him and saying goodbye.”
Early the next morning, the doctors – in agreement with Dylan’s parents – started to withdraw his life support. But miraculously, as they withdrew his medication and began to sedate him, his heart rate dropped to normal levels.
"An Easter miracle"
“We just said “STOP” there is still fight in him. Then his oxygen levels started to pick up, and he started coming back to us. By Easter Sunday, he was stable enough that I felt comfortable enough to have a lie down. I was strong in that belief that he was our Easter miracle. I am not massively religious but I did think it was a miracle. When we told our eldest, he said “he’s like Jesus” – because he had been learning about it in school.”
CLIC Sargent support
All the while, CLIC Sargent were supporting the family through their ordeal. Their CLIC Sargent social worker provided grants to help them cope with the costs of cancer, which for Dylan’s family amounted to more than £300 a month in petrol costs. Their social worker also helped with discharge meetings and school support for Dylan’s older brother Bryce.
Kerry, said: “For us it took all of the pressure off as we were living in the hospital and it was one less thing to worry about. We would say what we were struggling with and she would find a solution. It meant we could spend our quality time with our children. It has made us see the value of our time with them so much. What CLIC Sargent gave us was invaluable – they gave us the gift of time with our child when we thought we didn’t have much left.”
Dylan underwent chemotherapy for the cancer which ended in July 2017. He is now a happy young boy and proud older brother to Logan, one.
Why young cancer patients need Morrisons' support
Nobody thinks it will happen to their child. Until it does. CLIC Sargent provides the vital help to stop cancer destroying young lives. Right now, for every two families we help there is one not currently receiving the support they desperately need. We want to be there for all of them. A partnership with Morrisons will transform this:
People: we'll create a brand new team of CLIC Sargent nurses to educate other health, social care and education professionals close to families’ homes, so that they have the skills and experience to provide the best possible care for young lives against cancer.
Places: we’ll create new Home Comforts close to Specialist Treatment Hospitals, providing a welcoming environment for families to take a much needed break from the intensity of hospital.
Practical things: we'll be able to expand our financial grants to families, so that they can focus on important things like getting well. We’ll also be able to develop a groundbreaking new digital hub, giving thousands of families who we currently can’t support access to advice from healthcare professionals from the comfort of their own home.
Find out more
To find out more about the partnership or how you can get involved, please contact: email@example.com