Irish parents launch search for the perfect Christmas present for Sean (4) who is battling cancer for a second time
Published 09/11/2015 | 11:48
A mum and dad are doing their best to help Santa Claus find the perfect fork-lift truck for their 4 year old son who is fighting a very serious form of childhood cancer.
However they are worried that Santa might have a difficult time finding one too and for that reason they are asking people for their help.
Sean Doran, “loves tractors and farms and has set his heart on getting a fork-lift truck on Christmas morning this year,” his mum Nicola Skehan explained.
Along with Sean’s dad James and his big brother Dylan (9), they want this to be a memorable Christmas for the family.
They have already helped Santa by looking in all the major toy stores on his behalf.
They have not found anything that would be big enough for Sean to ride around in.
“Sean is tall for his age and anything we have seen so far has been too small and looks like it would not take a bump or two,” Nicola explained.
The family, from Thurles in county Tipperary, had hoped that Sean would be in remission and cancer free this Christmas but just as he was about to finish an intensive treatment programme for stage 4 neuroblastoma, doctors discovered he had in fact relapsed and he is now fighting it for the second time.
Sean was diagnosed on the 26th of March 2014 after first complaining of stomach pain that wouldn’t go away.
A urine test confirmed he had neuroblastoma which, when it relapses, is one of the hardest cancers to defeat.
Nicola and James are very proud of Sean and how strong he has been.
“He had frontline treatment over 18 months that included high dose chemotherapy, surgery to remove a tumour in his stomach, stem cell therapy and then immunotherapy. We were at the very end of that treatment programme when we were told he had relapsed,” she said.
Sean developed a tumour near his eye and tests showed the cancer was in his eye and his bones and “the consultant hopes to get him into remission but they did tell us the chances are not too good, they are in the region of 5 to 10 percent.”
The family and the doctors are not giving up and they want to ensure that Sean has the best Christmas possible.
Nicola and James said, “it would mean the world to Sean and us if he got the forklift for Christmas. Christmas is very to special to us now when we don't know what is around the corner for Sean.”
“The smile on his face if he got it, would be priceless because Sean would love to be a farmer when he grows up. He was a farmer for 2 days for his ‘Make A Wish’ which he loved.”
They think Santa Claus may have trouble finding a custom made fork-lift “which is all Sean wants from Santa this year,” and they are making a public appeal for anyone in Ireland who might be able to help Santa and Sean have a great Christmas.
Nicola can be contacted on email: firstname.lastname@example.org