Brave Mam puts golden bikes around Dublin for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

A brave woman sets up gold bicycles in Dublin every September to celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

She started this project after realizing that not much was being done in Ireland to raise awareness of childhood cancer compared to other countries.

Aneta Nowak-Sajdyk’s world changed forever when her daughter Oliwia was diagnosed with leukemia.

She said: “The day you learn that your child has cancer is the most unnatural day in any parent’s life.

“The days that follow are surreal and just as unnatural as the day your baby was diagnosed.

“From that day on, nothing is the same, your life and that of your children has changed forever, because from that day on… you share your life with cancer.

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“I have been in the world of childhood cancer since May 2015, when my 3-year-old daughter Oliwia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.”

Unfortunately, Oliwia’s cancer came back after finishing treatment and starting school.

“She has had cancer treatment for 2.5 years.

“After the treatment, she happily went to school and we thought cancer was our past, but unfortunately it came back after 10 months.”

The young girl had a bone marrow transplant that saved her life.

The family struggle gave Aneta a desire to do something to raise awareness and help others.

Aneta and her daughter (Image: Aneta Nowak-Sajdyk)

“After Oliwia’s relapse and bone marrow transplant, I knew I had to do something…

“No parent is prepared for such a terrible diagnosis.

“It will change your life forever and you will never worry about your child again.”

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The golden bicycles Aneta paints and places around Dublin symbolize a lost youth.

One of the golden bikes outside the GPO (Image: Aneta Nowak-Sajdyk)

The striking symbols can be seen in front of the Botanic Gardens, near Croke Park, in Phoenix Park, St Anne’s Park on Grafton Street and O’Connell Street.

The Dublin resident is asking people to take a photo of the bikes if they see them and share the photo with others.

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