Simon, Mia and Anjna
With the help of specialists in the West Midlands, Mia has persevered to survive a rare form of blood cancer.
She was diagnosed with infantile acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July 2017, when she was seven months old.
She was referred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to begin chemotherapy and treatment, with a 50 percent survival rate due to her age.
Simon, a manufacturing business consultant from Wolverhampton, said: “I’ve always been a strong, outgoing and confident person. I wouldn’t think twice about hopping on a plane to travel 6000 miles and work in countries I’ve never seen before. been.
“During Mia’s treatment I was hospitalized and going to the local store made me anxious. There were so many difficult nights sitting next to Mia’s bed in the ward, seeing how bad she was and the other sick to hear. kids. I had to tell myself to be strong, that my little girl needed me now more than ever.”
The youngster spent her first birthday, Christmas and New Year in the hospital and even took her very first steps on the ward. Her parents were supported by the Ronald McDonald House charity, based at the hospital, which provides free shelter to families with children in treatment.
Anjna and baby MiaSimon, Mia and Anjna
Simon, 48, and his partner, Mia’s mother Anjna Mahey, 43, stayed for 225 nights – keeping them as close to Mia’s hospital bed as possible – and her mother now decided to take a charity dive to raise vital funds for them.
Mia was released from hospital in March 2018, but treatment continued at home for the next 18 months before ending in October 2019. In March of this year, she was declared cancer-free and her family hosted a series of fundraising events, including one where Mia completed a 25-lap training circuit in the family’s backyard – for charity.
Anjna is now preparing to skydive on Father’s Day and has already reached her goal of £5,000 which will go towards sponsoring one of the rooms they stayed in during their eight and a half months in hospital.
Simon added: “Ronald McDonald House Birmingham was really our lifeline and very own ‘home away from home’. The days and nights we walked from the house to the hospital and back again were fraught with fear and pain. The fear of what we would endure as a family in that one day The house gave us such respite and became our own sanctuary.
“The fact that I can celebrate Father’s Day with my little girl, fit and well, without any threat of illness or pain, means more to me than I can describe. I am so grateful to spend the day with Mia, after all that I’m really proud of Anjna for taking on the Skydive and Mia and can’t wait to cheer her on as she makes the leap for a good cause.”