Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, LauraLynn, have launched their annual Christmas Appeal, fronted by the White Family.
The White family tragically lost their little girl Eva to a brain tumour at just 21 months, just 11 weeks after she was diagnosed.
The Christmas Appeal is one of LauraLynn’s biggest annual campaigns, which helps the charity to raise vital funds to support its services and also to raise awareness amongst the public.
Lisa and Leigh White are Eva’s parents. Eva is their second child and she was born a strong, healthy and beautiful baby. She hit every milestone and began to walk and talk very early on.
At the age of 18 months, both Lisa and Leigh noticed that Eva was limping and after taking her to hospital and under-going various tests, they got the devastating news that Eva had a brain tumour. Doctors believed she would not survive the week.
However, Eva fought and lived for 11 weeks after her diagnosis. Lisa and Leigh got the opportunity to take Eva to LauraLynn, where they stayed for two weeks, where they had time to make memories together as family.
They received training from the team in LauraLynn and learned how to administer Eva’s medications, and with the help of the LauraLynn Team, Lisa and Leigh were able to take Eva home, which was always their wish.
In Eva’s final days she got to sleep in her own bed, surrounded by her toys, spend time with her big brother.
Lisa and Leigh White, Eva’s Parents explain why they decided to front this campaign. They said: “We wanted to take part in this campaign to pay a little back to Lauralynn and share Eva’s story.
“We felt LauraLynn were there for us at the darkest moment of our lives. They supported us and took care of our darling Eva. We could concentrate on spending every last moment with Eva & James.
“I can’t imagine what it would have been like without them.’’
Last year, 374 families and children from across Ireland availed of LauraLynn care and supports. Every donation will go towards providing vital care and supports for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.