One out of every 285 children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer before their 20th birthday.
And as if those odds weren’t shocking enough, globally, one child receives a life-altering diagnosis every three minutes. Just three minutes is all it takes to transform a picture-perfect family into one struggling to cope with the ongoing medical treatments required to keep their child alive. That’s something the Whelan family knows all too well.
Meet four-year-old Jessica Whelan.
A year ago, Jessica was just your average little girl who enjoyed being a kid. When she wasn’t chasing her friends on the playground, she was spending quality time with her family. She had the rest of her life to look forward to and with less than a year until she was to start school, her mind was already racing toward what she wanted to be when she grew up.
But life can change in the blink of an eye, and Jessica’s future suddenly wasn’t so clear thanks to a life-threatening diagnosis.