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Esther

05 Apr: Meet Esther

Esther was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2021. Esther received her Chemo Duck via the Hospital Play Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital. “We absolutely love Esther’s Chemo Duck (known affectionately as ‘Ducky’!) – he comes to every single hospital appointment with us. Role playing with him really normalises Esther’s treatment for her and…

Matilda

29 Mar: Meet Matilda

“I can’t even begin to put into words how helpful it has been to have out little Chemo Duck and how thankful we are for the support you give to children with cancer. Matilda received her Chemo Duck about 2 weeks ago now and it’s been an amazing resource for us to explain the procedures she has done. She finds…

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07 Mar: Meet Jack

Jack received a Huggable Hope recently from The Give A Duck Foundation. His brother Henry is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia.   “Henry loves showing what his port and needle do on his Chemo Duck and the Huggable Hope gives Jack the same duck to hold and play with just like his big brother. To have something to find comfort…

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28 Feb: Meet Lexi

On 6 May 2021, Lexi age 11 was diagnosed with a brain tumour. “We have been trying to talk Lexi into having a port for a while now and as soon as the nurse specialist brought the Chemo Duck in and showed her how it would all be done she instantly agreed. Here is Lexi with Chemo Duck the day…

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03 Jan: Meet Oscar

  “Oscar was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in September 2021. I heard about The Give A Duck Foundation from a cancer support group on Facebook and contacted the charity to request a port Chemo Duck for Oscar as he is struggling with his central line. I knew this wonderful duck would help support…

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02 Dec: Meet Stacy

Meet Stacy The Give A Duck Foundation work with Play Specialists throughout the UK, providing stock of Chemo Ducks and Huggable Hopes to help support families facing childhood cancer, at the earliest opportunity. Play matters and we are so proud to share this feedback from Stacy, a community play specialist.   “Chemo Duck is such a beautiful, wonderful resource! As…

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19 Aug: Meet Luana

Luana was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukaemia) when she was 10 years old. Last year Luana relapsed and has just completed TBI (total body irradiation) in preparation for a bone marrow transplant.   Chemo Duck aka “Lulu” has been there every step of the way and is a very special companion for Luana, making her smile and always there…