A Donegal family has gone the extra mile to help generate support for the BUMBLEance Children’s National Ambulance Service.
Kaitlyn Glackin, aged 11, availed of the special transport service this year following her third cancer diagnosis.
Kaitlyn has been living with leukemia from when she was just four years old, and last year she received a life-saving transplant. She has captured the hearts of thousands of people, who are part of an online group called ‘Kaitlyn’s Krew’ who are supporting her every step of her journey.
This week, Kaitlyn’s mum Sarah Jane is singing the praises of BUMBLEance and the comfort it brings to sick children.
In a fundraising appeal for the charity, Sarah Jane recounted the journey they took a BUMBLEance trip from hospital in Dublin to Donegal. On that day, they made Kaitlyn feel like a ‘Queen Bee’.
“We needed home and BUMBLEance was there for us when we needed them. Kaitlyn was so sick and I remember thinking this maybe our last trip home to Donegal,” Sarah Jane said.
“Driver Jimmy was a gentleman and the journey home was so comfortable. It was comforting knowing that I didn’t have to concentrate on the busy roads ahead and more importantly it allowed Kaitlyn to sleep in the BUMBLEance on the journey home in comfort.
“There have been so many amazing people who have helped Kaitlyn along her journey, from St. Johns ward to Aoibheann’s pink tie and most importantly all of the doctors and nurses who were on Kaitlyn’s team.”
Kaitlyn underwent T-cell therapy in August and thankfully her health has improved.
Sarah wrote: “Kaitlyn is doing really well so far and is in remission for the 3rd time and we do pray that everything stays well day by day. You have all given us the strength to help her and slowly we want to keep the love going and help all of these amazing people.”
She appealed to people to support BUMBLEance and help keep the wheels turning on the service.
“I didn’t think we would ever need them, but when we were unable to drive, BUMBLEance was there. Thank you BUMBLEance. ”