Hand in Hand was established in 2006, by a group of volunteers in Galway who had helped a local family when their two-year-old girl was receiving treatment for leukaemia in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin.
The original founders’ main aim was to help other families with a child diagnosed with cancer in the West of Ireland; who have the added dimension of travelling long distances to Dublin for their primary care and treatment.
Today Hand in Hand work with families in every county throughout Ireland who are affected by childhood cancer.
In most cases there are other siblings to care for while Mum, Dad or guardians travel to Dublin or to local hospitals to treat infections with their sick child.
Our focus has always been to give these children and their families on-the-ground support in order to minimise the impact that both the diagnosis and frequent long distance travel for treatment has on family life.