“I’m so desperate for Calvin to get his independence and try to be a normal boy as much as he can,” reflects Maureen Muteesa from London, the mother of 8 year old Calvin who is living with a serious illness.
Calvin’s Story demonstrates the enormous positive impact that children’s hospice can have on the lives of children living with serious illnesses and their families.
This short film, narrated by acclaimed British actor David Suchet CBE, communicates some of the key principles of children’s palliative care. Regrettably, not all children are blessed with the gift of good health.
In fact, there are over twenty million children around the world who have been diagnosed with potentially life-limiting conditions.
Little Stars is a film project told through the voices of young people and their families. It showcases the stories of children and young people accomplishing the extraordinary in the face of serious illness. This UNIVERSAL ISSUE touches families everywhere and we’ve seen for ourselves that children’s palliative care services can be effectively delivered even in very low-resource settings.
By traveling the project to Greece to film with the incredible team at Merimna led by Danai Papadotu we hope to increase support for their services which provide such a critical support to families with children suffering life-limiting illnesses in Greece. Currently, Merimna is facing the prospect of closing one or more of it’s services due to a lack of funding. (more…)
Yes, it has been 20 years since we founded MERIMNA, our Greek non profit organization for the care of children and families who encounter serious illness and death experiences. During these years we have made a social contribution that no other organization offers in Greece, and includes:
- The provision of bereavement support and pediatric palliative care services
- To more than 50,000 children
- The organization of 5 panhellenic conferences and 331 workshops and seminars all over Greece, and the training of 325 health care professionals and educators through annual programs. (more…)
Guest Blog by Danai Papadatou
I have been particularly impressed by the significant work being created through the project “Little Stars” which informs and promotes the value of pediatric palliative care for children with life limiting conditions and for their families. It would a unique opportunity for “Merimna” to be included in the “Little Stars” project, and be part of this international project. (more…)