It’s summer 2010 and the world turns up and down for a family in the small town of Jakobstad, Finland. Their oldest son, Todde, soon to be 6 years, got the diagnosis of Leukemia. The following years were spent in the hospitals in Helsinki, Tampere, Jakobstad and Kokkola. Todde lived isolated in the hospital, far away from home, for long periods of time and the parents stayed with him in turns. The siblings could come and visit only every now and then.
It was a challenge to keep up the spirit in these hospital environments. Todde got a bone marrow transplantation on 30.3.2011 and after some setbacks he is doing fine today and can be back in normal school and be a normal 10 year old boy.
Todde´s mother Nina Brännkärr-Friberg, an engineer, wants to help people in the same situation she and her family have been in. She wants that sick children can be happy sick kids and that these families can feel happiness both at home and in the hospitals. Therefor she founded the Project LIV association together with Johanna Stenback and Gunnar Norrlund. There is a need of somebody who concretely works for better and more pleasant hospital stays, somebody who works for the minorities’ rights to get service and info in their own mother tongue at the hospitals and somebody that helps making the Stem Cell Registry more known among us.
You can contribute to our work of bringing back a lost smile by donating optional amount to FI76 1113 3000 6201 91, Project liv rf. (Permissionnumber: RA/2016/891)