Article: The Stacey’s Smiles charity
December 6th, 2017: The Stacey’s Smiles charity was created by Warren and Samantha Mowle after the passing of their daughter, Stacey on March 6, 2015, who had battled a very aggressive childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a very aggressive type of childhood cancer which takes the lives of more than 2000 children worldwide each year. Approximately 8 in a million children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which represents the most frequently diagnosed cancer in babies and the third most common cancer in children under the age of 15. Approximately 15% of the deaths by cancer in children are due to neuroblastoma.
What began as the Stacey Mowle APPEAL, which was primarily organized to help Stacey get the treatments she needed throughout her battle with the disease (especially trial treatments that could only be obtained for her abroad), changed into the Stacey’s Smiles charity after her passing. The Stacey’s Smiles charity helps to give families with very sick children the opportunity to create lasting memories together with their sick child and to bring awareness to neuroblastoma and the need for vital research in treating the disease.
A special memory, wish or treat can make all the difference in the lives of children who are suffering through the ravages that battling neuroblastoma and other serious illness can do to young lives. Granting wishes which, to a small child, may seem near impossible, indeed has been shown to be helpful psychologically for a child to believe that they can begin to get well. Ultimately, it can be very beneficial to the success of their treatment regime.
Some of the areas of wish granting which Stacey’s Smiles offers is the families is with a special photo session with a photographer for lasting memories. Below are the ones Stacey took with her family (photos shared from Stacey’s Smiles site).
Another wish-granting opportunity offered is meeting a special athlete or celebrity. Before Stacey passed, she had a special wish of her own granted which was to meet One Direction, and especially Louis Tomlinson. She was granted that wish at one of their rehearsals in 2013, (Read about her visit with 1D in our article here.)
Louis Tomlinson became an ambassador of Stacey’s Smiles in April of 2015.
If you would like to volunteer or to donate to help the Stacey’s Smiles charity, you can start here.