Brave Mam puts golden bikes around Dublin for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

One Brave woman puts golden bikes around Dublin every September to highlight childhood cancer awareness month.

She began this project after realising that there was not as much being done to raise awareness of childhood cancer in Ireland in comparison to other countries.

Aneta Nowak-Sajdyk’s world changed forever when her daughter Oliwia was diagnosed with leukaemia.

She said: “the day that you get told that your child has cancer is the most unnatural day of any parent’s life.

“The days that follow are surreal and just as unnatural as the day your baby got diagnosed.

“From that day forward, nothing is the same, your life and the life of your children is changed forever, because from that day forward… you share your life with cancer.

“I’m in childhood cancer world since May 2015 when my 3-year-old daughter Oliwia was diagnosed with blood cancer Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.”

Sadly, Oliwia’s cancer came back after finishing treatment and starting school.

“She had cancer treatment for 2.5 years.

“After treatment she happily started school and we thought that cancer was our past but unfortunately it came back after 10 months.”

The young girl had a bone marrow transplant that saved her life.

The family’s struggle gave Aneta a desire to do something to raise awareness and help others.

Aneta and her daughter

“After Oliwia’s relapse and bone marrow transplant I knew that I needed to do something…

“No parent is prepared for such a horrible diagnosis.

“It will change your life forever and you will never stop worrying about your child.”

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The golden bikes that Aneta paints and places around Dublin symbolises a lost childhood.

One of the golden bikes outside the GPO

The striking symbols can be see in front of the Botanic Gardens, near Croke Park, in Phoenix Park, St Anne’s Park on Grafton Street and O’Connell Street.

The Dublin resident is asking people to take a picture of the bikes when they spot them and to share the snap with others.

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