YAMATHON INTRODUCTION

100% of your team registration fees and
funds raised will be donated to NPO Kodomo Hospice.

Yokohama Children’s Hospice Project will be the first Chil-dren’s
Hospice in Kanto & only the second in Japan.

It will be built in Autumn 2020 and completed in early 2021.

It will be a place for: –

• Terminally ill children and their families to create smiles,
memories and nurture and protect their dreams.
• Children to make friends with others in similar circumstances.
• Their families to enjoy their time with their children and have
support network when their child passes away.

The meaning of Haruka’s life

 

It was in early summer, 1997. My younger daughter, Haruka, had just turned six and was enjoying going to a nearby kindergar-ten when she started to complain of a headache every morning.

One day, when summer was nearly over, I noticed that Haruka was dragging her right foot as she walked. We immediately took her to General Hospital, where the doctor gave us the instructions for an MRI.  “An incurable tumour in the brain stem. She has about six months to live.”

Five months later, my daughter passed away.

The time spent with her in the final months made me think of the meaning of her life and I came to realize that the medical care for children in those days was not taking children’s feelings (needs) into consideration.

“Yokohama Children’s Hospice Project” has been established as a nonprofit organization, aiming to establish a children’s hos-pice, a Britishborn facility that is now spreading worldwide, in order to address the needs of the children with short life-expec-tancy. It is not a place of resignation but a “home” for those children and families, a place of comfort, rest, and above all, fun and enjoyment. I believe that making that happen here in Yokohama, would indeed be, the meaning of Haruka’s life. We hope you will join us to realize this endeavor.

 

Hisato TAGAWA

Director, Yokohama Children’s Hospice Project