The parents of a County Durham girl with a brain tumor are appealing for people around the world to send her cards for her seventh birthday. Lyla O’Donovan from Ushaw Moor, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, aged three, and will undergo her 10th operation after Christmas. The family hopes their appeal will raise awareness of Brain Tumor Research. “Despite the tumor being low-grade, her future is uncertain,” Lyla’s father Paul, said. “As parents, my wife Kirsty and I are desperately trying to stay strong for Lyla and our five other children.” Lyla’s father continued by saying that the sick girl is so brave and never complains, despite of all she has been through.


Lyla has brought so much joy and recognition to other young people around the world, it would be amazing if, in return, her birthday wish could come true, Mr. O’Donovan and his wife wish wholeheartedly. Lyla O’Donovan is hoping her birthday will be made extra special by receiving cards from far and wide, from all over the world and even from places and people she has never known existed. Last year, doctors advised the family to “go and make memories”, as they were running out of treatment options for their daughter, who will be seven on 28 November; a way to tell them that they will lose her, anyway.


Around the world, people are scrambling to send their cards to Lyla and immigrants on iMiMatch are not left out. We are sending ours too. On iMiMatch, parents support other parents to offer birthday presents to their kids. These presents are rather strange because they don’t come pre-packaged but they are extraordinary and they teach love of one another to the children. A parent on iMiMatch could decide to offer, as birthday gift to their child, a tour of all the sick and vulnerable children of families on iMiMatch. For this, he would share his plan with other parents who would obviously support him. Neither dolls nor Nintendo switches for kids on iMiMatch but bundles of love for their birthdays!