Dowser Day (19 June)

In memory of Cameron and all children who spend long periods of time in hospital.

Dowser Day by Contact a Family charity is in memory of Cameron Mathieson, a young boy who spent a lot of his life in hospital with cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy before passing away in October 2012. Every year Cameron's family celebrate Dowser Day on his birthday, 19 June - Dowser was Cameron's word for dinosaurs, which he loved. Dowser Day is also aimed at raisomh awareness of the challenges faced by all children who spend time in hospital. Contact a Family are asking people to get involed by making something dinosaur-themed at home.  Click here to find out more. Over the past few years Cameron's family have fought against the government rule that takes away Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments from children who spend over 84 days in hospital. Cameron spent over two years in hospital with cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy when his DLA payments were stopped. The family are currently awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on their legal challenge to scrap this rule. If they are successful it could mean no other family loses essential financial support when their child spends long periods in hospital. Click here to read more about the Mathieson's case. 
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