We agree with these read­ers that Gemma and her sis­ter demon­strate that the key to hap­pi­ness lies in ap­pre­ci­at­ing what you have. What do you think? Karen, edi­tor

Friday - - LETTERS - NI­HARIKA SHARMA, VIA EMAIL CHRISTINA JOSHY, GRADE 10 STU­DENT ZAIBA SHAIKH, GRADE 10, OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, DUBAI

found the ar­ti­cle about Gemma Bot­trill heart­break­ing (‘I be­came a mum age 6!’, July 18). I was moved to tears by Gemma’s ac­count of how at such a ten­der age she was com­pelled to be­come a mother to her two-year-old sis­ter af­ter their mother was hos­pi­talised for de­men­tia. But what left me speech­less was the fact that Gemma is not bit­ter or cyn­i­cal and, in­stead, is so pos­i­tive and up­beat. She is a shin­ing ex­am­ple for all those who al­low ad­ver­si­ties to af­fect them and in the process do not ap­pre­ci­ate all that is good in their lives.

I hope all of Gemma’s dreams for her­self and her sis­ter come true and thank you, Fri­day, for pub­lish­ing sto­ries like this. he ar­ti­cle, ‘I be­came amum age 6!’, truly im­pressed me. It re­alise how lucky I amto have bothmy par­ents. Gemma is not only a car­ing sis­ter to Louise but also a very lov­ing mother. What truly in­spired me was Gemma’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to bring up her sis­ter in spite of all the hard­ships they faced.

The two sis­ters are an ex­am­ple of how love can change lives. You never know what life will give you. he ‘Kapow­ing can­cer’ ar­ti­cle (July 18) story was re­ally mov­ing. I was over­whelmed by the ef­forts of co-founders of Su­perHope, Basma Al Masri and Tarik Batal, in giv­ing small, in­no­cent chil­dren who are bat­tling can­cer, a rea­son to smile and to fol­low their dreams.

I’m sin­cerely touched and would love to meet the kids and share some ‘Kapow­ing’ moments with them. And, well, it would be a shame if I didn’t squirt some banana split on the vil­lains! thought the Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence ar­ti­cle (‘Kapow­ing Can­cer’, July 18) on Su­perHope was very in­for­ma­tive. The ini­tia­tive proves that a sim­ple creative idea can go a long way to­wards giv­ing chil­dren bat­tling can­cer a rea­son to smile and hope for the bet­ter. I think the co-founders of

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