2020 has undoubtedly  been the most challenging year most of us have ever experienced and we’re looking forward to unwinding over the festive season. Christmas is a time for families to reconnect and celebrate everything that they have. For some, however, it’s a reminder of many of life’s challenges. In 2016 just after Christmas day, at the age of 9, young Gemma was diagnosed with leukemia. The Smile Breakfast team brings you her story of what she went through and the challenges her family continue to face. We first spoke to her mom Deolinda:

Nobody can really imagine how difficult it is for a parent to see their child go through this. It’s something that’s often overlooked. Gemma’s dad Martyn moved back in with the family to help look after everyone. He told Bobby & Lindy a little more about the impact that something like this has on a parent:

Gemma’s sister Kaelyn gave her a sister a life saving bone marrow donation. She showed us the unconditional love she had for her little sister – an unbreakable bond:

We spoke to the warrior at the centre of the family’s story. Gemma has had to endure so much over the last four years. She hopes that people will be more open and understanding about the strain that families experience when they go through something like this:

Over the last 13 weeks Bobby & Lindy have been battling it out to put themselves out of their comfort zone, hoping to be crowned the Challenge Thursday champion of 2020. With the scores level at 6-6, the boss decided to even the playing fields with something that they’re both equally skilled in, and both equally uncomfortable with.

Challenge Thursday Finale - Smile Breakfast Christmas Karaoke
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It’s the second last edition of Challenge Thursday, with Bobby having a narrow lead, he could take the year by winning this Face off challenge.
Challenge Thursday - Face Off
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With 2020 being one of the weirdest years that we’ve ever experienced, we think it calls for a Christmas tree that looks a bit different. One that looks back on some of the more curious memories of 2020. Follow our decoration progress here and on Smile Breakfast.

First decoration – White Gold – Why toilet paper? 

 

Second decoration – Masks and Sanitiser 

 

Third decoration – Yeast

 

Fourth decoration – Pineapples & Bananas 

 

Final decoration – Our Healthcare Workers. The Angels on Top

It’s the 11th edition of Challenge Thursday with Bobby and Lindy dead even on 5 wins each. The boss sent them to SenseVirtual to have a go at virtual reality gaming.

Challenge Thursday - Virtual Reality
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