Sub: Parental leave
Dear [Ms./Mr. Last name],
I am writing to request a parental leave of five days starting next Tuesday.
Last week, my five-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys (a.k.a. Wilms' tumor and nephroblastoma) and will undergo surgery next Wednesday.
Luckily, [Name] has been identified as a Stage I patient. Following surgery and about 18 weeks of chemotherapy, he is likely to survive well beyond four years, which is the cutoff period that determines whether or not the cancer will return and the patient will survive into adulthood.
As I am a single parent ([Name]'s mother is no more), it is imperative that I am near my son. As the parent and legal guardian, I will also be required to be available to consult with his doctors and sign papers through his return home.
I have consulted with the HR department and they tell me that I am entitled to 10 more days of family, medical and parental unpaid leave.
I would like to consecutively utilize five of the 10 days available to me with effect from next Tuesday.
Although I wish I could have been available by phone or for at least a couple of hours, I regret my emotional state will interfere with my ability to be of any help to the company during the duration of my absence.
I look forward to the granting of the leave and to getting back to work.
Thank you for your time.