Donations Needed of and for FOOD
Most people do not realise the amount of pressure, stress and strain that a child diagnosed with cancer puts on the whole family… a diagnosis of cancer does not just mean hospital visits, an operation or medication; it means a complete lifestyle change.
Cancer is not a disease that picks and chooses; it can strike anyone at any time, and it DOES!
I would like you to just close your eyes for a moment and imagine the following:
You are the parent of 3 young children, and are just about managing to pay the rent, school fees, feed and clothe and carve out a meagre living for your family with both you and your spouse working… as is the case with many families in South Africa….
One of your children gets ill and just will not get better no matter what the doctor tries, then some tests are done and you get the news; your baby has cancer…
Your first thoughts are that you must do everything possible to get your child well, and so the journey with cancer begins….
There are the many trips to the doctor and then to the hospital oncology ward; this entails you travelling far away from your home for days, sometimes weeks at a time, as you need to stay with your child during treatment and there are not that many oncology wards in the country…. you cannot do this and still continue working because your boss will not allow you to be off work that much, and anyway, even when you are at work you are too tired from nursing your child to actually do any work…..
Now your happy little family of 5 suddenly only has one parent bringing in an income, but the rent must still be paid, school fees and uniforms must still be paid, electricity must still be paid, everything must still be paid… and you must still all eat…..
In the beginning the family and friends help out as much as they can, but they are also struggling and the help soon becomes less and less…. unfortunately cancer is not a disease that can be cured in a few weeks…
You sell whatever you can, but still cannot make it because you now also have transport and accommodation costs near the hospital, medications and other cancer-related costs to cover… and you really do not have the money to afford the nutrition that your Little Fighter with cancer needs to help heal the cancer and rebuild the immune system….
WHAT DO YOU DO??
Can you now understand a bit better what a diagnosis of childhood cancer means to a family? Can you understand the stress that this causes? Can you help with food donations or monetary donations? Can you NOT??
We are in desperate need of FOOD donations, or financial contributions with which to purchase food so that we can ensure that all our Families who need assistance with groceries have food in their homes for the month of December.
Please read this letter below that was written by an Onco Mom, and consider making a donation, either in product, or a few Rands.
“As a parent with a child with cancer, the challenges are many. When a child has cancer, the entire family is affected. If you have not experienced this journey yourself, you cannot begin to imagine the scope of the challenges that come our way.
When a child gets diagnosed, there’s immediate changes. Most of the time if there’s been 2 incomes, the mom (if she’s been working) gives up her job to be there for the child with cancer.
I’ve witnessed first-hand the utter devastation childhood cancer brings to families.
My family and I went from a good ordinary life of comfort to wondering where our next meal would come from, with no income.
We lost everything on this journey and many days I don’t know how we made it to hospital with my son. Having no money and certainly no money to get something to eat. It broke my heart irreparably to have to tell my ill teenager that he could only have 2 pieces of bread when he clearly was far hungrier than that.
Many days while at hospital with my son, I remember worrying about a meal for my other children at home. One cannot imagine the emotional turmoil dealing with a child with cancer AND worrying about empty stomaches and lack of basic necessities.
On this journey with cancer, our story about not having such basics as a plate of food, is not unique. In the many months of our journey with cancer I’ve seen hunger and also grateful tears when a hand is extended with something to eat at the other end. Organizations who support families like mine, are truly a God-send. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t even want to think how many times we’d go to bed hungry.
One would think that at times when a child get cancer, family and friends would be a constant source of unconditional support. While this is sometimes the case, it is not always so.
So organizations such as LFCT are a valuable support and resource who sometimes are the only refuge and door to knock on for food.
I can’t stress enough how essential their work is in providing for families like ours. I only have to look at my children to remember the look in their eyes telling them there’s nothing to eat, but LFCT is on their way with groceries. Smiles were priceless… #gratitude #appreciation
A grateful oncomom* “
We have a non-perishables groceries list, from which you can work to collect non-perishables, and we purchase fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy just before delivery.
For the non-perishables list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a financial contribution, please use the banking details below, and reference with FOOD.
ACCOUNT NAME: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
BANK: First National Bank
BRANCH NAME: Paarl Mall
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 622 777 83 249
BRANCH CODE: 250057
ACCOUNT TYPE: Cheque
Swift code for international donations: FIRNZAJJ
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010
For companies or private donations that require Section 18A Certificates to be issued for your contribution, please email proof of payment to email@example.com
THANK YOU for making it possible for LFCT to reach so may Families with what they truly need, at the right time.