The Weekend the Tears Would not Stop


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This past weekend has yet again been a weekend when the tears did not stop amongst the Little Fighters Cancer Trust team.

It is always heartbreaking to lose a Little Fighter, but to lose two in two days is devastating…

This weekend two of our Little Fighters lost their battle against Cancer.

From the minute contact is made with a Little Fighter and their family, they become part of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust family.

We help them where we can, we support them where we can, we follow their progress and laugh with them at the fun times, rejoice with them at even the smallest victories and mileposts, and cry with them when things are not going well.

When we receive news that a Little Fighter has lost the fight, it is a very sad day for Team LFCT.

 

Austin lost his fight against Ewing Sarcoma on Saturday  night after having been placed in a morphine induced coma due to organ failure.

This was posted by Austin’s Mom, Ilse on his Facebook Page on Saturday night:

“Evening All,

Austin Sean Fabian, our son, brother, beloved warrior, confidant, best friend earned his angel wings tonight. In his battle against cancer every time when an inch was asked from him he always gave two while smiling. He took this battle face on till his very last breath.

We would like to thank everyone for their support during this journey and hope you continue to support other cancer patients and their parents as you did us.

Austin my son, your legacy will live on forever in every person’s heart which you have touched.”

This incredible young man with his gentle soul will be sorely missed. We ask that you keep Austin’s Family and loved-ones wrapped in all the love your hearts can muster.

Austin, may you rest in eternal peace. Your voice might be quiet, your eyes will not laugh at us again, but your spirit lives on in the memories we will forever cherish.

With much love and the highest respect for the incredible strength and fortitude you showed to the end

Team LFCT

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Tyler

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Tyler lost his brave and hard-fought battle against cancer during the early morning hours of Sunday.

We ask that you keep his Family and loved-ones in special prayers and thoughts during this time. Please take a moment to honour Tyler’s Fight and his Memory.

Tyler, may you Rest in Eternal Peace sweetest of hearts. Your laughter might be still, your footsteps quiet, but you will live on in our hearts.

With much love and respect for the unbelievable Fight you put up

Team LFCT

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In the midst of all of this there is no respite…

While we lost two Little Fighters this weekend, we also gained one…

I spoke to Mandie on Saturday afternoon, and she was in tears because she had just put down the phone from another phone call for help…

Our latest Little Fighter is a youngster with Down’s Syndrome who has just been diagnosed with Brain Cancer.

The grandmother phoned Little Fighters Cancer Trust in desperation and in tears because her daughter, the child’s mother, died last October from Cancer and now the little one also has cancer and this poor grandmother has no more strength and no idea what to do.

Many people see the smiles and “happy faces” of Team LFCT; what they do not see are the tears and heartache that are constant companions when one does this type of work.

We all love what we do, and do it for love of our fellow human beings, but believe me when I tell you that it does affect every single one of us on a daily basis.

It is also under these circumstances, where we KNOW that many of our Little Fighters could possibly have been saved and gone on to live long and fruitful lives had they been diagnosed earlier and had people (including members of the medical fraternity) been more Childhood Cancer Aware, that we labour daily to raise funds so that we can spread Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Childhood Cancer Awareness means more people know the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer, which means earlier diagnoses, which will mean fewer times we and the families of our Little Fighters will have to shed tears.

Please help us in this fight of ours to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness by backing our Open Water Warriors in their upcoming Swim for Hope around Cape Point later this month.

SMS “Hope” to 40770 to make a once-off R20 donation

 

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

Posted on 9 March, 2015, in Blog and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Patrick,
    Thank you for your enquiry. Please refer to our Volunteering Page https://littlefighterscancertrust.wordpress.com/volunteering/ and see which type of volunteering you would like to do then you can contact us via our Contact Page https://littlefighterscancertrust.wordpress.com/contact-us/ and we can take it from there.

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  2. patrick cleary

    What type of qualification does one need to join you as a hands on helper.

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