PAUL AND THE DRAGON


When a child is diagnosed with cancer, life is changed forever. The child is put into an unknown world filled with hospitalizations, people in white coats taking blood, giving “pokes,” and administering treatments that can include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Children often feel sick, frightened and alone. Family routine suddenly includes balancing life at the hospital with life at home. Parents must juggle work while caring for their sick child, and other children in the family. They must also communicate what is happening to their child who has cancer. Often feeling like the world has turned upside down, they too feel frightened, confused and alone.

“Paul and the Dragon” is a powerful 25 minute video created to help children understand the world of childhood cancer in a safe way, with humor but also with truth. Through watching Paul’s battle with his dragon, the child with cancer will understand that scary things will happen to them as they fight their “cancer-dragon.” But they will also learn that the doctors, nurses and even the blue “medication-men” and purple “chemo-blobs” that sometimes make them feel sick, are really there to help them beat their cancer.

Paul and the Dragon from Anikey Studios on Vimeo.

Story:
Paul is feeling sick and needs to go to the hospital. After several tests he is diagnosed with cancer. He does not understand what is happening to him, and what the medications are doing. He feels scared and alone. His doctor explains to him that the cancer is like a dragon in his body that needs to be fought. As a true hero, young Paul fights the dragon, together with the medications and the love of his family, and wins.

This film is for children with cancer and their families. The film portrays the child with
cancer as a hero who has to battle an evil dragon living inside of their body. In this
exciting humorous metaphor, children will also learn about problems and issues that
can arise when a child has cancer. This visual representation of cancer is intended
to initiate conversation about what is happening, and help alleviate the fears the child
may have.

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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 13 September, 2015, in 4DAKIDZ. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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