Little Fighters Cancer Trust ~ The Little Charity that DOES a LOT!!


 

TCP-Dividers0011While I often post articles about great things various people all across the globe do for Children with Cancer, and I also see many items in international and local news, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust does not get that much coverage, especially television or international coverage, yet it is an NGO that does ongoing AMAZING work on a NATIONAL scale!!

I am often stunned at the things that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust staff manage to do against enormous odds, with the help of loyal supporters and a few generous donors, and I for one am SO glad that I am associated with a cause that just plugs on in the background regardless of whether anyone notices or not… with NO government funding, NO offices, 3 staff members and NO resources of which to speak.

Here are just SOME of the great things that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust has done over the past few weeks:

 

LFCT Families Christmas Tree Event 2015

With a generous donation from a benefactor who wishes not to be named, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and Carina Bruwer were able to host a wonderful Christmas Tree for most of the LFCT Families that we Support in Cape Town.

It was incredible to have everyone together and to see so much happiness and joy.

The children had ample space to play at Tables at Nitida, who graciously hosted the event. Dinner was lovely and relaxed….and then Santa arrived and the REAL fun started!

After the excitement of Santa’s visit, everyone joined in singing Christmas carols with Carina, to end the evening on a special note.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed and made this magical evening possible.

Mr Ramzi Mansour and Family
Nitida for the venue and a special menu
Fair Cape Dairies for drinks and milkshakes
Paarl Toyota for providing transport for some of our Families
Unieke Boetieke Costume Hire for the Santa Suit
Toya n All Paarl Mall- for more discounts on gifts
John Bouer, AKA, Santa Clause
Carina Bruwer

As you can see from these photographs, there is no doubt that the evening was enjoyed by absolutely all!

Ho ho ho and a Merry Christmas!

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Tygerberg Christmas Elf Delivery

We delivered 35 Christmas gift-packs to the Little Fighters in the Paediatric Oncology Ward at Tygerberg Hospital.

It was quite a shock to see this ward so busy, with children coming and going constantly. When we confirmed the patient list this morning, we were advised to prepare for 13 Little Fighters. Luckily, we are always over prepared for any eventualities, and not one Little Fighter was left out!

We took very few photographs, as many Little Fighters was really not well, but everyone had a smile by the time we left.

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust Christmas Elf Project. YOU made this delivery possible.

 

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Extra-Special Christmas Gift for a Young Fighter

At 5am on the 16th December (a public holiday in South Africa), Mandie posted the following request on our Facebook Page:

Good morning Little Fighters Cancer Trust Supporters!

Most of you will already be on holiday, but, cancer takes no break, not even for Christmas. We have just been contacted by a mom of a Teen Fighter who has been battling Osteosarcoma for a couple of years. She contacted us with a very special Christmas Wish for her son.He has outgrown his mobility aid, and now, this young man is stuck. He cannot even go outside the house.

We will be contacting the family today and confirm them as an LFCT Family, as well as confirm the young Fighter’s diagnosis. However. We would love it if you can start looking out for a motorised scooter, the type generally used by the elderly to move around. These are quite pricey, and right now, we simply cannot afford to purchase one for him.

BUT, this page is filled with Miracles every day. Perhaps someone here has one stuck away in the garage or have one left over from parents or grandparents who passed away, and would be willing to gift it to this youngster so that he can experience the simple pleasure of mobility. We will arrange for the transport from anywhere in South Africa.

PLEASE get in contact with mandie@littlefighters.org.za or call me on 0737296155 if you can help make this very special Christmas Wish, of just being able to go outside unassisted, a reality for this brave young man. If you cannot help with the scooter, please help by sharing this post.

In the Spirit of Christmas, let’s work together to make this Christmas Wish come true!

By 8am we were able to call this young man’s mother, and tell her, there is an electric scooter on the way to him 🙂

A HUGE THANK YOU to Judy De Kock from Somerset West for donating her scooter to him. Her son had recently purchased a new one for her, and she was about to sell the scooter when she saw our post and changed her mind.

This young Fighter’s life will be forever changed by this generous gift.

THANK YOU Judy, and THANK YOU to everyone who shared the post!

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

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Christmas Miracle for a Little Fighter

At 7am on Friday 17th December (Mandie does not sleep, people) Mandie posted the following on our Facebook Page:

Christmas Wish time!

We have an 11 year old Little Fighter who was diagnosed with cancer when she was five years old, went into remission for a year, and then relapsed badly.

She is on experimental treatment from the USA as there are no other treatment options available for her, and she has had one helluva Fight so far, and has even survived a hole burnt in her stomach by having to drink 60 pills a day as part of her cancer treatment.

She has missed years of school and does not have friends, because she is virtually cut off from the normal World. She cannot go to the beach this holiday. She cannot go to the mall. She cannot go out at all, and her life at the moment, consists of hospital and home.

The Family does not have a television, and THIS is the Christmas Wish.

We are hoping that someone has a television which they do not need or use, which they would be willing to gift to this Little Fighter for Christmas, so that she can enjoy the simple pleasure of watching television while she is home, and at least have something to do during the few days a week when she is not in hospital for treatment.

We have made sure that the Family has ample groceries for December and all the children in the Family has received their Christmas gifts. This Christmas Wish however, will mean a lot to this Little Fighter who cannot do much else.

If you have a second-hand, but in good working order, television which you want to gift to this Little Fighter and her Family, please call or send a message to Mandie on 0737296155.

If you are in Cape Town, you can deliver your gift directly to the Family, if you would so wish. If you are not in Cape Town, and would be willing to package your gift very well, we will arrange for transport and delivery from anywhere in SA.

If you can help make this Christmas Wish come true, please get in contact right away. If you can’t help with the gift, please help by sharing this post.

We got another Fighter his Christmas Wish for an electric scooter two days ago, so that he can get around without being able to walk, from a shared post, so sharing can make ALL the difference guys!

She is not asking for much. Let’s make it happen?

Just before 9am, Mandie posted THIS:

OK, this is FLIPPING AMAZING!

Within LESS THAN ONE HOUR, this Christmas Wish has come true!

THANK YOU to Marelize de Villiers, who is donating a television for our ‪#‎LittleFighter‬!

However, THERE IS MORE! Paula Meyer is going to send a new DVD player and is collecting children’s DVD’s from friends and family to send down as well!

THANK YOU Paula and Marelize, and THANK YOU to everyone who has shared this post! YOU made it happen!

And THAT is the way we roll at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust!!

 

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Christmas Elf Delivery 2 Pretoria Hospitals

Some heavy weight ‪#‎ChristmasElves‬ helped us spread some cheer to the ‪#‎LittleFighters‬. Thank you Jaco Els, Shawn Marx and Robert from Warrior Sports Martial Arts and Fitness Academy, Dricus “Stillknocks” du Plessis (EFC Worldwide – Extreme Fighting Championship) and Niel Du Plessis (Fightstar Fighting Championship South Africa) The latter two out of CIT, for taking time out from your schedules. We appreciate the Support and the muscles in carrying the bags and making the children smile.

 

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Christmas Elf Delivery Donald Gordon and JnbGen in Johannesburg

Today we visited Donald Gordon and Joburg Gen to spread some cheers. ‪#‎LFCT‬ Supporter Karen Brooke came along to lend a hand… thank you Karen for taking the time out with us. Donald Gordon only has 12 beds was over capacity and some children had to stay in High Care as there was not enough space to accommodate everyone. But all is good, and we left amid smiles and cuteness. And then off to Joburg Gen for the last Christmas stop for the year. Unfortunately due to the Child Protection Act neither of the hospitals allowed us to take photos.

 

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Christmas Elf Delivery & Party Albert Luthuli (Durban)

This year, Little Fighters Cancer Trust joined forces with Mrs Perumal, whose son is a cancer Fighter, and who has, for the past ten years, assisted the Doctors and Nurses of Albert Luthuli Paediatric Oncology, in hosting a Christmas Party for ALL the #LittleFighters treated at Albert Luthuli.

We supplied a Christmas gift, snack-pack, Christmas crackers and Santa hats for every single child who attended, which enabled Mrs Perumal and the wonderful staff, to use their resources to provide groceries for the Families who need assistance over the Festive Season.

Oh goodness! And it was amazing!

Our volunteers, Tamsyn and Sunette, had a wonderful time handing out all the gifts. There was so many smiles, incedible joy and a truly Festive Spirit.

THANK YOU to every single person who contributed toward the #LFCTChristmasElf Project. YOU made this delivery possible.

THANK YOU to Aunty Mary, Mrs Perumal and the caring Staff at Albert Luthuli for allowing us to assist them. We look forward to working with you very soon, to make sure your Little Fighters and Families get consistent, practical Support.

 

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Christmas Elf Delivery Bloemfontein Universitas

Our wonderful pair of hands in Bloemfontein, dearest Cynthia, had great fun delivering Christmas gifts and snack-packs to all the children currently in Bloemfontein Universitas Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology unit.

These are gifts and snack-packs donated by YOU, and we have the blessing of the unit head to share these photographs with you, so that you can see where your donations to Little Fighters Cancer Trust ends up.

Many of the Little Fighters in the ward today, were really very sick, and we do not take photographs of them when they are not feeling well. Even though they were asleep or in isolation, they will get their gifts and snack-packs when they feel a bit better.

As we always over-cater, because there could be newly diagnosed children or emergency admissions to the ward, literally overnight, we were also able to leave 12 gift packages with Prof, who will hand them out to Little Fighters as they get admitted over the next few days.

There were plenty of happy Little Fighters today, lots of smiles and laughter, squeals of delight and a lot of hugs.

THANK YOU to everyone who has had a hand in the #LFCTChristmasElf Project. YOU made this all possible with your generosity and love.

 

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The above was all accomplished in less than 3 weeks – without fanfare, without massive funding, without loads of staff, without offices, without a vehicle… but with LOADS OF LOVE and COMMITMENT!!

It is for this reason that I LOVE being part of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust Family and would like to personally say THANK YOU to all Staff, Volunteers, Ambassadors, Donors, and Loyal Supporters for all that LFCT achieved this year – YOU ALL ROCK!!!!

 

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Although we never close, we will all be taking it a little easier for the next 2 weeks or so and our members will be spending some well-deserved downtime (kind of) and spending some time with their own families. LFCT is however ALWAYS on call for emergencies and the blog will still coast along as well.

We wish all Christians a Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Safe & Loving Festive Season to All. Stay safe, have fun, and please DO NOT drink and drive… we want to see everyone back safe and sound in the New Year!

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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

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