The Roller Coaster Ride That is Childhood Cancer


rollercoaster_smDealing with Childhood Cancer on a daily basis is like riding the biggest roller coaster on the planet, and the ups and downs do not come weekly or even daily…. things change by the minute!

One minute your heart can be so full and proud that you feel like bursting into song… and the next minute it is shattering into a million pieces.

One minute you get the news that a Little Fighter has finished their Chemotherapy Treatment or been declared Cancer Free and it is time for celebrating… and the next you get the news that one of our Little Fighters has lost the battle and it is time for tears… again…

One minute you are on cloud nine because, thanks to our wonderful supporters, the Team has once again managed to pull off a miracle and delivered blankets, a birthday present, a real bed, a wheelchair, warm clothing, or food to a Little Fighter or a Little Fighter’s Family that is suffering not only the Emotional Effects of Childhood Cancer, but devastating Physical, Economic and Financial Effects too…

… and in the next moment your heart is breaking again because you have just received an e-mail from one of the hospitals with whom the organisation is involved, requesting URGENT assistance for FOUR ‪‎Little Fighters and their Families.

We are very sensitive to the privacy of our families so have removed all patient details, but below is the e-mail received, as is, so that you can understand and feel the scope and reality of the need out there…

 

“Hello Mandie.

I have families that desperately require material assistance.

1) PATIENT INFORMATION REMOVED
Stepfather’s salary is only income in family. Patient experiencing emotional hardship in dealing with physical appearance and alienation from friends. She’s an emotional eater and exhausting the mother.

2) PATIENT INFORMATION REMOVED
Father was dismissed from work due to high absenteeism from work which was due to bringing patient to appointments. Patient is for palliative chemo at this time. Father is the primary caregiver. Case currently with CCMA but no income into family now.

3) PATIENT INFORMATION REMOVED
Mother stopped working to support patient through this treatment period as there was no support person to bring patient to appointments. Now no income only Maternal Grandmother’s pension monies to support family

4) PATIENT INFORMATION REMOVED
Mother was dismissed from community work project due high absenteeism bringing patient to hospital appointments. Mother went to report her dismissal to the CCMA. Very poor support system. Father is disabled and unemployed foreign national. Waiting for the CDG. Patient will be for palliative chemo if this next lot of treatment doesn’t help. Diagnosed in Nov 2015 and relapsed in May 2016. Very aggressive abdominal tumour.


Please let me know if you can assist these families.

Many thanks.

Kind regards”

 

It is winter, it is cold, and our non-perishable foods pantry is bare. Financially we are scraping the bottom of the barrel and at this stage will not make it to the end of the month without more funding coming in. We have around 60 Families that we are helping out on a regular basis at the moment, apart from all the other once-off needs and the different Projects that we run throughout the year.

While we do not have the means to help ANY of the above-mentioned Families at the moment, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust NEVER turns ANYONE away, so once again we need to pull a (4) rabbit(s) out of the hat!

These families are being registered with LFCT and will be added to the growing list of Families that we help on a regular basis.

LFCT never makes promises to anyone bar ONE – We will do EVERYTHING in our power to do WHAT we can, WHEN we can, and WHEN we have the available resources.

We CANNOT do this alone, however – we need YOUR help!

shopping trolleyThe very first thing we need to do is make sure that these families have food to eat and are warm enough. We still have some blankets from donations received, but we urgently need donations of non-perishable food items so that we can sort out their IMMEDIATE NEEDS!

If you would like to donate but live too far away or would prefer to donate financially so that we can purchase the necessary items ourselves, see our banking details below.

Physical Address for Deliveries by yourself, a courier or Pick ‘n Pay who will deliver right to our door:

6 Mossop Street,
Paarl,
Western Cape
South Africa

 

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a registered NPO with PBO status. This affords private and corporate donors the taxation benefits as set out in Section 18A.

BEE score points are also accumulated.

Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010
NPO No: 089 376
PBO No: 930037657

Contact mandie@littlefighters.org.za or 073 729 6155

If you would like to receive our non-perishables grocery list as a guideline to work from, please email mandie@littlefighters.org.za – you can also find a list on our WISHLIST under our Little Fighters Cancer Trust PANTRY Project – FOOD PANTRY NEEDS.

If you have a large amount of foodstuffs collected for us, we can arrange for collection directly from you no matter where you are in South Africa, or put you in contact with one of our drop-off points near you.

 

If you wish to make a Financial Donation,
you can do so via:

 

Bank Details:

Account Holder: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
Bank: FNB Paarl Mall
Account No: 62277783249
Account Type: Cheque
Branch code: 250057
Swift code for international donations: FIRNZAJJ
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010

Please reference your donation with “FOOD”

 

PayPal – Donations

 

 

Any companies or businesses who would like to purchase non-perishable food in bulk as part of your CSI spending, please contact us for details on how to process your donations and a list of specific dietary needs for our Little Fighters.

Children with Cancer have impaired immune systems and very specific nutritional needs, so we ask that you please do not donate expired food or damaged containers of food, as we often receive these and we CANNOT send these to our Little Fighters and their Families.

 

 

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Thank You!

 

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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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