We Need to DO MORE for Child Cancer Awareness


childhood_cancer_hope_bannerCancer is a horrific word, one that rightly generates fear in the hearts of people regardless of race, gender, age or income bracket.

Hearing the words Childhood Cancer is possibly even worse, because it strikes numbing fear in the heart of a parent whose job it is to protect their offspring and yet they know that they are helpless against the monster called Childhood Cancer.

In many ways, cancer is the great equaliser; it kills indiscriminately; it does not care who you are, what you are or how many people love and need you. It can kill you just the same.

One reason cancer is so terrifying is the fact that the disease can take so many forms. And it’s because of this that so many dedicated activists work to raise Awareness for the fight against a plethora of cancers, and why, apart from everything else that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust does throughout the year, we also make it our priority to spread Childhood Cancer Awareness throughout the year, not only during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust spreads not only awareness around the various types of Childhood Cancer, but also around Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer, because

The Best Defence against Childhood Cancer is Awareness and Early Diagnosis

 

Connecting a month to a cancer is an effective way to spread the word – just look at how effective the  October Breast Cancer Awareness campaign has been. There are so many different types of cancer that one could create awareness for a few different cancers every month of the year…

How does September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month stack up against other cancer campaigns? Sure there are many gold profiles on Facebook and a few, very few, companies even do some campaigning around Childhood Cancer Awareness, and some businesses and public venues light up in Gold for one night; a few sports teams take up the Golden Banner too, but just how much are our governments doing? How much are WE doing?

It is all good and well to “like” or “share” a post on Facebook or a Blog, and to write how sad we feel about children that have cancer, but is this really helping anyone? Yes, it does help as it show solidarity and gives encouragement to those who have Children with Cancer, and we need to continue doing so, but can’t we do more? Shouldn’t we be doing more?

The answer is an emphatic YES! Yes we can do more and yes we should be doing more!

In Africa we have a saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” The core meaning of the phrase is that bringing up children requires the effort of an entire community, and this is never more so than when there is a Child with Cancer in the community.

These children are children in our community, therefore according to African lore, they are “our” children and we need to look after them. WE need to look out for those who are vulnerable in our community, and by extension we need to look out for their Families as well – cancer is ruining lives; it is bankrupting families and it is causing major emotional stress; it is breaking families up and it is needlessly causing the death of our youngsters.

We can ALL help in various ways, and not only during the month of September either, because Childhood Cancer does not only happen in September – it is around every day of the year!

 

What can YOU do to help?

There are many ways in which you can help:

  • Buy Childhood Cancer Awareness Products
  • Spread Childhood Cancer Awareness everywhere (all year)
  • Create a Fundraiser and Donate the Proceeds (host a tea, a braai, a market…)
  • Use your Sport to Fundraise (run, walk, climb, surf etc for Childhood Cancer)
  • Donate goods
  • Donate Financially
  • Get your company to donate to the Cause

 

Change will happen if we act together. It might seem rare and far away, but it is here. Childhood cancer is killing “our” children every day. Stop letting it. Commit yourself to help saving these children — “our children.”

 

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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 26 September, 2016, in Blog and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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