Honouring Janlu – Hodgkins Lymphoma

janluI had a very different post in mind for today – until I opened Facebook!

My settings are such that the very first posts I see are those from the Little Fighter’s Cancer Trust Facebook Page so that I can stay up to date with what is going on at all times.

This is usually a good thing, but every now and again all it does is hit me square in the guts and take my breath away.

Today was unfortunately one of those “kick in the guts” mornings… not the best way to start off a week…

This was because the first post I saw was the following…

It is with great heartache and sadness that we do this post this morning.

#LittleFighter Janlu lost his brave Fight against cancer yesterday.

Please keep Janlu’s Mommy, Daddy, Brother, extended Family and Friends in your hearts and prayers during their time of loss.

Rest In Peace sweet Janlu.

Janlu Dreyer was a Little Fighter from Malmesbury who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2015. Janlu’s family did all that they could, getting him the best treatment possible and his mom resigned from her job because Janlu required her to be at home with him.

To lose a child or a young sibling is one of the most painful things that a family can ever go through, and our hearts go out to Mom Cholette, Dad Henk, Brother Waldo, and Sister Chandre.

The reason that I am doing this post today is that I can just imagine that if the death of a child that I do not know personally affects me (and all others on our Team) so badly, how much worse it is for the parents, siblings and other loved ones…

It is this anguish and loss that spur us on every day to do what we do

It is the pain that Children with Cancer and their Families have to go through every day that gives us the determination to carry on

It is the strength and courage shown by our Little Fighters and their Families in the midst of Cancer Chaos that makes it imperative that we carry on

THIS is why we are constantly asking for your help – to prevent posts like this.


angel boy

How very quietly you tiptoed into our world,
Silently, only a moment you stayed.
But what an imprint
Your footprints have left upon our hearts.



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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