❣️URGENT❣️ Help Make a Dying Boy’s Wish Come True 🙏

Today we put out a very urgent plea for help to make a wish come true for young Aleem, a 5-year-old boy with terminal cancer.

Little Fighter Aleem Bowman was born on 25 July 2012. When he was admitted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital on 15 September 2016, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.

Aleem went through RCCH High Risk Neuroblastoma Protocol until April 2017, which included tests, scans, blood work, regular transfusions, hospitalisation, intensive chemotherapy and other treatments, and loads more.

Mommy Kaneez, a single mother, has had to handle a lot, and unfortunately this became even worse when the doctors informed her recently that there are simply no more treatment options for Aleem. He was on maintenance chemo for a short while, which was given purely to extend the time he has with his family, but even the maintenance chemo has now been stopped, as it serves no purpose anymore, and could now be harmful.

Aleem lives with his mommy (who had to give up her job to look after Aleem) and his older sister Kami at Kaneez’s elderly Parents’ home. Things have been very difficult for this family and The Little Fighters Cancer Trust has been offering whatever assistance we could such as food, clothing, bedding, and other practical needs since 7 October 2016.

Aleem was friends with another Little Fighter who lost his Fight last year, but who, before he died got his greatest wish and was able to visit Durban and have a very special interaction with the dolphins at Ushaka Marine World. Aleem saw the photographs, and has been talking about the dolphins for months!

Last week LFCT received a letter from Aleem’s Oncologist, positive about this travel and clearing him medically for the trip!

This is our brave Little Fighter Aleem during finger pricks at hospital last week


PLEASE DONATE to Help Make Aleem’s Wish Come True

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust wants to make Aleem’s wish to visit Ushaka Marine World come true. We need to make this happen QUICKLY and we need YOUR help to do this!!

We are looking at departure on Thursday 19 October and return on Saturday 21 October (Aleem has a weekly Wednesday Hospital appointment to take into consideration)


This is the Plan & What we Need!!

We want to include Aleem’s sister who has also been having a very rough time since his diagnosis, and of course Mom, and Mandie from LFCT will accompany them to offer help and support.

Clothing is a HUGE need, we would like to take them shopping at a retailer such as Ackermans, and we are hoping to be able to gift Mommy with 3 x R1 000.00 vouchers, so that they can buy what they like. This will also mean they have some nice, new and much-needed clothing and pyjamas for Summer!

This will be a ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE for this family! DIGNITY is HUGELY important to us – we would therefore like them to have some financial freedom so that they do not feel like charity cases who  must ask for every single little thing, so we need to give them some spending money.

THIS is why we ALWAYS include siblings in any treats or spoils! Just look how lovingly Kami is looking after Aleem in hospital lat week when he got platelet transfusions.

We would like them to be able to do some additional activities while we have them in Durban, as it is no fun to sit in the Hotel all day! Aleem is fascinated with flying, speed, heights, cars, and motorbikes. IF time and his energy levels permit, we would love to arrange a helicopter ride (around R5 000 for 30 minutes), and no visit to Durban is complete without having been on a Rickshaw Ride.

ALL gifts and spoils are welcome while they are in Durban. Kargo National is our Transport Sponsor, and if there happens to be any more than the allowed airline luggage allowance, we will have their gifts and spoils packaged and delivered to their home in the week after their trip.

Gifts can be handed to them personally at the arrival at Durban Airport, or, alternatively, left for them at the Hotel as a surprise when they check in.


We do insist on fairness, and must ask that if you gift Aleem with something special, that you also gift Kami with something equally special. Siblings are often left out, and this leaves an impression and sadness, which I am sure you can understand, we do not want to happen. Please also only consider gifts once all the pressing needs for this Wish are provided for, as it does not help to have loads of gifts, but we cannot get them to where they need to be, or secure accommodation for them.

PS, ideas for Gifts at arrival in Durban

Aleem LOVES Spiderman and Blaze & Monster Machines, his favorite colour is blue, he adores all things to do with flying, fast cars, motorbikes, speed and height. His sister Kami is a huge Princess Sofia fan, adores Barbie Princesses, is a real girly-girl who loves all things pink and frilly


Funds We Need to Raise



Flights, Cape Town to Durban return, 2 adults and 2 children, R11 200.00
Airport shuttles R1 680.00
Accommodation R5 040.00
Suitcases (they have none) R1 000.00
Clothing R3 000.00
Meals Budget R4 000.00
Spending Money R3 000.00
Additional Activities (Rickshaw ride, Helicopter ride etc.) R6 000.00
Emergency Cash for unforeseen circumstances and expenses R5 000.00
Miscellaneous items, such as toiletries, snacks, sunscreen R500.00
R40 420.00
Target to Raise R50 000.00


PLEASE consider making a financial contribution toward this total needed. As Aleem is terminal, we don’t have much time, as with each passing day, we are wasting precious time and it gets closer to the time when he won’t be able to do this anymore.

For our accounting purposes, and so that I can follow the donation’s progress, please reference your donation with “WISH” and email me a proof of payment.

Of course, the customary Section 18A tax certificates and B-BEEE score documentation will apply for the full financial value of your donation.



Little Fighters Cancer Trust
First National Bank – Paarl Mall Branch
Cheque Account No: 62380183013
Branch No: 250057



International Donors can donate via PayPal


PayPal – Donations


When we drop them off at home after Aleem has had his Wish come true, it won’t be goodbye – we will continue Supporting them in their home, with whatever means and resources we have available; we will be there until the end of his Journey.

In the event that we do get some of the services and activities sponsored, and IF we raise more funds through this appeal than are needed (which very rarely happens!), Aleem and our Hospital Projects and other Individual Family Support efforts will benefit from your donation.

THANK YOU for your time and generous consideration.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any part of Aleem’s Wish, please feel free to contact Mandie on 073 729 6155 or mandie@littlefighters.org.za




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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