Category Archives: Videos

Conquering Childhood Cancer: A Seattle Children’s KOMO TV Special


Meet the patients and families dealing with childhood cancer, as well as those who help them through it – from doctors and nurses to social workers, even musicians.

Learn the latest in new cutting-edge research that is saving and enhancing lives, and how the Seattle Children’s Hospital community raises needed money to make it all possible.

 

 

Where Hope Lives


Ryan Hamner is a four-time survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma, a musician and a writer. In 2011, he wrote and recorded, “Where Hope Lives” for the American Cancer Society and the song for survivors, “Survivors Survive” used in 2015 for #WorldCancerDay.

Currently, he operates his website for those affected by cancer, 2surviveonline.com and drinks a ridiculous amount of coffee per day.

Ryan wrote the following interesting article recently about How food can trigger memories and emotions.

Food, how it tastes and trying everything possible to eat nutritionally whilst undergoing cancer treatments is an important subject for anyone who has gone through the fight with cancer, so we thought we would share his post with you….

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South African Singing Doctor to Launch Debut Album in Cape Town


One of The Mother’s City top singing-doctors is set to launch a new CD later this month, with the sole purpose of using his passion to make a difference in his community.

Upright Citizen is the début musical album released by singing-doctor Marc Hendricks, and he is set to dazzle Cape Town audiences at the Artscape Theatre on 22 April, for a one-night only performance.

Dr. Marc is well-known to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, as he is the much-loved and well-respected treating oncologist for many of our Little Fighters, who spend a lot of time at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Proceeds of the show will be donated to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for transformation initiatives.

Dr. Marc, as he is fondly referred to by our Little Fighters and their Families, is a wonderful, caring, compassionate Paediatric Oncologist who also has the voice of an angel (listen to him performing his composition BIRD SONG on the video below).

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The Face of a True Warrior


This is 10-year-old Little Fighter Brendon, and last week he made a short video for all his supporters to tell them how he was doing and thank them for the support; he first did this in Afrikaans (his home language) but when asked by Mandie if next time he could do one in English for those Little Fighter Supporters who do not understand Afrikaans, he immediately made a second one in English – what a CHAMP!!!

What is more important though, is that he made these videos a short few days after massive surgery to place a Broviac Line as well as open chest surgery to do a biopsy on his thymus.

This is what inspires us about our Little Fighters and keeps us doing what we do – all of these children who are fighting cancer are SO strong and somehow, through it all they all smile most of the time…

Brendon suffered from severe abdominal pain and cramping and was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2016, but his suffering continued as did the doctors visits, various medications, various medical tests, and loads of financial and psychological stress for the whole family.

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The Most Exciting News for Cancer Research Yet!!!


cancer-research-uk-grand-challenge-20-million-research-grantsIn 2015 Cancer Research UK launched a series of £20m awards for researchers attempting game changing research. These are the most ambitious grants in the world allowing international research teams to take on the biggest problems in cancer research, the Grand Challenges.

Seven Grand Challenges were set in consultation with patients, innovators and the scientific community, and multidisciplinary teams from across the Globe were tasked to submit proposals to tackle them – of the 56 bids received, 9 pioneering teams were shortlisted.

The idea was originally to fund only 1 team, but the independent scientific advisory panel were so impressed by the quality and potential of the shortlisted teams that they recommended an increase in the investment from one award to FOUR!!

Thanks to the generous support of partners and donors it was possible to fund not just one, but four exceptional teams.

As 10 of the world’s leading scientists deliberated on their decision to select the first winners of the Grand Challenge awards after months of hard work and sleepless nights, explains Dr Rick Klausner, chair of the Grand Challenge Advisory Board said:

We were almost pinching ourselves when we read the winning teams’ applications. They were among the most exciting I’ve ever read, and I’ve been reading and reviewing funding applications for almost 40 years!”

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The Role of Nutrition in Paediatric Cancer Treatment with Danielle Cook, MS


danielle-cook-navidiDanielle Cook Navidi learned that her 11-year-old son, Fabien Navidi-Kasmai had cancer, and the only nutrition advice she received was, “Let him eat McDonald’s. He needs the calories.”

Navidi, an avid cook with a love of farmers markets and a background in catering, was appalled.

Fabien’s body, his digestive system, his taste buds and even his cravings were being ravaged by his illness, Stage III Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He would go for days without eating. When he did, he had trouble keeping down even his favorite foods.

Navidi didn’t know how to feed him anymore, but she was convinced fast food was not the answer.

So I started with the basics,” says Navidi, a Washington, D.C., resident. “I grabbed a pot, put a chicken in, added some vegetables. There were days when he’d have chicken soup at 10 a.m. because it worked for him. Now that’s what I tell other parents: Start with the chicken.”

That back-to-basics approach is the backbone of her cookbook, “Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer.”

In this presentation, Danielle Cook, MS, will draw from her experience as the Director of an innovative nutrition program for pediatric oncology patients as well as her first-hand experience with her son’s cancer to discuss pediatric cancer in the United States and the need for sound nutritional support during and after treatment. She will also address the unique needs of adolescent and young adult survivors, and how the nutrition program she created bridges patient needs with cancer protocols.

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Bringing Smiles to Children with Cancer


a-child-cancer-patient-in-bangabandhu-sheikh-mujib-medical-university We at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust are all well aware what Children with Cancer and their Families have to go through on a daily basis; the constant pain, the stress, the illness, the devastation of little bodies, the treatments, the nausea, the suffering and the heartache of parents who felt helpless in the face of that monster, Cancer.

In 2014, Fatimatul Botul was talking to a friend who works at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). The doctor was sharing his experience of treating cancer afflicted children; describing how much pain they go through every day. This prompted Fatima to visit BSMMU one day to see for herself if she could do something about it. What she saw tore her heart apart.

I was heartbroken by the silent faces of parents and the cries of their ailing children,” Fatima says.

Aged between 1 and 11, most cancer patients in the paediatrics haematology and oncology ward of the hospital come from poor families who are unaware of the fact that cancer in children is often curable if they are given proper treatment and hope.

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Kindness of Strangers Brings Joy to Young Girl with Cancer


brandon-olsen-and-taylor-fritzWe are often so caught up in our own lives that we just completely ignore everyone else that we may pass by in the street; they are strangers after all, so why should we take note of them?

The following story though, shows just how important something as small as a smile and a wave can mean to total strangers and how far an act of kindness will go…

Three young girls in Blue Earth formed a special friendship with an unlikely duo, and it all started with a wave and a smile. The Evenson sisters stop what they’re doing during garbage pick-up. The short encounter each week has changed everyone’s lives.

Every week the girls, Grace, Rose and Sophia wait to hear the garbage truck round the corner. They scramble to climb into position on the perch at the window. They have been doing this wave and smile each week from afar for about a year. Brandon Olsen and Taylor Fritz, the garbage men with Hometown Sanitation, wave back just as vigorously.

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Former Child Cancer Patient now Nurse in Same Hospital she was Treated


jessica-lewisA young nurse is giving hope to child cancer patients in the very place that saved her life. 22-year-old Jessica Lewis beat cancer three times as a child, each time at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Lewis says her personal experience and her fight against childhood cancer inspired her to become a nurse and return to the place where it all began.

Jessica was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour, a form of kidney cancer, at the young age of 6, and was treated at Wolfson Children’s Hospital – she did not just beat the cancer once, but three times!

Recognised year after year as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, the 216-bed Wolfson Children’s Hospital is a non-profit organisation. The Hospital relies on charitable donations to provide world-class care for all children in the region.

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Inspirational 21 Year Old Makes Video to Announce Cancer Diagnosis


cancer-diagnosisLast week, Paige Morrison was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) is a type cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. In CML the bone marrow produces too many white cells, called granulocytes. These cells, sometimes called blasts or leukaemic blasts, gradually crowd the bone marrow, interfering with normal blood cell production.

There is no cure for this cancer, but with lifelong chemotherapy drug treatment, which will cost over $100,000 a year, she is expected to (and will) continue being the most perfect specimen of a human being to ever walk the earth, according to her family.

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Cancer Patients Should Avoid CHOCOLATE


no-chocolateAccording to recent research from the Institute for Research in Barcelona, funded by Worldwide Cancer Research, eating chocolate, biscuits and bread while suffering from cancer makes the disease more deadly.

A key ingredient in palm oil,found in some toiletries and in various foodstuffs, including chocolate, stimulates a protein called CD36 in humans.

This protein, which is found in the membranes of tumour cells, is responsible for taking up fatty acids. CD36 activity and dependence on lipid (fat) metabolism distinguish metastasis-initiating cells from other tumour cells.

Experts believe that this protein plays a vital role in tumours spreading around the body (metastasising), making it more deadly. It is hoped the ‘game-changing’ findings could lead to new treatments to prevent cancer from reaching vital organs.

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George H.W. Bush Shares Heart-Warming Update On Young Friend Battling Leukaemia


george-h-w-bush-shaved-his-head-in-support-of-leukaemia-patient-patrickThree years after making headlines for shaving his head in solidarity with a boy battling leukemia, former President George H. W. Bush took to Twitter to share some good news: The boy, Patrick, is doing great.

Bush first introduced the world to Patrick, the son of a Secret Service agent on his security detail, when a photo of the former president — with his newly shaved head — and the then 2-year-old boy went viral.

At the time, Bush told his granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager that he was following in the footsteps of members of his Secret Service detail who also shaved their heads in solidarity with Patrick. He told Jenna that shaving his head was the “right thing to do.”

George and Barbara Bush lost their second child, four-year-old Robin Bush, to leukaemia in 1953.

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