The Little Fighters Cancer Trust PANTRY
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust recognises and assists with the Nutritional needs of Children with Cancer and their Families through various projects:
Emma Fourie Lunch with Love Project
This project sees Little Fighters Cancer Trust deliver a wholesome, warm, nutritionally-balanced cooked meal to every bedside caregiver at Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Ward. Most of these caregivers are mothers and grandmothers who are permanently at the patient’s bedside. This often means that the caregiver had to give up their job, so there is simply insufficient money for them to purchase food for themselves on a daily basis.
Most of the beneficiaries of this project are from the rural areas in the Eastern Cape, Garden Route, Northern Cape and in some cases spend as long as two years in the hospital next to their child’s bed, sleeping upright in a chair, with no other support.
You can read more about the Emma Fourie Lunch with Love Project HERE
Festive Season Food Hampers
The Festive Season Food Hampers put together by LFCT benefit Children with Cancer housed at Places of Safety. These children are referred to Places of Safety by their treating oncologist, as their home circumstances are not conducive to them getting well at home.
These children can often only go home once a year; sometimes already financially strained families do not arrive to collect their children for the Holidays as there are just no resources at home to care for a Child with Cancer.
In order to ensure that these children have the opportunity to be with their friends and family over the Festive Season, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust provides comprehensive, non-perishable food hampers for the child to take home, ensuring that both the Child with Cancer and the family have healthy and nutritious food over the holiday period.
Feeding Our Families
In excess of 50% of the individual Childhood Cancer-affected families that are supported by the Little Fighters Cancer Trust have lost one income due to the child’s diagnosis.
With one parent in the hospital for months, sometimes years on end, the sole breadwinner struggles to make ends meet at home. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust ensures that these families have food in the home while the Child with Cancer is in and out of hospital.
Children with Cancer have to follow a nutritionally specific diet, which is often impossible for families to follow due to lack of funds.