These days, walking into any major cancer centre looks rather different to a few years ago, because you are likely to see not only ordinary examination rooms, equipment, and chemotherapy suites, but also massage rooms, yoga mats, and possibly even a music therapy room.
This is the world of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. More and more recent research now supports complementary treatments such as Acupuncture, Yoga, and some diet supplements as good ways to relieve some of the side-effects of Chemotherapy Treatments.
Treatment centres that offer complementary options, as well as the amount of individuals taking advantage of them, have increased dramatically across the globe in recent years, with some studies showing that around 50% of all people undergoing cancer treatment use some kind of complementary option.
Most of the complementary treatments recommended by medical doctors have few or no side-effects, according to the director of medical content at the American Cancer Society, Ted Gansler, MD, who states that it is fine to try Music Therapy or Meditation, for example, while you follow your standard treatment plan.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust employs various methods of fundraising and getting donations of goods and services, including the establishment of a charity shop in Paarl last year.
While we can only donate new clothing, toys etc. to Children with Cancer due to the fact that they have lowered immune systems and therefore a heightened risk of infection, your pre-loved items can still make a HUGE difference in their lives, by allowing us to sell them in our charity shop and use the proceeds from the sales to support Children with Cancer and their Families.
Providing the services and goods that we do costs millions of rands every year; and year on year the costs are just getting greater, with added Children with Cancer and their Families as well as the ever-increasing cost of living in South Africa.
We understand that the general public is also struggling and cannot always help with cash donations, but everyone has loads of “stuff” that they periodically need to get rid of.
Folks, we are running out of time to get all our gifts ready for the LFCT Christmas Elf Project. We start doing Christmas Elf Deliveries at the end of November so that we are able to include Little Fighters who might be well enough to be sent home for the Holiday Season in our Gifting.
The Christmas Elf Project provides Children with Cancer with Christmas presents which many of them would not have otherwise.
For many children this will be the only Christmas presents they will get. Apart from supporting Individual Children with Cancer, their siblings also get Christmas Gifts and many of these destitute Families are also gifted with a full month’s worth of groceries so that they too can share in the Festive Season without having to worry about where the next meal will come from.
A few weeks ago we published a post called The Real Face of Childhood Cancer; the story of little Jessica Whelan, a 4-year-old terminally ill Child with Cancer.
Her father, a photographer, snapped a photo showing his daughter suffering from the pain caused by neuroblastoma and shared it on Facebook, pleading with followers to raise more awareness for paediatric cancers.
Unfortunately, little Jessica lost her 13-month battle with cancer on Sunday, and her father posted a heartbreaking tribute to his ‘little princess’ whose photograph, showing her grimacing and arching her back in pain because of neuroblastoma, caught the attention of millions and made her a worldwide symbol for children battling cancer.
It is impossible to share everything that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust does on this blog – this is normally shared on day-to-day posts on our Facebook Page, but every now and again I feel that it is necessary to let others, who may not be local and who may not be members of the Page, know what it is that we do on a daily basis and what actually happens to all the donations we receive.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust works with absolute transparency, and our books are available for scrutiny at any time, because we believe in what we do and what we do is to see that everything that is donated goes directly to the benefit of our Little Fighters and their Families (many of you will know that our “office” is in the home of our Founders, and that most Team members work from their own homes, using their own resources, and that the majority of Team LFCT is made up of volunteers.)
In the past 2 months, apart from supporting the Hussain Family in various ways, including arranging for Muhammad’s Dream to be made possible a few week’s before his death, we have also continued to support over 200 Families and our more than 2 000 Children with Cancer on a daily basis across the length and breadth of South Africa.
The number of Children with Cancer and their Families that we help is not constant, as there are deaths that occur virtually weekly and there are also children newly diagnosed with cancer as well as others that join OUR FAMILY constantly. There is basically never a day that passes that LFCT does not get at least one request for help – from a family, from a hospital, or from various other sources…
Eating a balanced, nutritional diet is very important for good health, especially for Children with Cancer, as they need the correct kind of nutrition to make help their compromised immune systems fight the cancer and other infections.
Children with cancer need protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.
This is not always easy, however, as individuals with cancer often lose their taste for various foods due to the cancer treatments, and some treatments make one feel nauseous or make everything taste metallic.
It is also often difficult for parents who are struggling financially to try to find something that their child can actually stomach eating – sometimes they can only keep down something like cheesenax, and the parent, just grateful that they are at least eating something, will ply them with this snack – it is not nutritional however, so one needs to try other things.
Every year the Little Fighters Cancer Trust works very hard on our Christmas Elf Project – we gather donations and pack wonderful Christmas packages for all our Little Fighter Families as well as all the Children with Cancer in Paediatric Oncology Wards across South Africa.
The Christmas Elf Project provides Children with Cancer with Christmas presents which many of them would not have otherwise. For many children this will be the only Christmas presents they will get. Apart from supporting Individual Children with Cancer, their siblings also get Christmas Gifts and many of these destitute Families are also gifted with a full month’s worth of groceries so that they too can share in the Festive Season without having to worry about where the next meal will come from.
We start doing Christmas Elf Deliveries at the end of November so that we are able to include Little Fighters who might be well enough to be sent home for the Holiday Season in our Gifting.
Our Goal for 2016 is to gift 2 000 Gifts & Snack Packs! In order to reach this goal we desperately need your help. Donate a gift today to make a Child with Cancer’s life a bit more happy and bearable:
Childhood Cancer is not something the average individual really thinks about – until it happens to them or someone close to them…
Here at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust we deal with Childhood Cancer daily, and we feel the pain of our Little Fighters and their parents deeply.
A father should never have to post a photograph like this of his child …
On Oct. 27, doctors at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital informed 4-year-old Jessica Whelan’s parents that she would only have weeks left to live. Her father, a photographer, snapped a photo showing his child suffering from the pain caused by neuroblastoma and shared it on Facebook, pleading with followers to raise more awareness for paediatric cancers.
Last year, 3 intrepid travelers, Danie Botha, G.G van Rooyen and Jan van Deventer, traversed Seven countries in 7 days in a Kia Sorento kindly sponsored by KIA SOUTH AFRICA, to raise funds for Children with Cancer who are terminal and are not covered by Medical Aid.
You can see some wonderful photos and read more about last year’s trip HERE, and we will be updating as much as possible again this year so keep up with these wonderful guys right here or on Facebook.
The team of journalists under the leadership of Danie Botha, is once again heading out to traverse 7000 kilometres, across seven African countries in seven days to spread some cheer to children fighting cancer and to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.
Criss Angel is a renowned magician who has worked with childhood causes since 2001.
When his young son Johnny Crisstopher was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015 at the tender age of just 20 months old, Chris took this one step further and started the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation in 2008 to raise Awareness of Paediatric Cancer and provide funds for research, treatment, and – ultimately – a cure.
Criss Angel has funded the operations of the foundation out of his own pocket since inception so that 100% of the donations can go directly to this fight against Childhood Cancer.
Criss recently directed Dee Snider in a remake of Twisted Sister’s rebellious Eighties anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Snider transformed the song into a thoughtful piano ballad to help raise awareness for Criss Angel’s HELP (Heal Every Life Possible) charity.