Good Morning all Little Fighters Supporters. As you all know by now we were not able to do our usual Christmas Elf Deliveries at all the hospitals/clinics this year due to circumstances, but we promise to make up for it in many ways next year!
We did, however, manage to do a Christmas Elf Delivery at Red Cross G1 Oncology Unit last Thursday, accompanied by Shaakirah from Atlantic Seaboard Views, who has supported us in 2017 and will be supporting us throughout 2018 with advertising/awareness, another editorial and 2 events for our Little Fighters.
We did the delivery to 50 Little Fighters in the Ward as well as in the Day Clinic, and each Little Fighter received a bag full of games and educational toys as well as a lovely snack-pack.
The elves left there with broad smiles and full hearts, grateful that we could make those children who are fighting the battle of their lives feel at least a little bit better as well as know that there are lots of complete strangers who are on their side and wish them Love, Light & Healing.
Santa’s elves have been very busy at work collecting lovely toys and other fabulous goodies for our Little Fighters, including some healthy but scrumptious goodies for the snack-packs!
Unfortunately when we began this 2 weeks ago we did not know that the hospitals apparently need 4 weeks’ notice for any visit/event to take place – this effectively meant that we could not do our normal Christmas Elf Delivery at the Gauteng or KZN hospitals this year.
Also, apparently the children mostly go home the last week in November or the first week in December already to spend the holidays with their families.
We begged and pleaded with Red Cross and eventually got permission to do a small Christmas Elf Delivery on Thursday morning for around 50 Children with Cancer in the G1 Paediatric Oncology Ward and the Day Clinic. Some of the presents that have already been collected will be delivered, together with snack-packs and loads of love and hugs, to these children. (We will post photos later in the week).
Eating well is vitally important for our Little Fighters, as Children with Cancer need all of their strength to build up their immune system which is compromised due to the cancer and as a result of the treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy.
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.
This is never more needed or appreciated than over the Festive Season – we need to collect foodstuffs according to list below to feed 100 Families this Christmas as well as financial donations to purchase fresh produce required, such as meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy products.
All Donations need to be ready for collection by 12 December please!
Hey there Peeps, our shelves are getting a bit bare, and with the Festive Season coming up we need to fill them so that we have lots to sell in order to get funding for all that we need to do for our Little Fighters and their Families.
While we cannot give our Little Fighters anything second-hand, our Pre-Loved Charity Shoppe makes quick work of any pre-loved goods that are donated.
We have become quite well-known in Paarl and people know that they can get AWESOME bargains at our shoppe for their whole family.
With Christmas coming up, many of these customers who cannot afford anything else will be looking for some gently-loved items to purchase for their families for Christmas – please help us make sure that they can do so!
If it is in good condition we can sell it!
If you are in the Paarl area, do yourself a favour and pop in to our Pre-Loved Charity Shoppe @ 15 Castle/Kasteel Street – BARGAINS GALORE!!!
This is because there has been too little research into Childhood Cancer and too few new medications to treat childhood cancer.
According to the Coalition against Childhood Cancer, a mere 4 % of America’s National Cancer Institute’s budget is dedicated to paediatric cancer research – it is even less in some other countries.
Parents and advocates say that is not enough when you consider how much life these children stand to lose.
Treatment options for Children with Cancer have been stagnant for decades, with only 3 new drugs developed specifically to treat childhood cancers since 1980, compared to the 190 new treatments that have been approved for adults in the last 20 years alone.
The Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act that was signed into U.S. law during August this year aims to change that.
Cancer is not an old person’s disease; it is a disease that strikes at any age and affects everyone, irrespective of gender or race.
Virtually every single person on this planet has been affected by cancer in some way or the other, be it personally, a family member or a friend…
Childhood Cancer is possibly the most devastating for various reasons, including that there is too little awareness around paediatric cancer, and that too little is spent on research into childhood cancer.
Children are treated with the same poisonous drugs that adults are and experience the same if not worse side-effects from the treatment, and lastly, the mortality rates are too high!
Seeing one’s child try to battle a disease over which one has no control and for which there is no cure is the absolute worst thing that any parent can experience, yet tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of parents across the globe have to go through this ordeal every year; watching their child sufffer while they valiantly fight this dreaded disease and too often lose the battle.
Anorexia is a common symptom in patients with cancer, which can lead to poor tolerance of treatment and can contribute to cachexia in extreme cases. … Currently, there are no instruments that measure common concerns specifically associated with anorexia and cachexia in children with cancer.
By some estimates, nearly one-third of cancer deaths can be attributed to a wasting syndrome called cachexia that can be devastating for patients and their families.
Characterised by a dramatic loss of skeletal muscle mass and often accompanied by substantial weight loss, cachexia (pronounced kuh-KEK-see-uh) is a form of metabolic mutiny in which the body overzealously breaks down skeletal muscle and adipose tissue, which stores fat. Patients suffering from cachexia are often so frail and weak that walking can be a Herculean task.
Chemotherapy is the use of specific drugs, administered by a paediatric oncologist, to destroy cancer cells by preventing the cancer cells from growing and dividing to make more new cells. Cancer cells generally grow and divide much faster than healthy cells; chemotherapy destroys them more quickly than it destroys most healthy cells.
Chemotherapy drugs are very powerful and they cause damage to many growing cells, including some healthy cells. This damage causes the side effects of chemotherapy, which can include Nausea and Vomiting; Diarrhoea; Constipation; Heartburn or Stomach Ache; Sore Mouth or Throat/Mouth Sores; Change in Taste – Foods Have Less Taste or a Bitter Metallic Taste; Hair Loss; Skin Redness; Dry, Itching Skin; Moist Skin; Rashes; Sun Sensitivity; Swelling, Redness, or Pain at The Needle Site Where Chemotherapy Drugs are Given; Bladder Irritation and Infection; Change in Urine Colour & Strong Urine Odour; Nerve Damage; Stress Fractures; Fever; Flu-Like Symptoms; Infection; Anaemia/Fatigue; Blood Clotting Problems (Bleeding); Swelling/Fluid Retention; and Allergic Reaction.
Dr. Audrey Evans is a world-renowned oncologist whose career has spanned more than 60 years.
As the co-founder of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (1974), the first Ronald McDonald House in the world that led to the creation of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the co-founder of St. James School (2011), a faith-based middle school for under-resources youth, her efforts have impacted the lives of millions across the world.
Now at the advanced age of 92, her legacy was recently celebrated by the awe-inspiring new digital series, Modern Hero, which features groundbreaking women who are making a difference in their careers and in the world.
Dr Audrey Evans reduced mortality rates by 50% for neuroblastoma patients…she’s helped 7 million families in more than 63 countries across the globe….she’s giving under-resourced youth a chance at a better life…and at 92 she “still has the ability to do something for the benefit of humanity.”
A Cancer diagnosis is something nobody ever wants to hear, and least of all a parent of a young child, but it happens all too often and that is only the start of a devastating journey of pain, fear, depression, self-doubt and emotional and psychological stress.
For someone with cancer (and for the parents and siblings of a Child with Cancer), it is often difficult to face the pain, to face others, to keep a smile on your face when all around you is crumbling and you don’t know what to do or where to turn, to always try to be strong…
The best thing you can do for them is to just be there with support… sometimes giving support is to give advice; sometimes it is to cook a meal or clean their home; sometimes it is to take them where they need to be; sometimes it is to just listen as they unburden themselves; sometimes it is to literally be a shoulder to cry on…
… and sometimes it is just being there… not saying a word… just sitting in comforting silence… just sending love and strength their way…