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A Happy & Blessed Father’s Day to ALL Fathers!

A good father makes all the difference in a child’s life. He’s a pillar of strength, support and discipline. His work is endless and, oftentimes, thankless.

The father of a Child with Cancer has an even harder job because he must continually stay strong for his child, even when they are in so much pain that it makes him want to cry.

The vulnerability they experience is stupefying and causes self-doubt, general worry, and frustration with the medical care they receive.

The father of a Child with Cancer rises to the challenge, whether holding a vomit bucket while their child empties their insides, squeezing into a tiny bed with their child overnight in the hospital, or delivering countless meds through syringes.

Even when at work, there is no magical “off switch” to shut off the immense stress and worry that onco-dads feel about their family. “It’s hard to focus, especially after a night where you rushed your child to the hospital with a seizure.”

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Reefie Goes to School :-D

Our smiling boy Reef Carneson

Somehow or the other (I believe it is Kismet), I got connected with the Little Fighters Cancer Trust Facebook Page shortly after they started it (around mid 2011), and one of the first Children with Cancer that I became aware of was Reef Carneson.

Reef was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 5 months, during a routine paediatric check-up. He had an extremely high white cell count (200,000) and at the time his parents were told that his prognosis was not good at all.

A month into Chemotherapy Treatment Reef went into renal failure and was put on dialysis in Morningside I.C.U. after which he returned to Donald Gordon Medical Centre and continued with an extremely aggressive protocol of chemotherapy.

Unfortunately Reef’s fight against cancer had only just begun… Read more about this early period on our website.

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Flash Mob for Cancer

This is a video that was made by The Breast Cancer Site. It is a wonderful celebration of love and support shown to those who are affected with cancer and  I thought it an apt way to end off the work-week.

Remember that the support of family & friends is really important when someone is battling cancer ~ sometimes words are not even necessary, just being there and quietly showing support is enough. At other times emotional and physical support are needed, including helping with chores that cannot be done, like shopping, laundry, cooking, mowing the lawn etc.

And remember ~ when an individual gets cancer the whole family gets cancer, as it affects everyone so offer your support to the family as well as to the individual.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


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Late Night Thoughts of A Mother Whose Child Has Cancer (4)

Ethan  ~ 90 Days in Remission

Ethan ~ 90 Days in Remission


Little Ethan, otherwise known as Ethan “Iron Man” Jacobs,  is now 3 MONTHS Cancer Free, and Little Fighters Cancer Trust celebrates this milestone with Ethan, his mom Gila, dad Riaan and the rest of their family.

Herewith Part 4 of Ethan’s story, as penned by Ethan’s Mom, Gila Jacobs.


20 June 2014

Since I now have time to look back in retrospect and also have become a part of the Little Fighters family, I realise how important and necessary a support structure is when you are forced into this world of oncology. Therefore I want to begin this piece with a big THANK-YOU to LFCT who always tries to lighten the load… no matter what it may be. You guys walk away from your own lives to take a walk with each and every one of the cancer families you meet… truly an awesome way to live!

It also dawned on me that every little bit made a difference and still does. Every kind word, every sms or whatsapp message to ask how things are, every meal that came marching through my front door unannounced. Every package of food sent to hospital with my husband, every visit from family and friends, every organisation that made rounds in the hospital and gave my son a toy or a treat, everything and every little bit of kindness helps when your world is falling apart around you.

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Late Night Thoughts of A Mother Whose Child Has Cancer (3)

photo of ethan with hair 3 months post-chemo

Ethan 3 months post-chemo for Rhabdomyosarcoma


As promised, here is this week’s article as penned by Ethan’s Mom, Gila Jacobs, on her feelings as an Onco Mom in dealing with the daily trials and tribulations of cancer. As originally explained, this article is posted as is to maintain integrity and passion.


13 June 2014

Today was one of those days that I found myself reading up on my son’s risk factors. Presently the cancer is gone, been removed by surgery, burnt off by radiation and kept at bay with chemotherapy. Will it stay gone though, I wonder… and for how long? What will I do if it comes back? Read the rest of this entry

A Happy & Blessed Father’s Day to ALL the Fathers out there!

Happy Father’s Day Party Graphic

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
And then there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it – Dad.

Pursue Happiness

Pursue Happiness

Light A Candle for a Little Fighter


In many traditions, lighting candles is a sacred action.

It expresses more than words can express.

It has to do with Gratefulness and with Hope & Faith.

From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. Why should cyberspace not be sacred?


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