I have just finished reading a few articles on a young cancer patient who got his angel wings on New Year’s Day, and I am ANGRY!!!
I am ANGRY that young Junaid Arendse from Mitchells Plain, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in 2014 passed away at the tender young age of 8, even though he outlived his doctor’s predictions – in June 2015 the doctors gave him 3 months to live.
I am ANGRY that one of our Little Fighters passed away on 12 January before we even had time to register him and offer any help.
I am ANGRY that two more families have to deal with the loss of a young child to a disease that is devastating in so many ways.
I am ANGRY that in other countries the childhood cancer survival rate is between 65% and 98% yet in South Africa the overall survival was calculated to be a mere 52.1%.
I am ANGRY that here at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, we are not strangers to death from Childhood Cancer… we see it too often every year!
“Child loss is not an event;
It is an indescribable journey of survival”
~ Author Unknown ~
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust functions with a tiny full-time team of 4 and works Nationally with the help of various Volunteers, Ambassadors, Representatives, and some wonderful Corporates too, without whom we could literally not function and do everything that we do.
These are the people who work in the background and about whom most of you do not know, or if you do even know that they exist, have absolutely no idea of exactly how integral they are to the continued existence and functioning of LFCT ~ These are the individuals that are the backbone of an organisation like ours…
We think that it is time that we change this fact, so we will be running a series of articles over the next little while that highlights these integral members of Team LFCT.
“A kind gesture can reach a wound
That only compassion can heal.
~ Steve Maraboli ~
Most of you know Little Fighter Shanaya by now – she is such a strong Little Princess with such a beautiful smile and personality – just like her mommy, Lee-Ann Govender….
While dealing with her daughter’s cancer, running back and forth to the hospital, chemotherapy treatments and all that goes with having a Child with Cancer, Lee-Ann still had time to act as an LFCT Christmas Elf.
Not only did all Lee-Ann’s colleagues jump in and collect a fantastic number of toys for our Christmas Elf project, but her Director, Leanne Parsons, also went above and beyond by arranging a Golf Day in her personal capacity, with her family and friends to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust!
Peeps, we have been SO blessed with goodies for our Little Fighters this year….
Diana Petfoods / Specialities Pet SA Pty Ltd came on board in a BIG way to provide for our most needy Children with Cancer this year and made a fantastic donation that ensured that our registered LFCT Little Fighters and their siblings are being totally spoiled this Christmas.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Diana Petfoods / Specialities Pet SA Pty Ltd – Yolanda van der Riet & Dioleen Maritz it was an absolute pleasure to work with you ladies and to see how much Diana Petfoods / Specialities Pet SA Pty Ltd and both of you personally, care about the work that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust does and about our Little Fighters.
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
~ Steve Maraboli ~
I was unfortunately unable to go through to Paarl in the week of the 15th to help with the massive job of packing and moving premises as I was indisposed – thankfully the Little Fighters Trust is fortunate enough to have some wonderful supporters that arrived in spades to help.
Last Friday I went through for a meeting and I was astounded at how much had already been sorted out and how great the new premises looked. I really have to take my hat off to all the helpers, but most of all to Team LFCT – all 3 of the ladies who run the office and the shop – the place looks STUNNING!!!!
While a paint job on the outside is called for, that will have to wait until their is time and the funds for the paint. The signage will be put up this week and I know Mandie will post pics of that, but in the meantime here are some photos I took after our meeting.
Please click on the photos to go to gallery view for larger photos and captions.
✨WOW! WOW! WOW! ✨ It is with the utmost humbleness and extreme gratitude 🙏 that we pen this post today.
While the Little Fighters Cancer Trust believes in making every day a Mandela Day, we usually do something extra every year on Mandela Day as well.
This year, due to unforseen circumstances, we ended up moving premises over this period and for the first time, we requested help for ourselves for Mandela Day – and we received – it in heaps!!!
While most people believe that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a massive concern with many staff because we work Nationally, the truth is that there are only THREE permanent staff, all ladies, at our HO – everyone else Nationally is a volunteer….
We would firstly like to thank every one of our supporters that have supported us throughout the year, without you all we can do absolutely NOTHING. We are extremely grateful to each and every one of you, as are all of our Little Fighters and their Families.