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 ~
A few weeks ago the Little Fighters Cancer Trust received notification from a young man who was planning to use his talents to fundraise for LFCT and the work we do with Children with Cancer.
This is what we LOVE to see – people who use their talents and passion to fundraise for those who most need it!
Will is an “amateur” photographer and decided to make use of his talents by offering a special for the month of November to raise funds for LFCT.
Last week we received a wonderful financial donation from Will towards our work, and are very grateful that Will chose us, using his passion to fundraise for our passion – Children with Cancer & their Families.
Thank You also to all those who agreed to be photographed by Will for this fundraising project and allow us to publish their photos – all of YOU helped make this possible!
Check out Will’s Facebook Page, Photos by William!
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).
We are getting some food donations in but also need financial donations so that we can buy FRESH veggies etc, to go with the Food Parcels. 🌽🥕🥦🍅🍗🥩🍼🥔
We need donations to be in by the 8th December to enable us to purchase and pack and send goods out by the 12th December.
All donations welcome 😘 Every R1 000, R500, R100, R50 helps 😘
Please Reference all donations with “Family Feeding”
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!
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.
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…
Hola, Peeps! Can you believe that is almost November already – where has the year gone?
This being so, it is time for us at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust to start making arrangements for our Christmas Elf Project!
For those of you who do not yet know this; every year LFCT does a drive for Christmas Presents. The LFCT 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, all of 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.
In order to do this, we ask for volunteers to act as Christmas Elves as we need loads of elves to help us pull this off.
Would YOU like to be an LFCT Christmas Elf this year? Read on about how you can become one and what your sacred duties as a bona-fide LFCT Christmas Elf will be….
Today is Diwali, the Festival of Lights, a day of celebration that spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
Today is also the day that our Little Fighter, Aleem’s greatest wish would have been made manifest as he would have flown up to Durban with his mommy Kaneez and sister Kamie to meet Gambit the Dolphin at uShaka Marine World today.
Today is also the day that Aleem’s Family and Loved Ones will say their final goodbyes as his funeral takes place at 9am…
Emotions are all over the place… there are no words…