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Our New Office & Pre-Loved Charity Shoppe


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.

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✨Thankful Thursday ✨ 💞Mandela Day Gratitude 🙏


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.

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✨Wishlist Wednesday✨LFCT Pre-Loved Charity Shoppe


Good Afternoon from a chilly Western Cape to all our Supporters. We hope that you are all as comfy and warm as all of our Little Fighters who recently received soft, snuggly blankets compliments of all our Little Fighter Friends.

It is Wednesday again, which means that in this post we ask you for goodies that we need for our Little Fighters as well as other items on our Wishlist.

As most of you know by now, we moved premises (2 doors down) over the weekend, and are still busy getting everything sorted. Due to the fact that the new premises are much larger (YAY!), we have space for more goodies to sell and also need some Office & Shop Equipment etc.

We will give you more info on our move and our new premises as well as all the fantastic help that we had in tomorrow’s post – our supporters are ✨AWESOME ✨and deserve a post all to themselves…

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Do Alternative/Complementary Treatments Work for Cancer Treatment Side-Effects?


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.

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Foodie Friday: The Nutritional Egg


Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition in a handy little round package. These little guys are packed with many nutrients – they’re an excellent source of choline and selenium, and a good source of high-quality protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorous and riboflavin. In addition, eggs are rich in the essential amino acid, leucine.

Eggs contain zero carbs and no sugar. That means you can eat a well-rounded breakfast during the week without feeling round yourself. Eggs are also naturally gluten free!

Many individuals avoid eating egg yolks due to the bad rap they’ve been given through the years for their cholesterol content, but the latest studies have found that an egg yolk a day has no effect on cholesterol levels, even for people with elevated numbers.

Most of the vitamins and minerals in an egg are found in the yolk. The white of an egg contains about 60% of the egg’s total protein, with the remaining 40% found in the yolk. Additionally, fat and cholesterol in the egg yolk have fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin D, E, A, choline, and the carotenoids lutein/zeaxanthin. Read the rest of this entry

Thankful Thursday: Get WRAPPED Project


Team Little Fighters Cancer Trust would just like to send out a bit (or a lot) of love to all of our Supporters across the Globe – we would not be able to do any of what we do without all of YOUR help.

Today we would especially like to thank each and every one of our supporters who donated to our annual Get WRAPPED Project – you will NEVER know how much those blankets that you donated mean to our Little Fighters and their Families.

Your donations mean that our Little Fighters will not get cold, either in hospital or at home while they are undergoing treatment, which is critical as they cannot afford to get a cold or even worse, the flu, due to their impaired immune systems from the cancer and the cancer treatments like Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy. Thank You!

Your donations also help keep our Little Fighters’ bedside-carers warm while the spend hours and hours sitting (and often sleeping) in a chair next to their child’s bed in hospital. Thank You!

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Wishlist Wednesday: Office/Shop Equipment


Most of you know by now that we are moving the Little Fighters Cancer Trust Office & Pre-Loved Goods Charity shop  just up the road on the Saturday 15th July – and because the premises to which we are moving are quite a bit bigger (YAY!!) so that we can fit everything in comfortably, it DOES mean that we need some Furniture & Fittings for our new space (see list lower down).

While we usually do our bit for our Little Fighters and their Families on Mandela Day via our Mandela Day Project, this year it is US who need help. If any of you in the Paarl area are still looking for something to do as your Mandela Day Activity (67 minutes for Mandela), we are in need of your help!

 

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New Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Centre Opened at Huntsman Cancer Institute


A new world-class facility dedicated to advancing research in cancer, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, officially opened at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah last month. At the opening, Jon M. Huntsman also announced a commitment from the Huntsman family and Huntsman Cancer Foundation to give $120 million to HCI.

The new centre was opened to expand research in cancers that affect children and families and to accelerate the development of new treatments and cancer prevention strategies.

The 225,000 square-foot expansion doubles HCI’s research capacity. Research enhancements include a biotechnology centre with the latest advanced genetic sequencing and imaging equipment. Scientists and researchers at the centre will leverage the additional space and technology to study the leading disease killer of children, to trace familial cancers, to accelerate the development of new treatments and cancer prevention strategies, and to enhance training programs for the next generation of cancer researchers.

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New Method Means Stem Cell Transplantation is Reaching More Populations


Stem cell transplantation has drastically evolved, not only moving into different types of haematologic malignancies, but also into patient populations of different ethnicities, according to associate director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Tsiporah B. Shore, M.D.

We live in a very multi-ethnic world, and it is more and more vital that all ethnic and racial groups needs can be accommodated.

With the addition of novel approaches such as haplo-cord and haploidentical transplants, an increasing number of patients are able to receive this necessary treatment.

Stem cell transplantation is a very important procedure that should be available for everyone. Looking at the unrelated registry, or even within families, there are very limited donors for many ethnic populations. It is vital that something is done about that so that transplants are available to everyone, even when donors are not available in the registry.

Shore’s centre has pioneered a new method called the haplo-cord transplant and also do cord transplantations and haploidentical transplantations – options which are fairly new and different to what was available five years ago thus enabling the entre to find donors for almost everyone.

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Foodie Friday: Marinades to Make Grilling/Braaing Foods More Healthy


If there is one thing that South Africans love, it is their Braai (BBQ), but with all the scares around eating grilled meat, some are querying whether this is still possible, and a Saffa who cannot braai is totally lost. How are they going to watch rugby now, or just have a nice day with friends around the pool or in the lapa of an evening?

Never fear, help is at hand, fellow Saffas, and you can STILL have your beloved braai – and in a healthy way too! When the scent of your neighbour’s braai tempts you to cook your own food on the grill, consider marinating your meat first.

Carcinogens – substances capable of causing cancer – are produced when meats (animal proteins) are cooked at high temperatures, so grilled meats can certainly increase the levels of carcinogens in the body. Marinating can reduce the formation of one type of potential carcinogen associated with grilling – use an acidic marinade such as vinegar or citrus juice. And no carcinogens are produced with grilled vegetables, so you can grill all the veggies you want.

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Foodie Friday: Recipes for Recovery


Cancer treatment can affect both the appetite and digestion of a Child with Cancer, making it difficult to enjoy the foods they usually love.

Added to the fact that they are just feeling miserable and do not have an appetite because of the cancer itself, they also have to deal with cancer treatment side-effects such as Appetite Loss Diarrhoea, Nausea and Vomiting, DehydrationTaste Changesa Sore mouth, Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia) and more…

While your child may not always feel like eating, it’s important to do what you can to help them maintain their intake of calories, protein and fluids. Think of good nutrition as an essential part of their recovery and do what you can to make it a priority.

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Wishlist Wednesday: Snug As a Bug Project


While we have been focusing on our Get WRAPPED project of late, wherein the Little Fighters Cancer Trust has been very busy collecting soft, warm blankets in which to wrap our Little Fighters both in hospital and at home against the biting cold, especially during treatments, those deliveries will occur imminently and we are soon to launch our next winter project,  Snug As a Bug – for the 5th Year!

Our Snug As a Bug Project encompasses collecting and distributing warm winter clothing for our Little Fighters – both those who are in hospital and those who are still undergoing treatment but are currently at home because the Little Fighters Cancer Trust understands that Families in which there is a Child with Cancer are so cash-strapped due to only one parent working and all the extra expenses because of the cancer that they cannot afford to purchase new clothing.

Children with Cancer get really cold due to the treatments they are undergoing, such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, as well as due to their severely impaired immune systems, and cannot afford to get a cold or the flu so need to stay warm!

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Conquering Cancer’s Biggest Side-Effect: Fear


Cancer can be a frightening, nerve-wracking disease, and medical science often overlooks the emotional toll it takes on patients.

Children with Cancer can suffer even worse as they have to deal with all the hospital and clinic appointments, tests, tubes, operations, scans and treatments.

When dealing with Childhood Cancer, not only does the disease take its toll on the Child with Cancer, but also on the Parents and siblings.

The stress of dealing with cancer in a child can cause many problems in the family unit, with siblings feeling that they are being ignored, parents being overworked and run ragged as the disease takes its course, and many fathers are unable to cope as they feel helpless and that they have failed their child – on top of which the mother often has to stop working to support the Child with Cancer – leaving the father as the only breadwinner and the only one at home to take care of the rest of the family.

Childhood Cancer often causes the break-up of the family unit, ending in divorce and leaving the mother to deal with everything on her own.

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Foodie Friday: Nutritional e’Pap Recipes


Yesterday we gave you some important information about e’Pap, a revolutionary nutrient-loaded porridge that was created to cater to the feeding needs of HIV patients and babies.

Nutrient content in fruit and vegetables has dropped up to 76% over the past 50 years in the USA and Europe. Proof that modern intensive agriculture practices create the problem. The result is a global crisis of mass starvation of micro-nutrients in communities both rich and poor.

Such is the success of e’Pap in improving nutrition, energy and productivity for those who consume it, that up to two million servings a month of e’Pap are distributed in Africa.

e’Pap could be the answer for Children with Cancer – it is full of vitamins, cheap, and easy-to-make; it does not even require cooking so is suitable for use in even the remotest rural areas.

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Wishlist Wednesday: Feeding our Families


It is winter in South Africa, and that means that we need to eat more, eat more hot food, and eat more nutritional food in order to stave off the bitter cold weather, influenza, the sniffles etc.

This 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.

Children with Cancer have to follow a nutritionally specific diet, which is often impossible for cancer-affected families to follow due to lack of funds.

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. LFCT supports in excess of 100 Childhood Cancer-affected Families with groceries every month!

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 via our Feeding Our Families project.

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