Little Fighters Cancer Trust 1

Testimonials

 


Thank You Messages

Actual thank you messages from ‪#‎LittleFighter's Mommies after receiving food and blankets:

Thank you for the parcel. The blankets are unbelievably beautiful and XXXXX loves the Grey one as it's so soft and beautiful. Thank you for your support and to all the sponsors for looking after us families, it is truly a blessing and highly appreciated. Love from XXXX and me"

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Hey. Thank you very very much for everything. Wow, my fridge and food cupboards have not been this full with food in months. Thank you very very much for everything, and the blankets, they are so soft. The kids also say thank you for everything xxxxx for all your caring and love. The kid's tummies are full and they are snuggling under their warm blankets. Have a nice evening xxx"

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"Hi. I unpacked the boxes and I’m at a loss for words... Once again from both me and my hubby thank u soooo much... I know that wot u guys do doesn’t come easy, but we appreciate u all for the awesome work u do..."

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Oh my God! What a delivery! Thank you thank you thank you! I was about to unplug the freezer because it was empty and now it is full again! I can't tell you how fast my heart is beating with joy! And the clothes are so very pretty too!"

 


Zee Onco mom

I'm a parent who attends G1 Oncology every week with my son. Sometimes his dad is there sometimes we both are there with our son. I'm just writing to let the LFCT people and yourself know how much the daily lunch meal is appreciated.

As someone who has been visiting the hospital at least weekly for the last 4 years and more often than not, there were caregivers sitting or being there for long hours and not eating anything while there. As a family who has been dealing with all kinds of challenges the last 2 yrs, I too have been at hospital with my son, having no food or money to buy any.

So this initiative by LFCT, supplying a very nutritious lunch meal during the week, is sooo appreciated. Its seems the menu is well thought-through and planned as it's varied, tasty and delivered with love. I know there are many caregivers for whom this meal is often the only meal they will have that day.

As a parent attending the Oncology unit at Red X for so long, I meet and speak to lots of other parents. And in the past I have asked the sister in charge if parents too could be given something to eat. This then happened a few times after, but then it stopped again. 

 

So bless you guys for opening your heart to the caregivers of G1 Oncology. I pray this initiative will be able to run for a very long time as it is sorely needed. 

 


Vicky Gerber Rochelle Momberg mother

My daughter, Rochelle Momberg (13 at the time) was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma Leukemia on 13 January 2013.

We are from Port Elizabeth and her treatment required that we had to go to Cape Town (Red Cross Children's Hospital) for 6 months! During the time that Rochelle and I spent in hospital we had the pleasure in meeting the team from Little Fighters Cancer Trust, what a blessing for us!

Being a single parent and raising my two kids on my own, this was a very difficult time for us ( I had to give up my job and my house ) also having a lot of pride in me and will never asked for anything,

LFCT supported us in bringing parcels to hospital which really helped a lot, as we had to pack and leave PE within a day of notice that we are going to Cape Town, and not once, I had to asked for anything, their loving, reaching out hands, were always there and available.

Thank you very much!!!

Further on, they made special days, like Mother’s day, also very special, by having a nice lunch for us, and spoiling the mothers and even Rochelle and the other kids, with lots of gifts! Also a big thank you for arranging meals for all mothers that are 27-7 by their kid’s bedsides...this really helps a lot, and is so thoughtful!

I thank LFCT from the bottom of my heart for all the good deeds!!!

 

Regards Vicky Gerber.

 


Theresa Nieuwenhuis

26 May 2011

Due to the fact that it is a very rare type of cancer, not like leukemia, there are no statistics or positive feedback from the doctors. Everyday you stand next to that sick bed, watch how needles get forced into your child, watch how the doctors conspire on how to operate / proceed, theaters are your new best friend because you see them so much, hospitals / ICU becomes hotels and medicine becomes like cooldrink, it feels like a lifetime to get test results back and yes then those sleepless nights on how long do I have left with my child.

Tania Goslett invited me on Facebook to join the Little Fighter’s Cancer Trust Facebook Page a while back. On this page you’ll see daily updates on children with cancer, photos, word of hope / joy and also condolences and sympathetic messages for those who have lost their battle.

Xuané has her own Facebook page but I also put a weekly update on Xuané’s well being on the Little Fighter’s Cancer Trust Facebook Page so that everyone is aware of her condition. If I feel down and don’t know how to go on, I just go to the page, paste something on their wall and there will be a response in seconds, words that are uplifting, people that ensures you that they are praying and will not stop!

Tania and her team were so kind to make my little girls’ dream comes true. She had this dream to meet Bobby van Jaarsveld in the flesh. Due to her condition, I couldn’t take her to one of his concerts because we have to drive a long way and she can’t sit for long. I shared this dream with Tania and she said that she is going to try her best. Every time there were hiccups, then he’s away on honeymoon, then he is busy with a concert. But one day positive feedback came back, just when we needed it. He came to visit her one evening at our house. He brought her a cute teddy bear, sweeties and a prayer. Although she was very shy, I know that she will never forget this! Because after he left, this was all we talked about and every time she said he came to visit me, she gave one of those giggles only she can give.

They do so much for the children in need, and not only the children but the parents that is going through this ordeal as well. They are sympathetic, kind and good hearted. They will go out of their way just to make our (parents) pain a little less.

With Xuané’s condition she is permanently on nappies. Tania and Little Fighter’s Cancer Trust did everything in their power to get me sponsors for nappies. I already have 2 sponsors’ thanks to them!

I will be forever grateful for Tania and her team to make our days a little less worry and much brighter!

 


St Josephs for the chronically ill children

24 Dec 2011

Dear Mandie, Thomas, Tania and Diane

I have been sitting here thinking how I can describe how thankful we are for your support and I am struggling to find the appropriate words…..

I want you to know how much we appreciate what you have done in such a short time for our children in the Daisy Ward. You know how special they are and I have no doubt that they have begun to develop a relationship with you. Mandie, you experienced this yesterday, when Nizole shouted in recognition and gave you a big hug.

You and your team are angels sent to us and you have made a real difference in our children’s lives and we are very grateful for that.

Thank you so much and we hope that 2012 is a prosperous one and that it brings all that you hope for.

 


Red Cross Children Hospital

Mandie and Thomas.

Many thanks for the lovely comfort packs handed out to our patients and parents this morning.

They are greatly, greatly appreciated and very welcomed by our clients.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to you and Thomas for the all the effort in putting the packages together.
Thank you also for the Easter eggs- the sugar levels of the children are going to be sky rocketing this weekend.

Shehaam Hendricks
Red Cross Children’s Hospital
Paediatric Oncology Ward Social Worker

 


Pick and Pay Argus Project

Hello Little Fighters Team.

A quick thank you to all of you for hosting a very special pre-race evening. The efforts of the ‘Bay to Bay’, tour were indeed worth every pedal stroke when it became clear the level of support that you gave us all. As a non-South African resident my knowledge of the ‘Little Fighters’, organisation was regretfully non-existent, but once explained I found great warmth and personal support for every action you take. I hope that as every year passes I will be able to continue visiting South Africa as a rider and tourist and wish for many more tours to be as successful as the last.

Regards and support,

Rob Barrow

P.S. My time was 3.22.42 not particularly quick but very enjoyable

 


Heini Brain Cancer Little Fighter

Gratitude. Every time we knocked, a new door opened for us! Wherever we went astray, a new path appeared! We were helped, we were encouraged and we are supported! We are blessed! Thank you for helping and never judging! That you jump in and give as our lives are collapsing.

God bless!

Dankbaarheid. Elke keer wat ons geklop het, het ‘n nuwe deur vir ons oopgegaan! Waar ookal ons gedwaal het, het ‘n nuwe pad vir ons verskyn! Ons was gehelp, ons was bemoedig, ons is ondersteun! Ons is geseend! Baie dankie dat julle help en nooit oordeel nie! Dat jul inspring en gee as ons lewe inmekaar tuimel. 

 

God bless!

 

 


CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation

Hi Mandie

Thank you for the care bags!!! It was awesome to meet you and I hope we get to see you again.

Thank you Thank you

Lots of love from all of us!!!

Chantel Lowry
Social Worker/ Johannesburg General Hospital
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation

 


Child Support Services Netcare Unitas Hospital

Hallo Mandie

Thank you so much for your visit. I am just sorry you got to meet so few children this time around, but that’s how it goes. I am very excited about the fact that you want to become involved with Netcare Unitas. The Bags of Hope has been distributed to the other parents and patients and the parents was very grateful for it. One mother commented that it was the first time that they have received something practical and useful. Many donors just offload chocolates and sweets which is really not necessary or healthy. Thank you for the wonderful work which Little Fighters Cancer Trust does. I don’t think it is only about the care bags, but the fact that you really care.
Lekker dag.

Carina Fourie
Child Support Services
Netcare Unitas Hospital

 


Charmeon Carneson

20 Jun 2011

"This organisation, run by three people, Tania Goslett, Mandie Erasmus and Thomas Engela is incredible. In our case they have helped ease our journey through Child Cancer with their endless kindness and offers of help. I wonder if anyone, not travelling this horrible journey knows how important it is to have "a shoulder to cry on" or angels like these three who always have your back no matter what. My grandson Reef was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of 5 months, it has been a 2 year journey I would not wish on anyone, but LFCT are amazing whether it is sourcing specialised food for Reef and couriering it to our doorstep, sending parcels of nappies, clothes, creams etc. Collecting funds for doctors bills to be paid these people are relentness in their determination to make the life of cancer familities easier. I thank God for them every single day. It takes a very special person to put aside your own needs and see to the needs of others and these three wonderful angles of God are just such people."

(Submitted by Charmeon Carneson)

 


at Red Cross Pediatric Oncology Ward

Beautiful letter of appreciation received from Prof Davidson, the Unit Head at Red Cross Paediatric Oncology Ward. 

Little Fighters Cancer trust

Paarl

I am writing on behalf of the patients and staff of the G1 Haemotology-Oncology unit at Red Cross Children's Hospital to thank you very much for your generous donation on Monday, 23 November 2015 of gift bags and party packs for our children. Christmas has really come early to our Unit. the manner in which the children's faces light up when Sr Brown unexpectantly hands them the bright gift bag is most precious.

We are proud of the work that we do and immensely grateful to our community whose generosity allows us to do so in such splendid circumstances.

Considering all the difficulties and trauma these little people face along their journey, we are enormously appreciative of all that our community does for them.

Yours sincerely

Prof A Davidson

Associate Professor and Head

Paediatric Oncology/Haematology Service

 

 


Alrika Hefers

27 December 2014

Dear Tania

On behalf of our children, management and staff I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the gifts together with a donation of scooter bikes, balls, stickers, juice etc. we received for our kids. I can assure you that it is of great value to our kids and will be very useful to them especially over the holiday season.

Thank you again for being part of our extended team to improve the lives of the children in our care.

We will be celebrating our 80th year in 2015 and would like to include all our donors.

 


Adriaan Brain Cancer Little Fighter

“We just want to say thank you for everything you have done for us. We really appreciate it tremendously.

Adriaan’s brain cancer has shrunk more! Prof. said that he only has to go for a scan in PE and follow-ups. If all goes well, we won’t have to come back here! (Red Cross, Cape Town)

Again, thank you for sorting out our Cape Town accommodation and transport daily, and THANK YOU to everyone who was involved. God Bless You ALL”

Septima

 

Adriaan’s Grandmother

 


A Grateful Onco Mom

As a parent with a child with cancer, the challenges are many. When a child has cancer, the entire family is affected. If you have not experienced this journey yourself, you cannot begin to imagine the scope of the challenges that come our way.

When a child gets diagnosed, there’s immediate changes. Most of the time if there’s been 2 incomes, the mom (if she’s been working) gives up her job to be there for the child with cancer.

I’ve witnessed first-hand the utter devastation childhood cancer brings to families.

My family and I went from a good ordinary life of comfort to wondering where our next meal would come from, with no income.

We lost everything on this journey and many days I don’t know how we made it to hospital with my son. Having no money and certainly no money to get something to eat. It broke my heart irreparably to have to tell my ill teenager that he could only have 2 pieces of bread when he clearly was far hungrier than that.

Many days while at hospital with my son, I remember worrying about a meal for my other children at home. One cannot imagine the emotional turmoil dealing with a child with cancer AND worrying about empty stomach’s and lack of basic necessities.

On this journey with cancer, our story about not having such basics as a plate of food, is not unique. In the many months of our journey with cancer I’ve seen hunger and also grateful tears when a hand is extended with something to eat at the other end. Organizations who support families like mine, are truly a God-send. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t even want to think how many times we’d go to bed hungry.

One would think that at times when a child get cancer, family and friends would be a constant source of unconditional support. While this is sometimes the case, it is not always so.

So organizations such as LFCT are a valuable support and resource who sometimes are the only refuge and door to knock on for food.

I can’t stress enough how essential their work is in providing for families like ours. I only have to look at my children to remember the look in their eyes telling them there’s nothing to eat, but LFCT is on their way with groceries. Smiles were priceless… #‎gratitude #‎appreciation

 

A grateful oncomom* “

 

2017/10/21