Today, February 15th is International Childhood Cancer Day; a day on which individuals across the globe create awareness around the fact that cancer does not discriminate by age.
International Childhood Cancer Day is based on Childhood Cancer International’s (CCI) core belief that every child with cancer deserves the best possible medical and psychosocial care, regardless of country of origin, race, financial status or social class. It is also anchored on the premise that childhood cancer deaths are avoidable, with timely and accurate diagnosis, availability and access to proper treatment and care as well as affordable essential medicines.
Today we also think about all the children who are fighting cancer and their families and wish them Love, Light & Healing and remember all our Little Fighters who lost the battle and their Loved Ones, and wish them Love, Light & Strength.
For far too long, the rights and needs of children/adolescents with cancer have been marginalised and neglected. While deaths due to infectious diseases have been significantly reduced, deaths due to childhood cancer are increasing.
Every day 700 children and adolescents below the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer. Of the 250 000 diagnosed with cancer each year, about 90 000 of them will lose their lives to the disease.
Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15.
Unfortunately, the causes of paediatric cancer are still largely unknown, and although new discoveries are resulting in new treatments, this heart-breaking disease continues to scar families and communities in ways that may never fully heal.
It is up to all of us to ensure that we know the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer so that the disease can be detected early ~ this will make the chances of Survival jump from about 10% to a WHOPPING 80% – 90%
What is even more heart-breaking is that many more children and adolescents are robbed of this special time in their lives because they do not have access to decent health services and are therefore either diagnosed late or are not diagnosed at all.
Health systems in low and middle-income countries are inadequate or inaccessible and unaffordable; there is inadequate medical infrastructure and equipment; and essential medicines are either not available or too expensive.
Show your support for International Childhood Cancer Day by spreading Childhood Cancer Awareness, familiarising yourself with the Child Cancer Early Warning Signs (and sharing the information far and wide), and by donating to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust so that we can continue fighting for ALL Children With Cancer in South Africa.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust offers support to Children with Cancer and their families via various Projects for which we rely on donations from the public.
If you would like to help us to continue helping Children with Cancer and their families, please either make a financial donation or make a donation towards one of our projects.
THIS MONTH we are running our combined Barefoot for a Day and Snug as a Bug Project and are in DIRE need of NEW shoes and NEW winter clothing to distribute to our Little Fighters in Hospital Wards, Day Clinics and Places of Safety as well as those who are at home (with home deliveries we also look after all siblings and they get exactly the same as our Little Fighters.)
We are also always in need of foodstuffs and toiletries for our Little Fighters and their families – you can either donate product from our list of needs on our Wishlist Page under “Feeding Our Families“ or donate financially so that we can purchase the fresh produce that we add to each Family food delivery.
Please contact Billi du Preez on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries or for further information
Account Holder: Little Fighters Cancer Trust
Bank: FNB Paarl Mall
Account No: 62380183013
Branch code: 250057
Swift code for international donations: FIRNZAJJ
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010