Every year, approximately 100,000 children under 15 die from cancer worldwide. That’s almost 250 children a day – a startling statistic given that about 80% of childhood cancers are potentially curable with existing treatments. Too many children are dying from cancer.
Childhood Cancer is often placed in the same category as Adult Cancer, but it is important to note that there is a vast difference between Childhood Cancer and Adult Cancer; because children are still subject to growth spurts within a short period of time, this may result in the cancer spreading faster and more aggressively.
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The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit which strives to offer support of various kinds to Children with Cancer and their families.
We commit ourselves to providing support with a holistic approach; the end result always needs to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride.
LFCT will not implement any procedural limitations which will cause a delay in delivering assistance to Children with Cancer and their Families.
We do not have any limitations as to the types of assistance we can and will offer except for the availability of funding.
LFCT will at all times treat each Child with Cancer and his/her Family as individuals as we understand and respect the uniqueness of each situation.
We undertake to promote and advocate National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase the amount of diagnosed Childhood Cancer cases in South Africa, as an increase in earlier diagnosis will result in a higher survival rate for Children with Cancer in South Africa.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust provides support in a variety of ways, including the following projects:
The LFCT BAG OF HOPE Project was initiated in 2010, when it became very clear, after numerous visits to paediatric Oncology Wards, that there is a desperate need for support to the Child with Cancer AND the bedside care-giver, which is usually, the child’s Mother. The LFCT BAG OF HOPE Project was conceived to provide Children with Cancer in Hospitals and their Bedside Carers with the basics like toiletries, snacks, toys, food, personal hygiene products and more.
For the Barefoot for a Day Project we ask you to go barefoot on 1st March and to pledge the purchase of a new pair of children’s shoes. We rarely distribute second-hand goods to Children with Cancer as their immune systems are depleted due to their treatments.Shoes should be posted or delivered to various drop-off points, to reach us before April 1st.
The 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, 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.
The emBRACE Project is a job-creation and self-earning Project, which means that, even while sitting in hospital, caring for their Child with Cancer, these Mommies can still earn a small income; enough for them to be able to provide the basics for themselves, maybe have a bit spare for treats for their Little Fighters.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Get Wrapped Project was born out of our visits to Paediatric Oncology Hospital wards across South Africa. During these visits we realised that even though some hospitals are better equipped than others, there was a dire shortage of and need for decent bedding at most of the hospitals.The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Get Wrapped Project entails asking for donations of new single bed blankets, preferably soft blankets due to the children’s sensitive skins due to some of the treatment regimens and distributing them to Little Fighters in Hospitals throughout South Africa.
The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.” The Little Fighters Cancer Trust does Mandela Day 365 days every year. However, on Mr Mandela’s Birthday, we encourage companies and individuals to join us in some grassroots work, getting their hands dirty, walking the walk with us, and giving of themselves.
The LFCT Snug as a Bug Project was born early winter of 2013, due to the increasing requests to our organization to provide Children with Cancer with clothing.The Snug as a Bug Project collects and distributes clothing for and to Little Fighters in Hospitals all over South Africa twice annually; at the start of Summer and at the start of Winter.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust focuses on a diverse and wide range of support and as the preservation of dignity is a main objective of the work it does, immense effort goes into preventing Children with Cancer and the Families from feeling alienated and forgotten.Special celebrations that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust takes special care to provide for include but are not limited to: Birthdays; Fun Outings; Mother’s Day; Christmas; Funerals
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Swim for Hope project began in 2013 when South African musician and veteran marathon swimmer Carina Bruwer returned to the ocean after a 6-year break with an impressive open water swim around Cape Point, in extreme conditions, to raise funds and awareness for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust. Since then it has become an Annual Invitational Event.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust recognises and assists with the Nutritional needs of Children with Cancer and their Families through various projects because a Child with Cancer requires special food and extra nutrition which most families can ill afford over and above the already soaring cost of Cancer:
This project sees Little Fighters Cancer Trust deliver a wholesome, warm, nutritionally-balanced cooked meal to every bedside caregiver at Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Ward. Most of these caregivers are mothers and grandmothers from the rural areas who are permanently at the patient’s bedside. This often means that the caregiver had to give up their job, so there is simply insufficient money for them to purchase food for themselves on a daily basis.
2. Festive Season Food Hampers
The Festive Season Food Hampers put together by LFCT benefit Children with Cancer housed at Places of Safety. These children are referred to Places of Safety by their treating oncologist, as their home circumstances are not conducive to them getting well at home. These Little Fighters can often only go home once a year; sometimes already financially strained families do not arrive to collect their children for the Holidays as there are just no resources at home to care for a Child with Cancer. In order to ensure that these children have the opportunity to be with their friends and family over the Festive Season, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust provides comprehensive, non-perishable food hampers for the child to take home, ensuring that both the Child with Cancer and the family have healthy and nutritious food over the holiday period.
3. Feeding Our Families
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. Children with Cancer have to follow a nutritionally specific diet, which is often impossible for families to follow due to lack of funds. 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.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust receives no funding whatsoever from Government, and depends on the kindness and donations of the general public like you to keep on doing what we do. We appreciate each and every donation, no matter how small… Please help us to continue helping all our Little Fighters and their Families by making a donation today.
Account Holder: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
Bank: FNB Paarl Mall
Account No: 62277783249
Branch Code: 250057
Swift code for international donations: FIRNZAJJ
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010
NPO Registration Number: 089-376
PBO Registration Number: 9300 37 657
Office Hours: 021 863 0249 ǀ Cell: 073 729 6155