Boost bat­tle against child­hood can­cer


NEXT Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 15 is In­ter­na­tional Child­hood Can­cer day and all who sup­port this wor­thy cause, are asked to wear blue on the day and buy Child­hood Can­cer Foun­da­tion SA (CHOC) badges and heart-shaped choco­lates at R10 each.

CHOC supports child­hood can­cer suf­fer­ers and their fam­i­lies. They strive to pro­vide a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment at treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties, give moral sup­port and even to help when, for in­stance, the fam­ily lives far from the treat­ment cen­tre and needs some­where to stay while their lit­tle one is un­der­go­ing ther­apy. In some cases they could be away from home for months. A story that ap­peared in the Daily Dis­patch this week de­scribed the or­deal of a mother and her lit­tle girl who was di­ag­nosed with can­cer when she was only two. De­scrib­ing the trauma of nu­mer­ous op­er­a­tions and other pro­ce­dures over a pe­riod of more than two years, the mother says, “CHOC re­ally stood by me. There is also a so­cial worker in the ward whose sup­port is mind-blow­ing and the pae­di­atric on­col­o­gists were fan­tas­tic.

“They said I could go to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal, but I chose to stay with the state be­cause of the fab­u­lous sup­port you get. There is a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment and al­ways another mom to speak to.”

This mother’s link with CHOC has not abated since her daugh­ter’s re­cov­ery. (This year the lit­tle girl started Grade R).

“Other moms and go­gos at Frere had more chal­lenges than I did. They would lock up their homes in ru­ral ar­eas and come to East Lon­don for months at a time. This is where CHOC would step in to help them. That is why I want to give back by sup­port­ing CHOC,” which is why she feels it im­per­a­tive to im­press upon peo­ple that the early de­tec­tion of child­hood can­cer en­ables a bet­ter chance of sur­vival.

“There are a lot of very sick kids,” she said.

So if you sup­port this worth­while cause make sure you don some­thing blue next Thurs­day and make your fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion by buy­ing a badge and/or cho­co­late from Step­ping Stone School on the cor­ner of Liv­ing­stone Road and Pea­cocke Street.

ROUND OF AP­PLAUSE: Out­go­ing chair­man of Queen­stown Round Ta­ble Dean Gold­schmidt, left, hands over the Tabler of the Year award to Dar­ryl Aspey at the club’s re­cent in­duc­tion din­ner

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