GMCAC holds sec­ond year of air­port tour for chil­dren with can­cer

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MACTAN, CEBU – In its ef­fort to “make a dif­fer­ence” be­yond air­port op­er­a­tions, GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Air­port Corp. (GMCAC) along with the Cebu Can­cer In­sti­tute con­ducted last April 21 the sec­ond year of the Dream Starters Tour for the 40 pe­di­atric pa­tients of Kythe Foun­da­tion Cebu.

These chil­dren with can­cer ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents and guardians in­clud­ing vol­un­teers of Kythe Foun­da­tion were treated to a tour around Mactan- Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port in­clud­ing a visit in­side an Air­bus320 air­craft courtesy of Cebu Pa­cific.

Shalom Rea Ber­nales, Per­pet­ual Suc­cour Hospi­tal – Cebu Can­cer In­sti­tute Child Life Co­or­di­na­tor ( Visayas and Min­danao Hos­pi­tals) shared that 70 per­cent of the pe­di­atric pa­tients who par­tic­i­pated dur­ing this year’s air­port tour were those newly di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some of those who came over for the tour last year were on their fi­nal stage of can­cer and are un­able to come for the sec­ond time. Yet, we are grate­ful for GMCAC for yet again an­other mem­o­rable Dream Starters ex­pe­ri­ence these chil­dren have be­cause for most of them, it is their first time to set foot in­side an air­port and be in­side an air­craft,” Ber­nales said.

Apart from the air­port and air­craft tours, the chil­dren made art de­signs show­ing what they as­pire to be when they grew up. Oth­ers drew them­selves as pi­lots and stew­ardess.

"I was di­ag­nosed with leukemia at the age of 5. Now I am 10 years old and I want to be a stew­ardess,” shared Faith Bada­cus.

De­spite her can­cer illness, Bada­cus is de­scribed by her mother as be­ing “en­er­getic and al­ways happy.”

“See­ing these chil­dren brave their own storm with so much hope brings a dif­fer­ent mean­ing to our Dream Starter pro­gram,” said GMCAC Pres­i­dent Louie Fer­rer.

Dream Starters is a pro­gram un­der the CSR port­fo­lio of GMCAC. It is a monthly air­port tour tar­geted for school chil­dren around the Mactan Cebu Air­port Com­mu­nity with the ob­jec­tive of spark­ing dreams to young minds.

“It is our hope that within the 25-year con­ces­sion agree­ment, some of these chil­dren could come and join us. We hope that the Dream Starters pro­gram will en­cour­age them to as­pire and do well in school so that one day they would be able to come and work at the air­port whilst at this mo­ment they just see air­planes,” added Es­tee Marie Plun­ket, GMCAC Head of Cor­po­rate Af­fairs.

An­drew Har­ri­son, GMCAC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ad­viser noted, “The man­age­ment team and the or­ga­ni­za­tion of GMCAC holds high the value of CSR and the par­tic­i­pa­tion and con­tri­bu­tion that we make to the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. We do this through sev­eral in­ter­ven­tions, which in­clude liveli­hood de­vel­op­ment, car­ing for the com­mu­nity, and the de­vel­op­ment of a school pro­gram be­cause ed­u­ca­tion is the corner­stone of ever y eco­nomic foun­da­tion and the suc­cess of its peo­ple.”

GMCAC, in par­tic­i­pa­tion with Jol­libee and Cebu Pa­cific, has cho­sen to part­ner with Kythe Foun­da­tion for last month’s Dream Starters tour since the month of April is rec­og­nized as the “Can­cer in Chil­dren Aware­ness Month.”

Pe­di­atric pa­tients of Kythe Foun­da­tion along with their par­ents were treated to an air­port tour around Mac­tan-Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port un­der GM­CAC's Dream Starters pro­gram

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