LFCT @ Work
Little Fighters out to help
6 June 2011
Article by Lise Beyers
AFTER seeing friends being crippled by cancer, a Paarl couple has taken it upon themselves to try and relieve the plight of cancer sufferers and their families. Thomas Engela and his wife, Tania, were faced with the excruciating news last year, when the newborn baby of a friend, Timothy Finaughty, was diagnosed with a very rare form of Leukeamia.
This was the start of a very long road of intensive medical treatment for Timothy and his mother Coralie. And Thomas and Tania have been taking this road step by step with them.
Today Timothy is nowhere near recovery. At 18 months he weighs just over nine kilograms.
The Engela’s felt that they had to do something to help, not only for Timothy, but for the many cancer patients and their families throughout the Drakenstein area.
They thus started the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, with the help of legal advisor Martin Oosthuizen and financial consultant Martin Louw.
"The fight against cancer not only has a crippling effect on the sufferer, but on the family who generally face very hard times, which may continue for years."
"Since Timothy became ill, we have seen how many families are affected by cancer right across the area."
And so Little Fighters was born. The trust assists cancer sufferers in any way possible, whether it be transport to and from hospitals, food, clothes, or just a general helping hand.