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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month
9 September 2011
As part of International Childhood Cancer Awareness month, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust is running a Gold Ribbon Childhood Cancer Awareness campaign during the month of September, making and selling thousands of gold ribbons. The Gold Ribbon Childhood Cancer Awareness Campaign will be ended off with the Gala Gold Event on September 30th in Cape Town.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a registered NPO which assists families affected by childhood cancer. They rely purely on public donations and do not receive any assistance from government. Despite the constant lack of funds, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust makes a huge difference in the lives of children with cancer and their Families. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust provide assistance by means of food, clothing, bedding, transport to and from hospitals, paying of certain medical bills, providing of medical equipment and specialized foods, emotional support as well as working to make children with cancer's dreams come true.
At the Gold Event, a mother who lost her six year old son to brain cancer will be a guest speaker. Professor Stefan from the University of Stellenbosch, a leading authority on childhood cancer, will also talk on the statistics and the realities. Ferdinand Rabie will be partner MC for the evening, Sterling EQ, Riaan Grobler and Jomari Greyling will provide live entertainment. There will also be a charity auction to raise much needed funds for the many families which the Little Fighters Cancer Trust supports on a daily basis.
Charmeon Carneson, Little Fighter Reef Carneson's grandmother says "This organization, run by three people, Tania Goslett, Mandie Erasmus and Thomas Engela is incredible. In our case they have helped ease our journey through child cancer with their endless kindness and offers of help. I wonder if anyone, not travelling this horrible journey, knows how important it is to have "a shoulder to cry on" or angels like these three who always have your back no matter what. My grandson Reef was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 5 months, it has been a 2 year journey I would not wish on anyone, but LFCT are amazing whether it is sourcing specialized food for Reef and couriering it to our doorstep, sending parcels of nappies, clothes, creams etc. Collecting funds for doctors bills to be paid these, people are relentless in their determination to make the life of cancer families easier."
Reef is currently in Los Angeles, USA, as, due to the severe lack of Childhood Cancer Awareness in South Africa, there is limited funding and expertise available, and no medical institution or expert in South Africa can assist Reef any further. Childhood cancer kills more children annually than any other disease, including HIV/AIDS. 70% of all childhood cancers are 100% curable if diagnosed in time. In South Africa, less than 50% of childhood cancer cases are diagnosed due to lack of awareness of the symptoms, lack of access to medical facilities and lack of research marketing funding. This results in hundreds of children dying because of childhood cancer each year.
For further information, please visit www.littlefighters.org.za. Gold Ribbons can be purchased from firstname.lastname@example.org
SA – the Good News via Little Fighters Cancer Trust