If you had asked any of us 9 years ago what we would be doing on 01 February 2018, we would probably have given you a completely different answer. Today, we celebrate the 7th birthday of the My Child Has Cancer Trust!
We also find ourselves at the start of something new. Today we are opening the very first My Child Has Cancer Trust office, after working out of the boot and home of one of our trustees over the past years. We are SO excited and thankful!
Toward the end of last year we starte...
On Saturday 9 December 2017 we hosted our 9th annual family day event for the Western Cape families who have children diagnosed with cancer that we know; our 7th under the My Child Has Cancer Trust banner.
If you know us, you will know that we categorise our beneficiaries as:
a) Newly diagnosed and relapsed children and their immediate family
a) In-Treatment children and their immediate family
c) Children who are surviving or in remission and their immediate family
d) Children who have...
"When people meet you they most likely won't remember what you said, or what you did, but they certainly will remember how you treated them" ~ Nelson Mandela
If you know us, you'll know that we are very passionate about two things;
the fact that families are affected by childhood cancer and not only the patient. This passion stems from the fact that we witnessed the emotional fallout of the siblings in our families as they watched from the sidelines while their sick brother or sister w...
Thank you to Tjokkie Honeywill for blessing our Tygerberg Hospital mom's with some pampers to help soothe those aching muscles.
We asked a few of our moms what our signature gift, a MegaHug from Mega-hug, meant to them. Names have been changed to protect their identities.
Here are some of their responses:
"You took me back to 2013...that evening when I stood in my daughter's hospital room at Red Cross. When I have not seen any of my family yet... when I have not yet faced the reality, that my child had cancer... and I could do nothing about it, but pray. At that moment I was praying for a miracle for my daughter. I...
MCHCT understands that there is a need for the families and friends of a diagnosed family to gain insight into how they may support them better. It is our experience that the family will seldom know or realise what they need until they needed it yesterday at which time it’s difficult to think of which to contact to help you. We offer this talk as a proactive approach to family or friends who would like to take an active role in the support of their family.
Family and friends a...
MCHCT families have shared the issues their children face when being healthy enough to attend school again. Through this initiative we not only wish to help make that experience less traumatic but rather we seek to:
Educate children about things that happen to children.
Encourage children to speak up about things they feel or see about their bodies that concern them.
Empower children with the skills needed to support their peers and family members diagnosed with cancer.
Any family that we have personally met and have a relationship with in #cancerville may from time to time request assistance with any one of these needs. We are able to assist depending on our financial situations and in-kind donations received.
MCHCT recognizes that diagnosed families who are already battling financially due to their economic climate will face even harsher times as a result of the diagnosis. We also know that although treatment in most cases are subsidized at government hospit...
MCHCT provides 15 home cooked nutritious meals to inpatient caregivers at Red Cross.
Why this service?
Children are accompanied by their primary caregiver and whilst the hospital provides meals to the patient, they do not provide for the caregiver. The caregivers are already overextended financially as a result of the additional expenses that result due to the medical condition. Their main concern is the rest of their family and they see to it that they have first which often means caregive...
MCHCT provides mid-morning refreshments for in and outpatients and their caregivers at Red Cross and Tyberberg. This service caters to an average of 50 individuals per day at each institution. Refreshments serve is a beverage (tea/coffee/juice) accompanied with something light to eat (biscuits/sandwiches/yoghurt)
Why this service is important
Many families travel to hospital from outlying areas such as Ceres, Tulbagh, Worcester etc. using the public transport system. This means that they n...