Mandela Day 2017

"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...
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MegaHugs

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...
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Awareness Talks (Adults)

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.  Benefits: Family and friends a...
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School Awareness Days

  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. B...
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Groceries/electricity/airtime/transport costs

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...
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Meals

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...
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Tea service

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...
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Fundraiser: UK vs USA No 1 Hits

Join the My Child Has Cancer Trust for a pre long-weekend party at the Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Tygervalley for the UK vs USA No. 1s show. Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Time: 20h00 (doors open at 18h30) Price: R150 pp. Sneak peek... All Barnyard Theatres have a fully stocked bar, coffee & snack bar and in-house pizza deli. You may bring your own snacks but no outside drinks are allowed. To reserve your ticket please RSVP below and pay to: Account N...
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Mums Nights

MCHCT recognizes the important role our Mum’s play in their families. Often the primary caregiver, Mum’s take on most of the ‘problem solving’ and ‘project management’ when they find out about a child’s diagnosis but also bear a heavy emotional burden. Our Mum’s need our support, and we recognize how difficult their journey is. At MCHCT, we believe it’s important to wrap our Mum’s in cotton wool every now and then, to tickle their funny bone, to take the weight off their shoulders, to help th...
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