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Do you like needles?
“When he knew that the day included a hospital visit, the tears would start as he woke up. All the way in the car, he would beg us to turn around and go home. In the waiting room, his sobs grew deeper and louder. Then when it was our turn, the sobs turned into hysterical screaming, as he physically fought off the medical staff. It was unbearable.” (Judith, mother of an eight-year-old cancer patient.)Needles are sharp. Needles are invasive. Needles hurt. But sadly, they play a vital – and regular – role in cancer treatment. And for a small child, the constant needles are instruments of torture. From the basic ‘finger pricks’ to the taking of blood samples, and then having to receive chemotherapy or other treatment, needles are there. But it needn’t be so. Because there’s a ‘superhero’ that can save young children from all this trauma. It’s called a Broviac. In a one-time, small surgical procedure, this external catheter is inserted under the skin and linked to a major blood vessel – most often in the chest. That means no more needles. No more painful searching for tiny veins, which become even more compromised during cancer treatment. Most of us would do anything to save a child from pain and trauma. And you can do this today – right now – by clicking here now to join our Investors’ Circle (a group of our most loyal supporters) with your full membership gift of R600 or more. All needle procedures can then be painlessly done through this fixed power port to the body. When James Hayes was two-and-a-half years old, he was diagnosed with Franconi Anaemia (bone marrow failure). As time went on, James needed an urgent bone marrow transplant. During his short life of tests and treatments, James developed an overwhelming fear of needles, kicking and struggling every time he had to be held down for yet another needle. Before his transplant, James had to undergo chemotherapy, and then a Broviac was inserted to make his treatment much more bearable – including the bone marrow transplant itself. Sadly, four attempts at bone marrow transplants ended in failure. But until his death, ‘no more needles’ made all the difference for James. You see, whilst some families may have medical aid that will contribute to the R6500 cost of a Broviac, many families just can’t afford this help for their sick children. Your ‘investment’ –and donation made securely online by clicking here – will help our TLC (Tough Living with Cancer) children’s programme provide more Broviacs to our small patients, some of them tiny babies. In recognition of your generosity, I’d like to send you an engraved key ring – because your gift of R600 makes you the holder of the key to less pain and suffering for children with cancer. And should your gift be R2 000 or more, it’ll be my privilege to also inscribe your name on our CANSA roll of honour. Thank you for being someone I can turn to in order to increase CANSA’s dedicated services to our nation. And especially to our children. Yours sincerely, Elize Joubert Chief Executive Officer P.S. From this photo of James, you’ll see the Broviac at work - showing you the device that you’ll be helping to provide to take away the ‘needle’ trauma for other young cancer patients.
R 5,400
raised of the R 10,000 target
of the target
Life-Saving Cancer Treatment Must Go On
There’s nothing like personal experience to confirm what we tell ourselves we already know.And it’s Miranda Fisher’s personal experience that I’d like to share with you today.A committed CANSA volunteer in her home town, Miranda has always been aware of the services we offer to patients and families living with cancer.But then, Miranda was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer herself.Suddenly, she had to confront whether to become a ‘victim’, or an ‘object of pity’, or fight.One look at her children, and Miranda chose to fight. After breast surgery, intensive radiation was recommended.It was here that the CANSA Care Homes came sharply into focus for Miranda. She had to leave home and relocate to Cape Town for the treatment.The prospect and cost of living in an unfamiliar city is daunting for anyone – but far worse for someone receiving treatment for cancer.But our Care Home at Tygerberg Hospital – and friends like you – were there to receive Miranda with love, understanding, and encouragement.Whilst radiation does its work, it also takes a high toll. And for four weeks and six days Miranda was looked after by the care home team – physically, nutritionally, emotionally, and spiritually. Something for which Miranda has expressed herself as forever grateful. But this was all before COVID-19.The pandemic has put cancer patients in the front line for infection danger. The way some of our services operated had to be changed radically. But life-saving cancer treatment has to go on. And we were determined to keep our Care Homes open.As individuals, protecting ourselves has put extra cost on all our budgets. So you can imagine what this has done to our Care Homes’ budgets.We suddenly had to find protective clothing for our staff. Masks became compulsory for everyone. Deep cleaning required professional services. And just the price of the daily sanitiser supply is alarming.For help to meet these new costs, I have nowhere to turn but to friends like you.Your loyal and generous compassion for the patients and families who need support through all the phases of cancer, makes you someone exceptional.I know that many people are struggling financially during these difficult times, making this a big ask . . .. . . but could you possibly show your loyal and generous compassion again, by clicking here to make your secure online donation? Any amount will help us keep our Care Homes open, and safe for patients receiving life-saving cancer treatment.Your kindness and online gifts are always met with enormous gratitude by the patients and families whose lives you touch. Helping to keep our Care Homes open and safe in these troubled times, makes your donation a true gift of hope.And please keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the deadly COVID-19 virus.
R 3,750
raised of the R 10,000 target
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