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
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
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
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.