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An Extraordinary Christmas Gathering With cancer stricken kids of Medical Social Services, Philippine General Hospital
Imagine a world without childhood cancer. No painful chemotherapy treatments. No emotional stress on children and their families. No financial sacrifice. No inequity No abnormal look; inquisitiveness
You have not lived a perfect day, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you… Ruth Smeltzer
In the Philippines, about 3,500 children fall victim to cancer every year. The most common pediatric cancer is acute lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Metro Manila cancer registry records in three hospitals, show that eight kids/one very 3 hours, die everyday. Many more cases and deaths remain unreported
In developed countries, childhood cancer survival rate is as high as 95%. In the Philippines, sadly, it is only 10 to 30%. Of ten who are diagnosed, only two/three will most likely survive. They die because they are poor, unable to afford the high costs of medication and treatment.
Challenges of Cancer Stricken Kids
Schooling brings to halt
Risk of relapse and occurrence of secondary cancer
Medical treatments and psychological struggles
Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. Cancer is the great equalizer. It strikes randomly and unexpectedly It doesn’t discriminate. It chooses the athletic. It chooses the artistic. It chooses the smart. It chooses the rich and the poor. Children as young as a few months, barely able to talk and walk, can already have cancer. Really, it chooses whoever it wants.
Giving kids with cancer the opportunity to be kids again
Easing the pain and providing comfort even just for a day
Compassion, inspiration and another attempt on life’s universal emotion….love
This annual Christmas party for the kids has been existing for 10 years because of individuals/groups like you…
Program with the kids and their families
Games & Contests
Lunch and merienda together with the sponsors
Other sponsored activities
Blast from the Past
List of Attendees NAME AGE Diagnosis Almenario, Renz Xyro 6 ALL Antonio, Ma. Theresa 7 LCH Arcangeles, Carlo 18 ALL Badajos, 25 Osteosarcoma Barlao, John Marvin 3 Wilm's Tumor Bayed, Yvette 11 CML Belocora, 11 ALL Bolante, John Andy 9 Wilm's Tumor Borquita, Beejay 7 Retinoblastoma Borromeo, Daphne 11 ALL Bustrillo, Rudito 18 Lymphoma Caluntad, Darwin 16 ALL Castrence, Coleen 13 ALL Cervantes, Carylle 7 LCH Cunanan, John Brian 15 ALL Cutaran, Jerica 10 ALL De Castro, Jay 18 ALL Dipalac, Jamric 8 BAL Dolorico, Sean Roger 5 Retinoblastoma Domino, John Rey 4 LCH Dumandan, Maysan 18 Alveolar Sarcoma Duran, Joan 17 Osteosarcoma Estrella, Renato 13 Neuroblastoma Evangelista, Hannalyn 4 Wilm's Tumor Felices, Christopher 18 NPCA Felipe, Aaliyah 5 ALL
Lucas, John Richard 18 ALL Manuzon, Isabel 9 LCH Mascarinas, Kent 13 PNET Mayo, Leila Juji 7 ALL Medina. Abby 12 Wilm's Tumor Montoya, Rommel 12 NHL Navarro, Jay ar 9 LCH Nodalo, Therese 7 Rhabdomyosarcoma Olarte, Raymund 12 ALL Ortiz, Byron Mart 2 LCH Pasagui, Archie 17 ALL Quinto, Judel 7 ALL Ramos, Alexander 9 LCH Ravela, John 5 ALL Redaja, Samantha Crizel 5 Retinoblastoma Riparip, Jaymel 11 NPCA Rosales, Yzanamy 3 Immature Teratoma Rosario, Charles 4 ALL Ruiz, Rhia Marie 8 Hemangioendoglioma Sajulga, Ashley 13 NHL , Bernard 8 ALL Scarella, Adrian 3 LCH Siaboc, Mary Patrice 4 LCH Suarez, Isaiah 14 Hodgkin's Lymphoma Talon, Jhade 8 Hemangioma Tria, Marvin 12 ALL Valiao, Duane 11 BAL Velarde, Clarise 3 LCH Velasco, Vic 11 Neuroblastoma Vizcarra, Camille 8 ALL
Forto, Dianne 9 Wilm's Tumor Forto, Victor 13 Aplastic Anemia Gamotea, John Edawrd 4 Retinoblastoma Garcia, Ma. Kate 6 AML Hernani, Bryan 17 Wilm's Tumor Hular, Angela 13 AML Joaquin, Darwin 13 ALL Julia, Aaliyah 6 LCH Labay, Luis 6 LCH Labuac, Genius 6 PNET Lagaras, Jhon Jhuven 7 LCH Llorera, Aira 8 LCH Legend: ALL - Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia BAL - B cell Acute Leukemia Social Workers: LCH - Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis Ms. Anabella C. Soriano NHL - Non-hodgkins Lymphoma Mr. Byron L Fadollone CML - Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Ms. Sheila C. Cayetano NPCA- Naso-pharyngeal Carcinoma
Join us on Dec 3, 2011 10:00am -4:00pm Arcadia Clubhouse Pasig City (near Robinson’s Galleria) CASH DONATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED BY A PGH REPRESENTATIVE ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT (a corresponding acknowledgment receipt will also be issued)