Kidzcan Children's Cancer Relief

KidzCan Vision: A compassionate world where children with cancer are given the chance to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Kidzcan Mission: KidzCan is dedicated to increasing the survival rate of children with cancer in a loving and caring environment. Strategic Objectives: To provide a supportive and caring environment for children with cancer and their families. To improve early detection and effective treatment for children with cancer.
Jun 9, 2015

Kids of Zimbabwe Can Survive Cancer!

Successful Operation!
Successful Operation!

It is when we share our stories that we are able to reflect on our journey. Kidzcan has many friends and today we want to tell them how much they have made the winter nights as bearable as they could and the pain from cancer as endurable as it may be for children with cancer. The care and support from people who are concerned by the welfare of the children with cancer, has prolonged life for a child, given to another a smile and the ability to see the light of the next day. To the other, legs to walk to school and to many children, pain management drugs, so that they can spend most of their time playing, learning and out of bed, rather than in bed and seeing the world through a window.

It’s been a while since us, as Kidzcan shared what we have been doing and how the children with cancer have been doing. In Zimbabwe Chemotherapy drugs are very expensive and very challenging to source. Diagnostics services are also challenging within the Public Sector, and Private Diagnostic Services are very expensive and unaffordable to many. Specialised Cancer Services are accessible at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, which is the only Hospital that has a Paediatric Oncology Ward dedicated to treating children with cancer. Parirenyatwa A4 Special Ward is overwhelmed with patients referred from all provinces of the country (sometimes further than 600km). It is a long and agonising process for a child with cancer to access Specialised Services. Kidzcan has narrowed the processes by providing transport fees for the children with cancer and their care givers. The organisation also pays for Specialised Diagnostics Services from Private Centres, sources and provides Chemotherapy drugs among other things. MRI costs $ 1000 and a CT scan cost $500 from Private Centres. Chemotherapy drugs costs between $60-$320 per protocol. Some children have been on treatment more than 4 years.

In the last three months, 51 new patients were registered with Kidzcan for aid, 131 were been admitted in A4 Special Ward, 270 assisted with Chemotherapy Drugs, 80 with Blood Disorders Drugs, 50 with Specialised Diagnostic Services and 57 have been assisted with transport locally and internationally and Kidzcan met the bills. Kudakwashe (5 years) suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum. He travels with his mother to South Africa for Corrective Operative Treatment. He is the 4th born in a family of 4. His older sister passed away from the same condition and his mother is very concerned about his health. He has been unwell for some time. Kidzcan has worked extremely hard to make it possible for Kudakwashe to access care and treatment. He has been unable to eat because of the pain and had lost so much weight. On Friday the 6th of June Kudakwashe visited our office all the way back from South Africa. He was a happy and smiling boy, very much playful with a good appetite. He kept nudging his mum to buy him chips and he informed me that he would not share his chips with anyone. Kidzcan is also happy to announce that, two of the children with cancer are now on remission after successful treatment.

Michelle is 15 years now. She has been getting assistance from Kidzcan since 4 years ago. She was given a prosthetic leg and she walks on crutches since 2012. However,she has grown and the prosthetic leg needed to be replaced as she was finding it difficult to walk. Finally, another prosthetic leg and crutches were sourced and bought for her on the 29th of May 2015 by Kidzcan. Asked on how she feels about the new look, Michelle said she is very proud of her new height, gait and stature.

 Total Funding Goal Raised Funding $38,151.13

Total Funding to date $ 31,621.95

Remaining Goal Funding $ 6,529.18

Kudakwashe and Mum
Kudakwashe and Mum
Mum and Kuda
Mum and Kuda
Mar 11, 2015

Meet Michael Meki

Michael
Michael

Story of Michael

My name is Michael. I am 18 years old. I am an orphan.  I stay in Warren Park with grandmother and grandfather.  My grandparents do not work.  In May 2014, I noticed a swelling growth on my belly.  If I ate food I felt the pain in my stomach.  I told my granny and she told me to go to the local clinic.  I went to the clinic and they referred me to Parirenyatwa Hospital. 

On arrival to Parirenyatwa Hospital I was registered with Kidzcan Zimbabwe an organization which supports children with cancer.  I went through all scans and laboratories tests which were paid by Kidzcan.  My doctor told me that I had cancer called Hodgkins Lymphoma.  I was shocked but I told my mind that I will get through this. I started my treatment cycle with the support from Kidzcan.  I thank Kidzcan today because they paid all the chemotherapy drugs which are very expensive to purchase.  I am on the 8th cycle of my treatment and am doing well.  

I wrote my Advanced Level and passed with good points. I wrote my ‘A’ Level going through chemotherapy but I managed to pass.  I am planning to study Law and I want to be an Advocate to the voiceless.  Thank you Kidzcan Zimbabwe for the support you showed to me.  Please keep on doing the great job.  Thanks to Kidzcan, cancer is curable.  Kidzcan has given me hope of my future.

Thank you,

Michael

 

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Dec 9, 2014

Our Heroes

Child
Child

Dear Friends of Kidzcan, 

To end of an incredibly challenging yet rewarding 2014 we want to honour our heroes. 

We are witness to them regularly at Kidzcan. On the wards, in the form of a doctor, a nurse, a member of Parirenyatwa staff, a young patient, a caregiver, a volunteer. Off the ward they are people who selflessly share their expertise, contacts, business services and goods, money, time, to give children “the right to the fight” to survive cancer. 

What exactly is a hero? Searching online, this particular definition found on www.hero-central.com seemed apt: “A hero: An individual, organization, or entity that is motivated by a shared sense of the public good, who takes responsibility for the life and circumstances of those around them, and whose actions or efforts improve the circumstances of others and defends against hostile forces, regardless of risk to self and without thought of personal gain.”

The children struggling to survive cancer always remain our greatest of heroes, but in addition, this year alone our heroes have included among them: 

  • The 16 year old student who garnered support from her friends, family and school community to sponsor her run in aid of Kidzcan; 
  • The couple based in Dubai who, as part of their own journey with cancer, coordinated a marathon run. Their fundraising supporters spanned continents (she finished the marathon in third place!);
  • The group of friends who organized a Spring Ball that has brought on new and varied supporters; 
  • The women who knitted beautiful soft teddy bears for the children; 
  • The pharmaceutical company who stepped up with a significant monthly recurring donation of chemotherapy medicines as well as another one that has committed to providing hand sanitizer and soap to improve hygiene practices on the wards; 
  • The 10 year old who forfeited birthday gifts from his friends and family - instead asking each to bring funds to donate to Kidzcan;
  • The scores of students from schools across the nation who have raised funds or donated goods - including the youngest children from nursery schools sharing their beautiful toys and beloved stuffed animals with the children on the wards this Christmas; 
  • And, our heroes who have loyally supported Kidzcan’s work for many years. They know who they are; we hope they know how much they are appreciated. 

We are truly grateful to all the heroes who “try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” (Maya Angelou) 

We thank you. Happy Holidays.

Child on Ward
Child on Ward
Child in bed
Child in bed

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