Childhood Cancer Fund Rugut

The objectives of the Childhood Cancer Fund Rugut is to extend aid and charity to children who are or have been ill with cancer, to help their families, as well as to support the development of the science and practice of oncology in Lithuania. The Fund organizes different projects in order to ensure a versatile help for the families hit with child's oncological disease. The Fund cooperates with other Lithuanian, as well as foreign, organizations and funds.
Jun 6, 2012

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2012-06

Thanks to our loyal sponsors and supporters, the Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute continues to support families that face financial difficulties due to their child’s illness. Every month the Fund provides such families with financial support and necessary medical supplies. During the months of March, April and May of 2012, the Fund estimated the importance of financial needs that such families had addressed in their requests for support, and provided both monthly and non-recurring charity of 95 431,14 Lt to them.

Improving the treatment quality for the young cancer patients has always been one of the most important goals of Rugute. Following the doctor’s request, in order to be able to administer an advanced treatment scheme for a teenage girl with cancer, the Fund purchased a quantity of Temodal, a medicine that has been shown to be successful in the treatment of oncological diseases, but that is unavailable in Lithuania. This purchase allowed the new and progressive cancer treatment method to be administered immediately. The medicine Temodal cost 10 375,66 Lt.

Thanks to the kind people who donated for us via GlobalGiving, Fund Rugute also purchased a quantity of Lastet, a medicine that is also unavailable in Lithuania, but necessary for the cancer patients. The medicine Lastet cost 2 082,94 Lt.

The Fund also used a part of the GlobalGiving donations to purchase a mobile oxygen concentrator for a little boy with respiratory difficulties. The oxygen concentrator cost 9 000,00 Lt.  

Aiming to improve hospital care conditions for children with restricted mobility (especially after surgical procedures), the Fund purchased a mobile patient lifting equipment and provided it to the Children’s Oncohematology Division of Kaunas Clinics.

With the support received via GlobalGiving, the Fund was able to cover the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home, where children in need and their family members were staying free of charge. The children that arrived to the hospital for screening and that were released from the hospital for short periods of time, found home environment at the cozy premises of Rugute’s Home, where they were able to play freely, spend time with their family members, and have a quality rest in comfortable separate bedrooms.

Rugute has always emphasized the importance of the psychological well-being of the young cancer patients. Children, who spend long months being isolated in between four hospital walls, find it very difficult to communicate with the outer world, and their personal improvement becomes a challenge. Being far from family and friends, such children face psychological and emotional problems. During the past few months Rugute purchased three laptop computers and gave them to three children in need, as a part of the Fund’s Make a Wish project. These laptop computers ensured the children’s capability to interact with family and friends, allowed them to improve knowledge and skills and made the long months of isolation bearable.

On the 7th of May, John Gwilliams, Alan Quinlan and Nick Miles from the company Barclays in United Kingdom arrived to Lithuania and, together with two Lithuanian colleagues, organized the 2nd and even more challenging bike ride across Lithuania than last year’s. The purpose of the ride was not only to ride 500 miles in 5 days, but also to raise funds for the children of Rugute. We sincerely thank the daring cyclists for taking this incredible challenge for the second time, and for raising funds for Rugute via the GlobalGiving website.

A lot of young lives in the oncohematology units depend on multiple blood transfusions. Fund Rugute helps to ensure that a certain type and amount of blood is always available to the children who need blood transfusions. On the 26th of May, Fund Rugute and the public entity Nacionalinis kraujo centras organized the 8th voluntary blood drive Share a Droplet, and invited everybody to donate blood for the sick children. 29 donors donated their blood in the cozy atmosphere of Rugute’s Home.

We give our heartfelt thanks to all the kind people who donate money to Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute via GlobalGiving. Your contributions make it much easier for us to accomplish our mission.  It is very comforting and promising to know that we can ignite a new hope in the eyes of a sick child, together!

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Feb 20, 2012

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2012-02

At the end of November, 2012, Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute celebrated its seventh birthday. The Fund usually commemorates its birthday by some special event, so, a blood drive Share a Droplet took place in Rugute’s Home on the 3rd of December, 2011. The seventh blood drive campaign was unusual: all who had arrived to donate blood had an opportunity to be included into the bone marrow donor registry. Many children and adults with leukemia have only one way to get well – to receive a bone marrow transplant.  This means that each new person included in the registry becomes a potential life saver. During the blood drive of Rugute, 27 names of potential bone marrow donors were added to the bone marrow donor registry.

Thanks to the loyal sponsors of Rugute, the Fund continues to support families that face financial difficulties due to their child’s illness. Every month the Fund provides such families with financial support and necessary medical supplies. The Fund also provides psychological support by organizing group therapy sessions to parents that had lost their children to oncological diseases. 

One of the most important missions of Rugute is to improve the treatment quality for children with oncological diseases. The Fund, using the money raised via GlobalGiving, was able to purchase more long-term catheters, special access needles and infusion pumps. The long-term catheters help immensely to ensure a better emotional state of a young patient, because by using them painful multiple catheter insertions into the vein can be avoided. The Fund was also able to buy a quantity Ixoten, a medicine that has been shown to be successful in the treatment of oncological diseases, but that is unavailable in Lithuania.

Rugute also provided 20 000 Lt to cover a part of the hyperthermia treatment costs for Julija, a 16 year old rhabdomyosarcoma patient. The girl received this hyperthermia treatment in Germany, since such procedures are not available in Lithuania. The families that arrive to the capital city for screening, and children who are released from the hospital for short periods of time, find a cozy shelter and accommodation in Rugute’s Home, where children can play freely, spend time with their family members, and have a quality rest in a non-hospital environment.

We thank, most sincerely, all of the sponsors of GlobalGiving who donate money to Lithuanian children with oncological diseases. Your assistance allows us to improve the physical and psychological welfare of the little cancer patients… and knowing that you have faith in our mission keeps us moving forward.

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Feb 19, 2012

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2011-10

We sincerely thank all of our sponsors, because, thanks to their kind hearts, our Fund was able to implement new projects and to continue working on the projects that have ensured many kinds of help to children with oncological diseases since the beginning of the Fund’s activities. Thanks to your support, our Fund continued ensuring the timely supply of the medicine Temodal and continued purchasing the medical care products, specifically, the long-term central vein catheters. The support also ensured the maintenance of the Rugut’s Home, where sick children in need and their family members have been able to stay free of charge. Families, nursing children with oncological diseases, were also provided with financial support.

For the five past years our Fund has been putting a strong emphasis on providing palliative care for children. We believe that it is crucial to figure out the exact needs of the child in need of the palliative care, and the needs of his/her family members, in order to provide them with a choice: whether to spend this stage of treatment at home, or at the hospital. Therefore, our Fund got an additional set of the necessary gear: rented an oxygen concentrator, purchased a bedsore mattress, a pulsoximeter and other necessary items that will ensure the best possible nursing conditions for the children who are discharged from the hospital to be nursed at home.

In summer our Fund organized one of its most important yearly events, The Island of Friends 2011. The aim of this once-a-year event is to bring families of similar destiny together, encouraging them to share their social and medical knowledge, experiences, thoughts and emotions, while they enjoy being together. During the event the children celebrate a special day, where they watch various shows and performances, play with their beloved artists and spend time with their mates in an environment other than in a hospital. The time spent together helps the sick children and their family members to realize that they are not alone in confronting their oncological diseases. The Island of Friends 2011 was made exceptionally special by the visit of Mr. Clinton Misamore, the representative of the GlobalGiving organization.

We thank you for your financial support from the bottom of our hearts. Our beautiful friendship with you lights up the dark road we are walking together. Knowing that we are not alone makes us walk stronger and braver.

 

Sincerely,

Rugut’s Home

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