Another three months have passed, and we are happy to report about what has been done during those three months, by the optimal use of the funds that the kind people donated to Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute via GlobalGiving.
Our Fund continued supporting families with children that have been diagnosed with oncological diseases. During the months of January, February and March of 2013, the Fund weighed the importance of financial needs that such families had addressed in their requests for support, and then provided both monthly and non-recurring charity of 20.000,00 Lt to them. The families used this charity money to purchase necessary medical care and food products, and were able to cover traveling expenses and other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease. The money that the Fund provided to these families ensured a better physical and psychological (emotional) state of the little cancer patients.
Too, a part of the money that the Fund receives via GlobalGiving is allocated to one of the most important missions of our organization: to improve treatment possibilities and hospital conditions for Lithuanian childhood cancer patients.
During the last three months, the Fund was able to purchase some necessary medication:
The donors of GlobalGiving also enabled a young cancer patient, Juste, to receive a very important Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan, performed at the Nuclear Diagnostics Center in Bydgoszcz, Poland. PET scan is the most advanced nuclear medical imaging technique that provides comprehensive information on how lively and how widely spread the cancer cells are.
In the past three months, Rugute provided crucial medical equipment and other necessary items to the two major hospitals in Lithuania that treat childhood cancer patients:
Young oncohematology patients experience a very difficult childhood compared to healthy children, as they are often isolated from their family and friends for a very long time. Many of these children are only able to communicate with their siblings and friends via internet, and Rugute provides moments of joy to these children by giving them computers. Recently, the Fund bought a new personal laptop computer for one more child with cancer (cost: 2.148,00 Lt.) The kind donors of GlobalGiving will be happy to know that they have contributed to making the sick child’s dream come true, as this child had been dreaming about having his own computer for a long time.
The Fund also bought two new laptop computers for the Game Room of the Oncohematology Center of Children’s Hospital in Vilnius (total cost: 4.497,00 Lt). These two computers will be available to all of the children that are treated at the Children’s Oncohematology Center. The Hospital Game Room is a place where little ones can play and engage in activities they love, and use the internet to communicate with their far-away friends.
Finally, the Fund has been succesfully covering all of the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home, the only facility in Lithuania that provides temporary shelter to the young cancer patients and their family members.
The team of Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute is very happy to be a part of GlobalGiving and, as a consequence, to be able to ease the lives of sick children in Lithuania. Because of all of the kind people who donate money to our organization via GlobalGiving, more than a hundred families receive help in their gruelling fight with malignant diseases. Thank you for your generous donations and for being with us!
Thanks to all of the kind people who provided financial support to Chidlhood Cancer Fund Rugute via GlobalGiving, our fund continued supporting families that are facing financial hardships because of their children’s oncological diseases. During the months of October, November and December 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 42.300,00 Lt to them.
Fund has been continuously working on its major goal – to improve treatment possibilities and hospital conditions for Lithuanian children with oncological diseases. Following the doctor’s request, the Fund purchased 5 quantities of antifungal medicine Noxafil 40mg/ml. The total cost of the medicine Noxafil was 14.323,27 Lt.
The Fund also purchased a quantity of medicine Exjade 250 mg for the price of 868,83 Lt.
In order to ease the severe pain and discomfort the little patients experience from having multiple mouth ulcerations, the Fund purchased 2 quantities of mouthwash solution Caphosol and a quantity of mouth gel Gelclair. Both of these purchases together cost 1238,35 Lt.
The Fund also financed transportation of one young girl with cancer, from Gdansk (Poland) to Children Diseases Clinic in Vilnius (Lithunia), by an ambulance car. The transportation cost 5000,00 Lt.
During the months of October, November and December of 2012, Fund Rugute was able to provide some crucial medical gear and other necessary items to the Oncohematology Unit of Children Diseases Clinic of Kaunas Clinics:
In December, 2012, there were two significant events, both of them traditional to Fund Rugute:
On the 1st of December, 2012, the Fund invited everybody to attend the 9th voluntary blood drive Share a Droplet. The voluntary blood drive Share a Droplet that provides an opportunity to give hope to sick people, takes place in Rugute’s Home twice a year. This time, the informational bone marrow donorship campaign, Be Good, was represented at the blood drive. During the blood drive, anyone who wished to become a potential bone marrow donor was able to register with the bone marrow donor registry. The 9th voluntary blood drive was a success: 45 donors gave blood, and 16 potential bone marrow donors were added to the bone marrow donor registry.
From the 6th to the 9th of December, Rugute’s caring friends from Sweden (also known as Swedish Elves) were visiting children with oncological diseases in Lithuania. Six times in a row, right before Christmas, they have been visiting the little patients in Lithuania, and giving them gifts that the Swedish students had prepared. This time, the Elves did not only visit children in the hospitals, but also in the children’s homes. On the 6th of December, they visited children in Kaunas City, and on the other days – children in Vilnius City. On the 8th of December, Fund Rugute invited children to come to Rugute’s Home and to spend a Saturday afternoon together with the Swedish Elves, where the Elves and the children had fun learning the painting-on-water technique, ebru. Those wonderful Christmas visits provided lots of joy to children with oncological diseases and their parents. As usual, Fund Rugute took care of the Swedish guests during their stay in Lithuania.
Needless to say, that with all the financial support received via GlobalGiving, the Fund has been able to cover maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home , the only project in Lithuania that provides temporary shelter to the little cancer patients and their family members.
Once again, looking back at the last three months, we are at peace, knowing that you, our kind donors, and our Fund, together, were able to do important things in order to ease the reality of sick children. We are immensely thankful to all the people who donated money to Lithuanian children with cancer via GlobalGiving. Thank you for being so kind and generous to us and for giving so much to our little ones.
GlobalGiving Report: June–September, 2012
With the financial support received via GlobalGiving, Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute has been able to continue supporting families that are facing financial hardships because of their children’s oncological diseases. During the months of June, July, August and September 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 44.500,00 Lt to them.
One of the Fund’s major goals is to improve treatment possibilities and hospital conditions for Lithuanian children with oncological diseases. Following the doctor’s request, in order to continue on the advanced treatment scheme that was successfully administered to a teenage cancer patient before, the Fund purchased a quantity of Temodal (a medicine that is unavailable in Lithuania) for the entire following treatment course that was planned for this particular patient. The quantity of medicine Temodal cost 16.884,06 Lt.
The Fund also purchased a quantity of CeeNU (Lomustine), a medicine that is also unavailable in Lithuania, but necessary to treat young cancer patients. The quantity of medicine CeeNU cost 3.704,75 Lt.
Aiming to improve the psychological and physical well-being of the hospitalized children, the Fund bought 4 central venous catheters that cost 4.356,00 Lt. These catheters help to reduce the risk of infections and allow to avoid painful needle stabs that can be very traumatizing to young children.
Thanks to the people who have been donating funds via GlobalGiving, Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute successfully covered the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home. The bright and colorful premises of Rugute’s Home create a safe and cozy space where children in need and their family members can stay free of charge. From June to September, 2012, many children who had to arrive to the hospital for screening, and who were released from the hospital for short periods of time, found shelter in Rugute’s Home, and were very happy to spend some quality time in this (non-hospital) environment.
During the last four months, our loyal sponsors enabled us to make one child’s dream come true. A young cancer patient received a brand-new laptop computer and was able to engage in some fun activities during the long days he spent in the hospital. The computer provided him with an access to the world, which is very important to children who have no possibility to meet their friends due to a high infection risk.
On the 22nd of July, Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute organized its yearly event The Island of Friends for the 7th time. This special event brought over a hundred of families together: children and their family members spent an entire day of fun, being free of worries and uncertainty. The feast offered all kinds of entertainment: live music, fun performances, yummy food and unforgettable interactions for children and their parents. Being at The Island of Friends, families can share the joy of the moment and take their mind off their child’s disease.
From the 24th to the 26th of August, the fourth Onco-Olympics for children took place in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish organization Fundacja Spenionych Marze (Fund of Dreams Coming True) invited the young cancer-surviving athletes from Lithuania to take part in the games for the second time. This time Fund Rugute delegated 5 participants to go to Poland. Children and their parents traveled to Warsaw by a comfortable private bus. Each of the children brought home an Olympic medal or even two! We are happy that we were able to finance this wonderful trip to Poland that gave our children so much confidence and pride, with the help of our sponsors in GlobalGiving.
From the 28th of August until the 23rd of September, a brave Lithuanian girl Vilgaile Kira Purlyte rode across Norway (from North Cape to Oslo) by her bicycle and dedicated her journey to Lithuanian children with cancer. She rode 2200 km in order to raise money for Lithuanian Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute. While she was biking across Norway and spreading the word about childhood cancer situation in Lithuania and Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute, kind people were able to support her cause by donating money via GlobalGiving.
We give our biggest, sincere thanks to all the wonderful people who are willing to support the Lithuanian children with cancer. Thank you for being with Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute, and for your kind donations. Even a slightest smile of a sick child is a miracle to us. Thank you for making this miracle happen!
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!
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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