Oct 2, 2018

Little Maria against the Purple Cancer Monster

Thanks to your contribution we continue supporting more children with cancer!

 Maria is part of the childhood cancer program of the Colombian Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation; She is 5 years old and was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia last May. She is a cheerful, curious and optimistic girl. She says there´s a monster in her body living without her permission. She is fighting against the cancer monster with her super powers and with her mom that is every day giving her the force for win the battle.

 Her mother says that it was very difficult for the family to receive the news, they were very afraid and uncertain. She asked herself many times ¿Why my daughter? However, despite the pain and fear have decided to face the treatment with the best attitude and discipline.

 The days in the hospital are usually boring and that is why every time our psychologists visit María, she receives them with a huge smile and she becomes very happy, since she enjoys drawing, singing and painting. What Maria does not know is that, through these activities and guided games, we are helping her to deal with her emotions associated with diagnosis and treatment.

 Her family expresses that the Foundation arrived at the most opportune time for them, because they had just received the news that their daughter had leukemia. With the accompaniment, the emotional support and the orientation of the Colombian Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, this new process for their lives has been less hard. Knowing that psychologists are there to listen and to give words of encouragement, is really a relief.

 Maria's mother understood that life itself is the most valuable, she learned to live more in the present and to enjoy one more day with her daughter's smile.

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Aug 2, 2018

Help us support young people!

Thanks to your contribution we can accompany the goals of young people like Sinders!

Sinder is a 23-year-old girl, she is survivor of a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma with early relapse and autologous bone marrow transplantation, her diagnosis was given on August 30, 2009 and the transplant was performed in August 2011, currently attending controls every year until it reaches 10 years after the transplant, its treatment was done in one of the hospitals where art therapy workshops are held.

Her diagnosis came to her life at a time when priorities were far from taking care of her health, she was about to turn 15 and once they detected a mass in her neck her life changed completely, at the beginning, she didn't understand why her family she cried and remained sad, she didn't understand why the doctors and psychologists spoke to her with such seriousness, because she didn't understand the importance of having a disease such as cancer.

The physical adaptation for Sinders was the most difficult part, she was a vain and self-centered girl, when she indentify couldn’t do what all the teenagers did and that she had to rearrange her routine followed by feeling all the effects of the treatment, she understood that she was faced with a situation that challenged her to get on a roller coaster where she found curves of emotions, constant changes, new knowledge in front of her experience and her own feelings. With this she learned to value the present, she learned to appreciate her parents, to contemplate the night and the day from his room, she learned that routine is always needed, she learned to receive bad news and from that learning she managed to gain strength with the objective to fight for the love of those who waited that she said "I left treatment, now I'm feel better".

Sinders knew the foundation in the relapse of her illness, when the doctors were evaluating the possibility of a transplant, she participated in 2014 in the event of the foundation "Prize for Courage of a woman with cancer" since then the foundation was pending in her process, although at some point she resisted having contact with other young people, she began to follow the social networks of the foundation and her idea of helping others made her the leader of young people in the foundation, today she prepares new projects in favor of young people diagnosed with cancer and she also waits her degree as a psychologist. Sinders believes that the most valuable thing that happened to her was to change her way of seeing life, she to stop being a self-centered girl to meet the woman who wants to contribute to the common good, she recognized a woman who today takes the time necessary to obtain donations for children with oncological diagnosis and she give them visits full of happiness and understanding. 

Today she tells the readers that she wants them to love today, that they love themselves and the people who are present in their lives, that they always find a purpose to live that makes them happy and of course they don't be afraid of cancer, because in the end, blessings are raining despite adversity.

She said: "Cancer takes away good cells, it's selfish, it's usually cruel but behind it people come with their own light that end up being your dose of life and against that, this disease Cant Not!"

Jul 3, 2018

Supports children with cancer like samuel

Your contribution will allow us to accompany processes like Samuel's!

Samuel is a 3-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a Neuroblastoma in May of 2017. He received treatment in one of the Clinics where the foundation makes art therapy workshops, through these visits the parents were able to contact us. Therefore, they could receive counseling and constant support during the days that the uncertainty.

His parents express that as a family they understood that they shouldn't distrust even if the situations were unfavorable, on the contrary they understood that in those moments it's necessary to fight until achieve the best result. They also learned to value much more the smile of their little one and they understood that they could establish a better relationship with God believing in his presence, because when everything seems to be impossible the faith transforms the difficulties.

However, they recognize that during the whole process there have been difficult moments, they say "sometimes the faith is fractured when the medical report is not the best", during the process of Samuel the doctors told their parents that he diagnosis had made metastasized in his body and he had 6 tumors. They express that the principal sensation is impotence but, although there is an internal fight, motivation and joy must be present because you should never lose strength and courage.

Today Samuel is receiving radiotherapy, he participated as an inspiring testimony in the Third Congress for patients with hemato-oncological diseases, accomplished by foundation in the month of April, In this occasion Samuel was a happy winner, during the event we saw him running and enjoy with other children his age, now he continues in treatment but he can enjoys his home with his parents.

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