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 13, 2016

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2016-06

Report (March, April and May of 2016)

With your help, Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute has been providing financial support to families with children that have been diagnosed with oncological diseases. During the last three months, the Fund provided monthly and non-recurring charity of 7,500.00 Eur to such families. The families used this money to purchase necessary medical care supplies and to cover other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease.

Fund continues to improve psychological well-being of the little patients and helps them avoid pain and multiple peripheral catheter insertion procedures. For this reason, Fund purchased 1 long-term central venous catheter for 163.35 Eur.

As you already know, one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy is mouth ulcerations that make the physical and emotional condition of the young patient significantly worsen: children are unable to eat and suffer from severe pain. In order to ease these symptoms, Fund purchased a quantity of mouthwash solution Aftamed for 809.35 Eur.

Rugute has been successfully providing medications that are not supplied in Lithuania or those that are not covered by the State. In order to continue successful treatment schemes for little patients, Fund purchased a quantity of Zoledronic 4 mg (for 62.39 Eur) and a quantity of Etoposide (for 197.78 Eur).

From the 23rd of April till the 7th of May, ten children (2 groups of 5 children) who are now in remission, together with their family members, stayed in the warm Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Jurga and Fredrik, the generous hosts of villa Can Fanals, took wonderful care of our children’s recreational needs, both their bodies and souls. For the second year in a row, they have opened the doors of this cozy villa only to cover the children with sincere attention. Cancer survivor Aiste shares her impressions about the trip:

I had a chance to stay in Can Fanals, Mallorca, with the 1st group. I know that this trip will stay in my memories for a very long time, because we experienced so many new things. I still remember the night walks in Alcudia and evenings spent playing UNO. I was impressed by Palma Aquarium, where, most of all, I loved the jungle with a roaring waterfall that was such a refreshment to my face. Aside from the aquarium, I really enjoyed our lunch by the sea. The biggest adventure, that I will never forget, was the Baptizing Ceremony for the Captains. The boat trip gave me lots of adventures and impressions. I am happy to have found new friends who even made my car trips fun. Most of all, I am happy about my new experience and my dream (the trip!) coming true!

Rugute continues to maintain its premises, the bright and cozy place called Rugute’s Home. Children and their families are welcome to come here and stay, whenever they need it. It is a place where every sick child is welcome and loved.

Dear Donors of GlobalGiving, God bless you for being so supportive to us. On behalf of our children and their families, we say a heartfelt thank you for every penny you have donated towards a better tomorrow of our little cancer patients. Thank you so much!

Mar 16, 2016

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2016-03

Report (December 2015, January and February 2016)

Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute continues to provide financial support to families with children that have been diagnosed with oncological diseases. During the last three months, the Fund provided monthly and non-recurring charity of 3,600.00 Eur to such families. The families used this money to purchase necessary medical care supplies, to cover travelling expenses and other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease.

The physician of Oncology and Haematology Unit of Kaunas Clinics contacted Fund Rugute and asked for our assistance in purchasing medication Avastin (bevacizumab), the supply of which has been cut in Lithuania. This medication was necessary to continue treatment of the little patient Gabija. Since Lithuanian Government does not cover the expenses of this drug to childhood cancer patients, last spring Fund Rugute allocated 8,400.00 Eur to purchase it. In December 2015, Fund allocated 5,470.75 Eur to purchase more of this particular medication.

Fund also helped purchase medication Puri-Nethol 50 mg (mercaptopurine), the supply of which has been also cut in Lithuania. Total cost: 545.73 Eur.

Fund also assisted in purchasing medication Vfend 200 mg (voriconazole), the antifungal drug that is prescribed to patients suffering from weakened immunity as a side effect of chemotherapy. Total cost: 653.98 Eur.

Fund Rugute continues to support little brave girl Aiste, whose childhood was put on hold by a second strike of an oncological disease. In order to continue immunotherapy and other treatment methods for this girl, Fund allocated 13,782.12 Eur.

One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy is mouth ulcerations that worsen the physical and emotional condition of the young patient: children are unable to eat and suffer severe pain. In order to ease these symptoms, Fund purchased a quantity of mouthwash solution Aftamed for 459.23 Eur.

Fund continues to work on improving psychological well-being of the little patients. In order to help them avoid pain and multiple peripheral catheter insertion procedures, Fund purchased 12 items of long-term central venous catheters and the special needles (240 items) for 3,788.39 Eur.

Rugute has covered travelling expenses for three nurses who will be going to participate at a medical conference in Reykjavik (Iceland) on the 27th–31st of May 2016.

A few years ago, Fund Rugute helped Eugenijus (dad of a childhood cancer patient) develop his idea to install aquariums in the hallways of Children’s Disease Clinic of Kaunas Clinics. Typical hospital environment causes fear and anxiety to children and has a depressing effect on their parents. It has been proven that stress and fear, experienced by patients, reduce the effectiveness of treatment. On the other hand, the pleasant and positive environment is especially important to children who spend many months in the hospital. Therefore, we allocated 676.37 Eur to renew the hospital aquariums (to replace the fish, filters, lampas and decorations), and to make sure that little patients and their parents have a source of serenity and peace inside cold hospital corridors.

Rugute continues to maintain its premises called Rugute’s Home. Children and their families are welcome to come here and stay for a night or two, whenever they need it. It is a place where everyone, who has been touched by an oncological disease, is welcome and loved.

On the 11th of December, Rugute’s partners from Sweden arrived to Lithuania for the 9th time in a row. The Swedish guests traditionally visited all the childhood cancer patients being treated in Vilnius and Kaunas hospitals, as well as several children staying at home. They brought gifts to the children and created a true Christmas miracle for them.

Little David’s impressions about the Swedish Elves’ visit to his home:

The last time Swedish Elves visited us, was five years ago, so it was especially fun to meet them after such a long time. We were looking forward to meet them and kept walking to the window, hoping to see them arriving. Just like before, the Elves filled our home with merry and festive spirit. They are so fun and creative, especially the Senior Elf. It was fun to sing a song about a frog and jump along with it. We enjoyed juggling and, of course, opening the presents given to us by Swedish pupils. It is a pity that the Elves stayed at our home for a very short while, since they had to visit other children as well. Thank you, dear Elves and fund Rugute, for the joy you brought to our home.

 

On behalf of our little patients and their families, we sincerely thank you for your kindness and for your generous donations!

Dec 17, 2015

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2015-12

Report (September, October and November, 2015)

During the months of September, October and November of 2015, Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute successfully carried out a number of continuous projects and activities.

Fund Rugute continues to provide financial support to families with children that have been diagnosed with oncological diseases. During the last three months, Fund provided monthly and non-recurring charity of 3,100.00 Eur to such families. The families used this money to purchase necessary medical care supplies, medications and food products, were able to cover their travelling expenses.

The Fund helps to purchase specific medications that are needed for individual childhood cancer patients. Some of these medications are not covered by the Government, and some are not supplied in Lithuania. In order to administer new treatment schemes that have never been administered in Lithuania before, hospitals need to purchase advanced antitumor drugs that are successfully used to treat oncology patients in foreign countries. During the last three months, Fund helped to purchase antitumor medicine for 5,081.57 Eur.

Fund also covered 1,050.00 Eur of rehabilitation expenses for one cancer patient, Gabija J. The girl was able to continue her rehabilitation that has had a very positive effect on her treatment.

Rugute used some of its funds to purchase 4 long-term central venous catheters for 1,263.24 Eur. These modern catheters help to improve psychological well-being of the little patients, because they allow them to avoid pain and multiple peripheral catheter insertion procedures.

Upon request of the physician of Oncohaematology Center of Vilnius Children’s Hospital, Fund helped one little cancer patient, Alina, and her mother travel to Würzburg University Clinic, where the girl was supposed to undergo a tumor resection surgery. Fund covered all of the travelling, accommodation and catering expenses for 2,449.56 Eur.

After five years, fund Rugute was once again invited to participate in the impressive Swedish event, called Feast of Joy. On the 5th of September, 14 families hurried to Vilnius airport where a private jet was about to take them to Sweden, the town of Kristianstad. Participating in the Feast of Joy gave unforgettable impressions and lots of entertaining activities to Lithuanian children with oncological diseases.

On the 3rd–10th of October, 5 children (Indre, Liepa, Emilija, Domantas and Alanas) and their family members spent wonderful time in the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. During their visit, the children enjoyed warm seawater, had fun at the outdoor aqua-park, visited the amazing Palma Aquarium and the caves of Campanet, admired the oldtowns of Palma and Alcudia and enjoyed delicious meals every day.

Rugute continues to maintain its premises called Rugute’s Home. Children and their families are welcome to come and stay there, whenever they might need it.

On the 29th of November, Rugute celebrated its 11th birthday. In order to commemorate this occasion, we invited everybody to the involuntary blood drive Share a Droplet. More than 30 donors donated their blood in the cozy atmosphere of Rugute’s home.

Dear donors, thank you for the financial support that our Fund has been receiving via GlobalGiving. It has been another successful year for us. We gain strength through you every day, and will continue our fight with childhood cancer as long as you are with us.

 
   

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