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.
Mar 24, 2015

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2015-03

During the last three months, Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute provided monthly and non-recurring charity of 2,368.86 Eur to families with children that have been diagnosed with oncological diseases. The families used this money to purchase necessary medical care supplies and to cover their traveling expenses and other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease.

Following the request of an oncologist of Kaunas Clinics (University of Health Sciences of Lithuania), in order to continue the effective cancer treatment by the medicine Temozolomide, the Fund purchased 8 quantities of Temozolomide Teva 100 mg N5 for one young female cancer patient with a brain tumor. The medicine cost 878.30 Eur.

In order to continue improving the psychological well-being of the little oncology patients, the Fund purchased 3 items of central venous catheters and 360 items of special needles (to be used with these catheters) for 2,051.40 Eur. Long-term central venous catheters and the special needles are known to improve the psychological well-being of the little children who are undergoing treatment, because they allow them to avoid pain and multiple peripheral catheter insertion into the vein procedures.

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, the Fund purchased a quantity of mouthwash solution Caphosol and a quantity of mouthwash solution Aftamed for 363.75 Eur.

Within the past three months Rugute purchased 2 professional blood pressure monitors that will ease the patient care and will allow the nurses to estimate the patients’ condition more precisely. Total cost – 462.58 Eur.

The Fund also provided the Children’s Oncohaematology Center of Vilnius Children’s Hospital with a special medical file storage cabinet. The cabinet cost 1,679.80 Eur.

For the past three months, Rugute was also able to continue covering the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home, the only facility in Lithuania that provides temporary accommodation to the young cancer patients and their family members, free of charge. This facility is a shelter for the families that live far away from the hospital, and is especially appreciated by the young cancer patients for its cozy and playful home environment.

On the 12th of December, 2014, Rugute’s partners from Sweden arrived to Lithuania for the 8th time in a row. The Swedish guests traditionally visited all the childhood cancer patients being treated in Vilnius and Kaunas hospitals. They brought gifts to the children and created a true Christmas miracle for them.

Dear friends, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to every one of you for kindly contributing to our mission. Every penny, received from you, is spent with great consideration and responsibility. We are so proud of what we have achieved together. Many thanks and best regards to all of you from our little patients and their parents!

Dec 23, 2014

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2014-12

Report (September, October and November of 2014)

Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute continues 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 15,500.00 LTL to such families. The families used this money to purchase necessary medical care supplies, and were able to cover traveling expenses and other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease.

The Fund purchased 3 items of central venous catheters for 3,267.00 LTL and 300 items of special needles (to be used with these catheters) for 4,138.20 LTL. Long-term central venous catheters and the special needles are known to improve the psychological well-being of the little children who are undergoing treatment, because they allow them to avoid pain and multiple peripheral catheter insertion into the vein procedures.

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 pains. In order to ease these symptoms, the Fund purchased a quantity of mouthwash solution Caphosol and a quantity of mouth gel Gelclair for 1,869.55 LTL.

The Fund also purchased some infusion and transfusion systems (540 items) that are used to administer medications, physiological fluids and glucose solutions intravenously. We allocated 2,744.28 LTL to purchase these systems.

During the past three months, Fund Rugute has made three children’s dreams come true. We purchased two laptop computers for two little boys who have been spending long months at the hospital. The total cost of the computers: 4,336.00 LTL. Another young cancer patient, Aine, had a dream to own a professional camera and to learn to take photos. The Fund purchased a new camera for Aine (cost – 2,101.31 LTL). The girl shares her first impressions: So unexpectedly, one of my biggest dreams came true! I am very grateful to Rugute for the gift. I am so happy, THANK you! I love my new camera and take pictures of everything I see around me, because I want to learn everything there is to learn about photography.

For the past three months, Rugute was also able to continue covering the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home, the only facility in Lithuania that provides temporary accommodation to the young cancer patients and their family members, free of charge. This facility is a shelter for the families that live far away from the hospital, and is especially appreciated by the young cancer patients for its cozy and playful home environment.

On the 29th of November, Rugute celebrated its 10th anniversary. Looking back at the last decade, we are happy that we have not drifted away from our basic values and principles, and that we have stayed together as one large family. We especially value the gifts we have been receiving from our sponsors, volunteers and other dear people: the unconditional love for little children, the sincere care, the support, believing in Rugute’s ideas and hope.

In order to commemorate our 10th anniversary, we invited everybody to the involuntary blood drive Share a Droplet. 47 donors donated their blood in the cozy atmosphere of Rugute’s home.

 

A large part of what we have achieved during the last three months is mostly your merit, our dear supporters of GlobalGiving. Your generous donations enabled us to continue working on our successful projects. Many young cancer patients felt better and happier because of you. We want to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your kindness and love.

Sep 26, 2014

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2014-09

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 and August of 2014, 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 27.000,00 Lt to them. Also, Fund Rugute provided financial support of 2.000,00 Lt to the young cancer patient Domas P. This money was used to cover the child’s rehabilitation costs.

One of the Fund’s major goals is to improve treatment possibilities and hospital conditions for Lithuanian children with oncological diseases. During the past three months, Fund Rugute purchased some important medical supplies for Children’s Hematology Unit of Klaipeda Children’s Hospital: a volume infusion pump, a syringe pump, a stand for the pumps and some infusion systems. Children’s Hematology Unit of Klaipeda Children’s Hospital provides medical aid and treatment to those children with oncological diseases, who live in the Western part of Lithuania. Often, when the child comes home after an intense course of chemotherapy, it is necessary to administer infusions of liquids and/or medicine, or blood transfusions to that child, in order to keep him/her in a fair health condition. Thanks to the Children’s Hematology Unit, children and their parents do not have to go to Vilnius or Kaunas hospitals and endure a hard and lengthy trip. The financial value of the support provided to Klaipeda Children’s Hospital is 10.430,20 Lt.

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 cozy premises of Rugute’s Home create a safe and comfortable space where children in need and their family members can stay free of charge. From June to August, 2014, 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.

On the 29th of June, Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute held its yearly event The Island of Friends for the 9th 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 event offered all kinds of entertainment: live music, fun performances, yummy food and unforgettable interactions for children and their parents.

From the 21st to the 24th of August, the fifth Onco-Olimpiada 2014 for children took place in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish organization Fundacja Spenionych Marzen (Fund of Dreams Coming True) invited the young cancer-surviving athletes from Lithuania to take part in the games. This time Fund Rugute delegated 10 participants to go to Poland. Children and their parents traveled to Warsaw by a comfortable private bus. Participants from Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia also participated in the games. The aim of this international event is to provide our societies with a better understanding of the issues the families with children who have oncological diseases face every day, and to bring young athletes from different countries together. Our children brought home Olympic medals and many good memories. We are happy that we were able to finance this wonderful trip to Poland with the help of our sponsors in GlobalGiving.

We give our most sincere thanks to all the great people on GlobalGiving who are willing to support the Lithuanian children with oncological diseases. Thank you for being with Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute, and for your kind donations. You give us Hope.

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