Jun 27, 2019

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2019-06

Report (March, April and May, 2019)

Evaluating the various support provided in the months of March, April and May of 2019, we are pleased to have contributed to the successful treatment of children along with the doctors who treat children’s oncological illnesses.

According to received requests from families of children with an oncological illnesses, the families received monthly or one-time charity, taking into account the importance of the need indicated in the request. The oncological illness of the child affects the financial situation of the family: there is a significant reduction in income, as one of the parents is staying in the hospital with the child and cannot work for a long period of time; in addition, there is also a significant increase in family’s expenses. Other family members are trying to spend as much time as they can with the seriously ill child, and therefore, in cases where the family lives far away from the city where the hospital is located, a lot of money is spent on travel expenses. The Fund provided families with 6,200 Eur for their needs and 3,470 Eur by buying food and nursing equipment.

The Fund provided support A.R. 3,000 Eur for the surgery at Department of Surgery and Urology, for Children and Adolescents, Medical University of Gdansk.

During the months of March, April and May of 2019, the Fund has faced the growing need for medication. Doctors are more and more confident in prescribing advanced, up-to-date treatment protocols that are not State-covered or not supplied in Lithuania at all, but are known for the success in treatment of children in other countries. In order to help the patient A.R., the Fund bought the Temozolomide 100 mg and HYCAMTIN 4 mg and Puri-Nethol 50 mg for 4,430 Eur.

The Fund also purchased the most commonly used mouthwash solutions AftaClear and Caphosol for 1,451 Eur. These solutions help the little patients to get over the most common side effect of chemotherapy – mouth ulcerations that are known to worsen both physical and psychological condition of the sick child. Thanks to these solutions, children are able to eat without suffering too much pain.

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 – 624 Eur.

The Fund also purchased some infusion Cyto set (60 items) that are used to administer medications, physiological fluids and glucose solutions intravenously. We allocated 569 Eur to purchase these systems.

As we have mentioned many times before, it is not only physical treatment that matters, but also emotional and psychological health of the child. When a child is playing, he/she is able to forget the pain he/she has experienced during treatment and medical procedures. After asking of Vilnius Children's Hospital psychologists, we have bought particular things for treatment (1,226 Eur).

A few years ago our Fund contributed to the idea of one of father of a child with oncological disease: to install aquariums at the Children’s Clinic of LSMU (Kaunas University Clinics). The hospital environment causes stress to children and depresses their parents who spent day after day looking after their sick children. It is proven that stress can make treatment less effective. On the other hand, pleasant atmosphere is especially important to children who spent long months being hospitalized. The aquariums are known to create a calming and stress-reducing atmosphere. We allocated 89 Eur to renew the aquariums (to purchase new fish).

Rugute was also able to cover 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, free of charge. This facility is very important to 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. The total maintenance cost of Rugute's Home in the months of March, April and May was 5,844 Eur.

Rugute has always helped to ensure that a certain type and amount of blood is always available to the children who need blood transfusions. On the 25th of May, Fund Rugute and the public entity Nacionalinis kraujo centras organized the 22th voluntary blood drive Share a Droplet, and invited everybody to donate blood for the sick children. 30 donors donated their blood in the cozy atmosphere of Rugute’s Home.

Every time we look back, we see the change in the lives of the children with oncological diseases, and we know that we would have not done all this without the help we received via GlobalGiving. Thanks to all of the kind people who donate money to our organization via GlobalGiving, more than a hundred families receive assistance in their uneasy fight with malignant diseases. Thank you for your contributions: they make the sick children’s lives better!

Mar 25, 2019

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2019-03

Report (December 2018, January and February 2019)

During the months of December, January and February, Rugute continued its activities and provided various support to children with oncological diseases and families who raise them. Fund also supported the major medical centers where these children are treated.

Within the past three months, the Fundprovided monthly and non-recurring charity to the families who had submitted their requests based on the importance of their needs. Families used this money to purchase necessary medical care and food supplies and to cover other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease (for example, travelling costs). The money also helped the families to improve the psychological well-being of the children. Fund provided 8,174.18 Eur in monetary form and 3.590.30 Eur worth of food products to such families.

The Fund helped to purchase specific medications that are needed by individual childhood cancer patients but are not State-covered or not supplied in Lithuania at all. In order to ensure that the proper treatment is administered to the little patients, the Fund bought:

  • medication Avastin(cost: 3,291.96 Eur);
  •  medication Temozolomide 100 mg and 20 mg (78 items) (cost: 1,622.88 Eur);
  • medication Hycamtin  (18 items) (cost: 338.94 Eur).

The Fund also purchased the most commonly used mouthwash solution Caphosol for 278.02 Eur. This solution helps the little patients to get over the most common side effect of chemotherapy – mouth ulcerations that are known to worsen both physical and psychological condition of the sick child. Thanks to these solutions, children are able to eat without suffering too much pain.

For 10 years, Fund has continued to take care of emotional and psychological well-being of the little patients during treatment by supplying hospitals with long-term central venous catheters. These catheters ease the procedure of administering drugs to little children, allowing them to avoid pain. The total cost of the catheters and special needles for them, purchased by Fund during this particular 3 month time period, was 3,045.93 Eur.

At the end of December the mother of one child asked us if we can buy sport simulator, that the boy could take sport activities at home. We understood that need and bought for 4,269.00 Eur.  

At the January, 2019 Rugute contributed 30,000.00 Eur for renovation of 8 wards for the Children’s Oncohematology Center of Vilnius Children’s Hospital. Childrens have treatment their at least half of the year. After this renovation it will be separate rooms for the children and his relative could be together, to use comfortably the toilet, small kitchen for making like homemade dishes etc.

The Fund has donated 800.00 Eur to the Lithuanian Children's oncology and Haematology Therapists Fellowship.

For the past three months, Rugute was also 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. Having found shelter in these premises, children with oncological diseases are able to have a break from their treatment and from being in the hospital. Rugute’s Home allows their family members to get a temporary accommodation while visiting children in the hospital. The total maintenance cost of Rugute's Home in December, January and February was 5,552.26 Eur.

A few years ago our Fund contributed to the idea of Eugenijus Maciukas (father of a child with oncological disease) – to install aquariums at the Children’s Clinic of LSMU (Kaunas University Clinics). The hospital environment causes stress to children and depresses their parents who spent day after day looking after their sick children. It is proven that stress can make treatment less effective. On the other hand, pleasant atmosphere is especially important to children who spent long months being hospitalized. The aquariums are known to create a calming and stress-reducing atmosphere. We allocated 59,24 Eur to renew the aquariums (to purchase new fish).

On the 14th of December, 2018, five friends from Sweden arrived to Lithuania to continue on a beautiful Christmas tradition. They brought gifts to children with oncological diseases. Every time I come to Lithuania and meet those sweet children, I realize how lucky and fortunate I am. There are people arround us that have not been so lucky. I am happy to be able to provide at least a little happiness to them, - says Stefan Essperson, one of the beginners of this support campaign.

Dear Donors of GlobalGiving, thank you for your contributions and for staying in touch with our daily activities. It is so good to know that we are not alone in our fight with malignant childhood diseases. God bless you all!

Dec 21, 2018

Let's Help Children With Cancer - Report 2018-12

Report (September, October and November of 2018)

During the months of September, October and November of 2018, Rugute continued its activities and provided various support to children with oncological diseases and families who raise them. Fund also supported the major medical centers where these children are treated.

Within the past three months, the Fundprovided monthly and non-recurring charity to the families who had submitted their requests based on the importance of their needs. Families used this money to purchase necessary medical care and food supplies and to cover other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease (for example, travelling costs). The money also helped the families to improve the psychological well-being of the children. Fund provided 11,677.03 Eur in monetary form and 2,442.4 Eur worth of food products to such families.

The Fund also purchased the most commonly used mouthwash solution GUM® AftaClear, Caphosol for 2,025.06 Eur. This solution helps the little patients to get over the most common side effect of chemotherapy – mouth ulcerations that are known to worsen both physical and psychological condition of the sick child. Thanks to these solutions, children are able to eat without suffering too much pain.

The Fund has donated 2,000.00 Eur to the Lithuanian Children's oncology and Haematology Therapists Fellowship.

The Fund paid 12,100.00 Eur for genetic screening of 3 children. The genetic screening and testing of young cancer patients in one of the most modern laboratories of Europe, is a continued project, launched by the Fund in 2015. It‘s aim is to help Lithuanian doctors to detect the hystology of the tumor, to foresee the progress of the disease and to individualize the treatment.

Fund bought some supplies and covered some other necessary costs of Children‘s Oncohaematology Center of Santara Clinics (Children‘s Hospital):

  • air conditioners (2 units) for procedure rooms – 3,650.00 Eur;
  • equipment for children psychologist office – 240.00 Eur;
  • toys for children play rooms – 324,91 Eur;

In order for the sick children’s bodies and souls to get better, it is crucial to provide them with both active and passive recreation, new experiences, joyful adventures and new friends. Back in 2015, we received an invitation from Jurga and Fredrik Gotlund, who offered us to implement a project Rehabilitation and Recreation of Childhood Cancer Patients together, by bringing our children to Mallorca, Spain, for a week of vacation. On the 22-29rd of September, 2018, nine children who had oncological diseases, and their family members, enjoyed warm Mediterranean seawater and impressive nature of Mallorca. This rehabilitation gave them lots of benefits for their emotional and physical well-being. The total cost of this trip, including airfare, insurance, catering and visiting places of interest, was 7,297.93 Eur.

For the past three months, Rugute was also covering the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home, the rented premises (200 m2) with two bedrooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms and a cozy area for games, resting and meetings, and a small yard, not far from the Vilnius Children’s Hospital. It is the only facility in Lithuania that provides temporary accommodation to the young cancer patients and their family members, free of charge. Having found shelter in these premises, children with oncological diseases are able to have a break from their treatment and from being in the hospital. Rugute’s Home allows their family members to get a temporary accommodation while visiting children in the hospital. The total maintenance cost of Rugute's Home in September, October and November of 2018 was 5,562.81 Eur.

A few years back, our Fund contributed to the project by Eugenijus Maciukas (a dad of a little patient), which involved setting up fish tanks in the hallways of Children’s Disease Clinic of LSMU. The hospital environment may be quite stressful to children (who spend long months in there) and depressing to their parents, therefore it is important to create a peaceful and emotionally rewarding environment. We helped to renew the aquariums and allocated 43.80Eur for this particular project.

On the 1th of December, Fund Rugute  and Nacionalinis kraujo centras invited everybody to the voluntary blood drive Share a Droplet, which was a nice event to commemorate the 14th birthday of Rugute. It is a wonderful and positive blood donation campaign, where one can give some sincere attention to a sick human being and to save his/her life in an easy and rewarding way.

Christmas is right on our doorstep and we are sitting down to take a look at what we have done, and what we wouldn’t have done without your help. THANK YOU. May the Christmas Spirit prevail in your hearts and homes. May you be always well and healthy.

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