Cancer in many forms has increased among many children in Asia, especially the Philippines, where the quality of air and water is affected by industrial or agricultural chemicals, chronic poverty and inadequate public health facilities. In the Mindanao region, where Christians, Muslims and mountain tribal people live in extremely challenging conditions, the only cancer treatment facility which coordinates low cost medicines to the poor is the House of Hope in the City of Davao.
Cancer treatment is most successful when medicine, nutrition and an attitude of hope are fully integrated. At House of Hope, cancer treatment medicines are provided by the city government, but the extra expense of providing transportation, food and lodging for 3,500 children and their families is overwhelming. Private volunteers and organizations such as Asia America Initiative provide assistance. Christmas Toys for 400 severely impoverished children add to a joyful healing process.
This program is an international model for enhanced donor involvement and corporate social responsibility. Through survival and experiencing hope, the multi-ethnic children inspire their neighbors. Despite their daily struggles, our healing program has encouraged numerous communities to believe that a better life is possible. Overcoming illness requires a positive attitude. Toys, arts materials and visits by entertainers provide happiness and the beauty of life.