Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women

by Asia America Initiative
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Brielle attending a check-up Feb 2022
Brielle attending a check-up Feb 2022

Dear GG Donors,

When Asia America Initiative and our wonderful donors adopted then-3-year-old Brielle, she was not expected to live to see her 4th Birthday. No qualified specialists or pediatric surgical facilities in the Philippines could provide the liver transplant and special medicines required for her survival. She would need to travel to a specialized care facility in Taiwan for the procedure and needed a liver transplant donor on short notice who could provide a perfect match. With three months left in her survival period, time was running out.  

It's been 6 years since she received her transplant. It was her mother's liver that was the best match. A pharmaceutical company in the United States generously provided the specialized medicines free of charge. Our GlobalGiving donors and a US-based family trust foundation made sure we could help cover the costs of travel, hospital bills, and other fees. Thanks to you all, we did keep faith with other children on our care list. 

At the time, Asia America Initiative was asked by our medical advisors, "Why are you putting so much time and resources into this one almost impossible case when so many other children in our assistance program are in need?"  My response was simple, as an "end-stage" cancer survivor just a few years previously, still feeling the pain from that major surgery, "I believe this child can survive." We, and her many supporters, are delighted that she has not only survived but has been a blessing and a model for so many others families facing the same adversity. 

After she and Brielle recovered, her mother completed her medical school studies and is now a practicing medical doctor in the Philippines. Brielle is a happy and healthy 9-year-old. She attends school and is growing up well, as her transplant continues to be a great success. 

AAI's program for children with cancer and other rare diseases supports children receiving treatment by supplementing nutrition to aid for full recovery, boosting their morale with gifts and nutritional support to increase their lifespan. AAI supplies books and educational materials to give hope for the future. This is especially important for young children who need care and love to know, "You are not alone." Our art programs conducted in hospital facilities build a joyful attitude to embrace life and enhance their healing process.

Our program is an international model of donor kindness and corporate social responsibility. By surviving and experiencing hope, the multi-ethnic children inspire their neighbors who usually live in underserved communities. For children living in dire poverty, the influence of violent crime and militant extremism is a constant reality. This holistic program empowers entire communities to have hope and resist the dark paths caused by despair. Yes, "Every life does matter," and it is possible to succeed against all odds when our love, faith, and the supporting kindness of people like you are strong.

Thank you for being a part of this heartfelt team. If you would like to make an additional contribution to this project for other children receiving treatment, please follow the link below. (We are pleased that GlobalGiving is also offering a match on your first donation if you prefer to enroll as a monthly contributor. Monthly contributions help plan needs and activities for the children in the month ahead.) 

Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women

Wishing you peace, 

Albert Santoli

Director, Asia America Initiative

Brielle and brother 2016
Brielle and brother 2016
Baby Brielle post-surgery March 2017
Baby Brielle post-surgery March 2017
Brielle and her dad post-surgery 2017
Brielle and her dad post-surgery 2017
Brielle's Birthday Party 2021
Brielle's Birthday Party 2021
Brielle in school on her 7th Birthday
Brielle in school on her 7th Birthday
Honor Student
Honor Student

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AAI volunteer Pidot with a young cancer patient
AAI volunteer Pidot with a young cancer patient

Dear Friends of AAI,

In 2014, Asia America Initiative began sponsorship for 100 children and women  in Manila hospitals where 49 of our 50 patients became cancer-free. Since then we added 100 children with cancer at the House of Hope Center in Davao. AAI provides life-saving nutrition and gifts to help with trauma and healing. Their families are Christian, Muslim and mountain tribal peoples earn less than $5 per day. Their life is a constant challenge but we never give up on building a better health and future for the next generation. To assist the young patients' healing, AAI's program includes nutrition, art supplies, storybooks, and toys to instill positive attitudes, love, and care.

In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, a dedicated volunteer for AAI passed away from Covid19. Pidot was the epitomy of a hero -- self-sacrificing, caring for the needy and always providing a hug or a smile to colleagues and beneficiaries.  He was our bright shining star to the children at House of Hope. He gave his time and energy, but most importantly, he gave his love to these children in their battle with cancer.

If you are a long-time donor to this project, you have seen him in pictures, whether leading the events with the children, at a tiny table with them playing with a toy, or side by side in their hospital bed telling them a story.  Pidot became a friend to all he met. 

In his honor, we are establishing a Pidot Project to sustain our efforts to "be there" in our own simple way, with love and caring, for such children at House of Hope and other impoverished and hard to reach areas, no matter where they are located.  We hope our loyal donors will join us in sustaining our humble efforts.  We cannot do this without you.

 

 If you would like to continue to support this meaningful AAI project, please click the link below. 

Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women

Thank you,

Albert Santol

Director Asia America Initiative

Pidot with children and AAI Director Santoli 2017
Pidot with children and AAI Director Santoli 2017
A small child sharing toys with Pidot
A small child sharing toys with Pidot
Pidot telling a story
Pidot telling a story
Pidot interacting with a baby with tumor
Pidot interacting with a baby with tumor
Children of all ages receive treatment here
Children of all ages receive treatment here
Pidot giving out books from AAI
Pidot giving out books from AAI

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Brielle celebrates 8th Birthday blessings
Brielle celebrates 8th Birthday blessings

In June 2021, our Little Princess Brielle celebrated her 8th Birthday surrounded by her loving family, including her younger brother "Spider Man."  Their  "Super Heroes" are the kind contributors from around the world who answered the urgent appeal by Asia America Initiative and provided much of the funding needed for  successful liver transplant surgery. When Asia America Initiative and our wonderful donors adopted then-3 year old Brielle, she was not expected to live to see her 4th Birthday. There were no qualified specialists or pediatric surgical facilities in the Philippines that could provide the liver transplant and special medicines required for her survival. She would need to travel to a special care facility in Taiwan and needed a liver transpant donor on short notice who could provide perfect match.  With three months left in her survival period, time was running out.  

It's been 5 years since funds were raised to replace her liver, donated by her mother who finished her medical school studies after they both recovered and is now a practicing medical doctor. At the time, Asia America Initiative was asked by some of our medical advisors, "Why are you putting so much time and resources into this one almost impossible case, when so many other children in our assistance program are in need?"  My response was very simple,. As an "end stage" cancer survivor just a few years previously, still feeling the pain from that major surgery, I believe this child can survive."

A generous pharmaceutical company in the United States provided the specialized medicines free of charge. And our GlobalGiving donors and a US-based family trust foundation made sure we could help cover the costs of travel, hospital bills and other fees.  Thanks to you all, we did keep faith with other children on our care list.  AAI supports children receiving treatment by supplementing nutrition to aid for full recovery, boosting their morale with gifts and nutritional support to increase their lifespan. Books and educational materials are supplied to give hope for the future. This is especially important for young children who need care and love to know, "You are not alone." Our art programs conducted in hospital facilities build a joyful attitude to embrace life and enhance their healing process.

This program is an international model of donor kindness and corporate social responsibility. By surviving and experiencing hope, the multi-ethnic children inspire their neighbors who usually live in underserved communities. For children living in dire poverty, the influence of violent crime and militant extremism is a constant reality. This holistic program empowers entire communities to have hope and to resist the dark paths caused by despair. Yes, "every life does matter," and it is possible to succeed against all odds when our love, faith and the supporting kindness of people like you is strong. .

Super Brielle and brother Spider Boy celebrate
Super Brielle and brother Spider Boy celebrate

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Mom and child are happy to receive care package!
Mom and child are happy to receive care package!

Asia America Initiative and our partners in the Cancer Treatment centers we support in the Philippines have been creatively finding solutions to provide healing support and nutritional supplements to a substantial number of children in need at the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders in Manila (PSOD).  Program coordinator Ms. Janet, describes our approach to assist the medical team at the center, "Our children have been fortunate to have an understanding partner such as Prof. Santoli of AAI who listens with respect to the improvisations we have had to adopt to overcome the challenges of quarantines and lockdowns during the COVID pandemic."

AAI adopted a hybrid method of supplying the children's needs with the emphasis on nutrition through food packs we collect in the United States and send via cargo ships, as well as buying staples such as powdered milk, rice, and vegetables in markets near the Philippine General Hospital where the children undergo specialized treatment.  Their families often earn less than $5 per day so we include stipends to pay the cost of local transportation for the children and their parents. "The ability to transport their entire family is a positive factor that helps the children to not be afraid to undergo stressful treatment. Family members can be by their side. In addition, the AAI program includes sweet treats, art supplies, story books, and toys to instill positive attitudes, love, and caring support. Children usually respond better when they are surrounded with love."

Our partner hospitals provide cancer medication free of charge in a systematic manner.  Our art programs conducted in hospital wards build a joyful creative atmosphere to express hopes and fears as a way to embrace life and enhance their healing process. Our extended GlobalGiving family of donors have made a remarkable difference to these beautiful children under lockdown conditions. We have been able to reach into their isolation and let them know that many people care and are giving them VIRTUAL HUGS OF HOPE.

Your donations help us to provide each child with a 1-month supply of nutrition appropriate for their medical treatment.

If you would like to provide additional support for this wonderful program, click on the link below:

Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli

Director, Asia America Initiative

Care packages ready to give to children in need
Care packages ready to give to children in need
A dad and son receive Virtual Hugs of HOPE
A dad and son receive Virtual Hugs of HOPE
Nutritional support included in care packages
Nutritional support included in care packages
A mom and son thank AAI and donors
A mom and son thank AAI and donors
Families assisted genuinely express their thanks
Families assisted genuinely express their thanks

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2016 Gift giving event
2016 Gift giving event

This has been quite a year for all of us, but imagine trying to find needed medical care for a young son or daughter with cancer. In the Philippines, the House of Hope in Davao provides that needed care for cancer victims.  In Manila and Cebu, the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders [Rare Diseases] are providing treatment, nutrition, and loving support for affected children and their families.  The children are treated free of charge for medical services but other costs must be supplemented by caring donors.

As a partner in these projects, Asia America Initiative provides nutrition and tries to sustain healing gifts for 100 children with cancer at House of Hope and also for around 60 children with genetic diseases at the PSOD. Many of their families earn less than $5 per day. The program includes nutrition, art supplies, storybooks, and toys to instill positive attitudes, love, and care.

Fortunately, Covid19 restrictions have not hampered cancer treatments for the children whose immune systems are in jeopardy.  AAI is staying in contact with the coordinator at the House of Hope Children's Center to monitor the progression of activities allowed and building a stockpile of aid for the Holiday Season. For now, toy donations are not allowed to be given until the doctors tell us it's okay. Medical specialists are working very hard to keep sterile conditions for their child patients. Our shipments of toys, books, and nutritional supplies are continuing to be sent and are being held by our AAI coordinator in Davao.

We are also in close contact with the program coordinator of PSOD, and providing her with funds to sustain nutrition and supplemental medicines to offset side effects from the heavy medical treatments that help these children to survive.

For this GlobalGiving report, we want to keep you informed and decided to share with you some of our best pics from 2016 to present since we cannot participate with children in person right now. Distribution of donations days include a party for the children. There is always an art activity, a snack, and a toy or book given. They have the opportunity to interact with each other, the staff, and the ubiquitous Jollibee hamburger mascot. Their favorite!

Maybe you hadn't donated yet this year and haven't seen the pics before. Please enjoy! The staff will send us pictures from the next distributions once we receive the all-clear from the doctors. We're hoping they will be able to receive a toy or book soon even if a party cannot take place. Please know, your donations matter. The children are more isolated now and will need all the love and attention they can get from their supporters. (That's you!)  And the nutritional and over-the-counter medicines greatly help to ease their suffering.

"Every contribution makes a healing difference in the lives of these wonderful children," says Janet F., Program Coordinator at PSOD.  "Many of their parents have lost their jobs during the pandemic lockdowns and have difficulty placing food on the table to keep the children strong and smiles on their faces.  Our partners, such as Asia America Initiative and their wonderful donors, are "superheroes" to these children."

If you would like to make a small contribution as ongoing support, the link below will take you to the donation page. 

Thank you so much for caring.

Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women

 

 

Children and their mom at the House of Hope
Children and their mom at the House of Hope
House of Hope children and teen volunteers
House of Hope children and teen volunteers
A child with his stuffed animal friend
A child with his stuffed animal friend
AAI representative with child patient
AAI representative with child patient
Children receive coloring books
Children receive coloring books
A stuffed animal puts a smile on her face!
A stuffed animal puts a smile on her face!
Receiving treatment with a toy by his side
Receiving treatment with a toy by his side
Receiving a toy makes their day. Thank you!
Receiving a toy makes their day. Thank you!
Clinic for PSOD Children at Phil Gen Hospital
Clinic for PSOD Children at Phil Gen Hospital
Some PSOD volunteers are also beneficiaries
Some PSOD volunteers are also beneficiaries

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Albert Santoli
Washington, D.C United States
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