Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!

by Fundacion Colombiana de Leucemia y Linfoma
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!
Help 71 Young Colombians who fight against Cancer!

 

Thanks to your contribution we can continue bringing hope to young people with cancer under treatment.

The Colombian Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation is still working with its “Young People in Contact” initiative which involves young people in active chemotherapy treatment, as well as young cancer survivors.

In recent months we have had different university volunteers, which have donated their time and talent, taking artistic activities to the hospital, to share them with patients.

This is how patients have had singing and guitar sessions, where they are also motivated to make their own lyrics, because we feel that through music you can also express pain, frustration, joy and all emotions that patients experience when they faced with this disease.

Another fun session led by another of the students, was the elaboration of handmade balls, for use them as juggling. Of course, the patients had a lot of fun trying to coordinate their hands so that their balls did not fall to the floor. Which undoubtedly helped them to forget for a moment the treatment and sadness and to focus on the good times of today.

We are very happy to share these unforgettable moments with young people living the cancer experience. We know they won't forget it either.

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Through your contribution we can help to achieve the goals of more young people with cancer!

The Colombian Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation has a group of more than 50 young people, who are in active treatment or who have survived the disease. They are an example for others; Some of them have assumed greater leadership and every week they go to the hospitals and give testimony to other teenagers who are newly diagnosed.

Danielle, Andrew and Valentine finished their treatment and managed to overcome cancer. Together with them, we celebrate life, and the beginning of a new career with a thousand goals to achieve, that with an orange ribbon symbolize the completion of a stage and the beginning of something else, each one received a medal and a diploma, congratulating them on his courage, strength, courage, wisdom and empathy towards his friends who have not yet finished, but to whom when he can give them the breath of life.

Danielle is a very cheerful young woman, always happy, during her process she helped other girls to empower themselves despite the loss of her hair, she tells us that her illness was the one she could teach the small and valuable details of life. The best part of her process, she said, was to get closer to her mom, the woman the she loves too much.

 

Andrew, teaches us how to be strong, always comes to group activities, participates and gives encouragement to others. His girlfriend and his mom are very proud of him, as well as a lot and are happy to know that he finally finished his treatment.

 

Finally, Valentina, an extroverted young woman who never stands still, she celebrated something else that has finished the treatment, celebrated having completed 1 year of her bone marrow transplant that says it is as if she had been reborn.

 

They are part of young contact group, and they are life inspirers.

 

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The winners, the warriors
The winners, the warriors
Andrew with the young contact leader
Andrew with the young contact leader
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Through your contribution we can help to achieve the goals of more young people with cancer!

 

The Colombian Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation has a group of more than 50 young people, who are in active treatment or who have survived the disease. They are an example for others; Some of them have assumed greater leadership and every week they go to the hospitals and give testimony to other teenagers who are newly diagnosed.

The visits not only include messages of hope and optimism, they also make young people hospitalized joyful through music, dance, art therapy proposals, workshops and other ideas, with the aim of make more comfortable their stay at the hospital.

One of the workshops that took place at the end of 2018 was the photography workshop facilitated by photographer Julián Betancur. He shared with the teenagers in each of the occasions and the development in a very emotional class, with his professional camera, motivating them to capture unforgettable moments.

Furthemore, you can also know about the "Patch Friday project". In the last activity we went to the cinema, each of them with a companion, we also went to eat something together and shared wonderful experiences. It is comforting for all times of everyday life.

We have also created a group on WhatsApp with all the members, in order to be in contact and share daily experiences; For example, some write messages of encouragement and strength and others appreciate it.

 

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Thanks to your contribution we can support the dreams of more young people with cancer!

 

“Young people in contact” is the name of our group of young people who have been diagnosed with some type of cancer, at the Colombian Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. They are life inspirers, Frequently, they go to the clinics to visit other children and young people who are living the same process, this in order to provide support and tell them that they are not alone, that there is someone else that go through the same situation and understand how difficult it is to be there and witness the side effects of the treatment. They also provide support and hope to caregivers sharing their life testimony.

All the visits are different, in the last, they perform dance-therapy. This in order to generate positive emotions in them, decrease levels of stress and anxiety as well as patients as caregivers.

Some Fridays in the month we gather to do activities and have fun. In this last month we were in a yoga session where our children managed to relax and learn about this practice that in many occasions can help cope with fatigue and chronic pain. Furthemore, some of the girls could participate in a fashion Show, they looked beautiful! and also in a Spa session, exclusively for them.

Daniela, one of our young women, says that cancer has allowed her to live life in a different way, she likes to get close to her family and do something to inspire and accompany her to keep going despite adversity. Daniela always has a smile and enjoys sharing with other young people in the group. Valentina, also part of the group, was transplanted 6 months ago, has a desire to live and give her testimony to others. Despite the difficulties, he did not miss to win. Angie, is a very strong woman, despite the complications in this time is always willing to help and participate in the activities.

Like them, there are more young inspirers of life, brave young people who by chance suffered a disease that seemed invincible but in the end won the battle. Sinders, leader of the youth program, is also a cancer survivor, for her, the disease was never an obstacle to achieving her dreams, today she is an inspirer of life, a psychologist and a member of the group “Young people in contact”.

 

Our young people say "Cancer is not the obstacle, the obstacle is your attitude"

 

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Thanks to your contribution we can accompany the goals of young people like Sinders!

Sinder is a 23-year-old girl, she is survivor of a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma with early relapse and autologous bone marrow transplantation, her diagnosis was given on August 30, 2009 and the transplant was performed in August 2011, currently attending controls every year until it reaches 10 years after the transplant, its treatment was done in one of the hospitals where art therapy workshops are held.

Her diagnosis came to her life at a time when priorities were far from taking care of her health, she was about to turn 15 and once they detected a mass in her neck her life changed completely, at the beginning, she didn't understand why her family she cried and remained sad, she didn't understand why the doctors and psychologists spoke to her with such seriousness, because she didn't understand the importance of having a disease such as cancer.

The physical adaptation for Sinders was the most difficult part, she was a vain and self-centered girl, when she indentify couldn’t do what all the teenagers did and that she had to rearrange her routine followed by feeling all the effects of the treatment, she understood that she was faced with a situation that challenged her to get on a roller coaster where she found curves of emotions, constant changes, new knowledge in front of her experience and her own feelings. With this she learned to value the present, she learned to appreciate her parents, to contemplate the night and the day from his room, she learned that routine is always needed, she learned to receive bad news and from that learning she managed to gain strength with the objective to fight for the love of those who waited that she said "I left treatment, now I'm feel better".

Sinders knew the foundation in the relapse of her illness, when the doctors were evaluating the possibility of a transplant, she participated in 2014 in the event of the foundation "Prize for Courage of a woman with cancer" since then the foundation was pending in her process, although at some point she resisted having contact with other young people, she began to follow the social networks of the foundation and her idea of helping others made her the leader of young people in the foundation, today she prepares new projects in favor of young people diagnosed with cancer and she also waits her degree as a psychologist. Sinders believes that the most valuable thing that happened to her was to change her way of seeing life, she to stop being a self-centered girl to meet the woman who wants to contribute to the common good, she recognized a woman who today takes the time necessary to obtain donations for children with oncological diagnosis and she give them visits full of happiness and understanding. 

Today she tells the readers that she wants them to love today, that they love themselves and the people who are present in their lives, that they always find a purpose to live that makes them happy and of course they don't be afraid of cancer, because in the end, blessings are raining despite adversity.

She said: "Cancer takes away good cells, it's selfish, it's usually cruel but behind it people come with their own light that end up being your dose of life and against that, this disease Cant Not!"

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Fundacion Colombiana de Leucemia y Linfoma

Location: Bogota - Colombia
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Twitter: @LeucemiaLinfoma
Project Leader:
YOLIMA MENDEZ
Bogota, Bogota Colombia
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