Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer

by Fundacion Nuestros Hijos
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer
Jose and her Mom in our foster home
Jose and her Mom in our foster home
  • We continued raising funds to organize the Holiday dinner for 300 children with cancer.

Chile is a geographically very diverse and long country; its length is 4300 kilometers (almost 2700 miles). In this territory, about 1000 children are receiving active cancer treatments per year. The attention is centralized; 80% of them are attended in the capital, Santiago.

José, four years old, is an example of the public health system's structure to deliver treatment. He arrived this month with his mother at our foster home from Dalcahue, a small rural community on the Chiloé island, more than 1000 kilometers (636 miles) from Santiago.

José has lymphoblastic leukemia and was initially treated at the Hospital Base in Valdivia, the closest medical center to serve the population of children diagnosed with cancer in the southern part of Chile. Valdivia is more than 360 km away (228 miles) from Jose's home.

Together with Rosa (mother), José had to go to the capital city because bone marrow transplantation is only performed in Santiago. His father and his sister stayed in Chiloé Island.

Today José and Rosa are very happy because the transplant was a success. Despite this, the treatment continues, and both will have to spend Christmas's time in Santiago, far from their home, their family and their community.

Each of your donations helps us prepare a beautiful and loving Holiday Dinner party for José and Rosa and many other 300 children who will live this special time separated from their loved ones.

Thank you very much for every donation.

Jose in the Hospital Base Valdivia.
Jose in the Hospital Base Valdivia.
Joses sister in Dalcahue, Chiloe.
Joses sister in Dalcahue, Chiloe.
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Part of the dinning room in FNH Shelter
Part of the dinning room in FNH Shelter

2020 will be a year that will forever live in our memory and especially for all families with one of their children with cancer.
But the arrival of the holidays brought a space of "normality" to the families who enjoyed with their loved ones.


Although we did not reach the proposed goal for 2020, the complementary support of volunteers allowed us to reach each of these 300 children with some support.

Likewise, all the children of our shelter had a special Christmas meal. 

As some of the pacient were authorized by their doctors to return home (Look here our instagram post) the rest were able to share in the dining room (but at separate tables due to Covid-19 precautions).

Ema and her mother Leontina were one of the families who stayed at the shelter for the holidays. If you want to know its history (in Spanish for now) click here 

With your donation we were able to buy part of the gifts that we take in our vehicles to the homes of the children we support. We also sent gifts to the oncology units of the hospitals and all families received gift cards to buy gifts or Christmas dinner.

As we could not have a face-to-face party, we got together through Zoom and shared with a magician, the entertainer Angelica Castro and the singer Luis Jara. click here

We are very happy because we believe that this 2021 we will have an even more beautiful party with the hope that we can hug each other again and tell the children how much we love them, assuring them that we will continue to accompany them during the illness and beyond.

Ema and her mother Leontina. <3
Ema and her mother Leontina. <3
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Fundacion Nuestros Hijos

Location: Santiago - Chile
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Twitter: @Nuestros_hijos
Project Leader:
Alejandra Mendez
Santiago, Chile
$2,056 raised of $10,000 goal
 
44 donations
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