Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer

by Childhood Cancer Fund Rugut
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer
Let's Help More Than 100 Children with Cancer

Year after year, together with those who provide support to Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute, we create a safer world for children who have oncological illnesses, where there is never a shortage of medications and the most effective nursing care. All the necessary tests for the children is performed on time, and consultations in foreign clinics are provided. These three months - June, July, August - are no exception, when only thanks to your help we were able to provide families with the support of 18,000 Eur. This support is very important for those families, because with it, a mother or father caring for a child in the hospital could buy him tastier food, bring him to the hospital for further treatment on time or meet other necessary needs. When a child i that ill, the family's financial situation worsens - the income drops sharply, because during hospitalization one of the parents has to take care of the child and cannot work for a long time, and the expenses increase significantly.

In June, we heard a plea from doctors to help the charming, athletic sixteen-year-old Andrej, who faced the challenge of melanoma. Melanoma is an extremely rare illness diagnosed for children. So far, only a few cases have been diagnosed in Lithuania. The government of Lithuania does not compensate for medications prescribed for the treatment of children's melanoma. In the months of June-August, we bought medicines for Andrej for 20,740 Eur and gave him the opportunity to undergo successful treatment.

This spring, seventeen-year-old Sandra was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. After the chemotherapy treatment, the council of doctors decided to perform amputation of the limb in order to reduce the risk of recurrence of the illness. In order for Sandra to be able to move efficiently, we helped her purchase a more advanced prosthetic, for which we dedicated 6,929 Eur.

Since spring, we have been tirelessly helping Ukrainian children suffering from oncological illnesses. In this war-torn country, medicine is often unavailable to sick children. Without medication, they cannot continue treatment and expect the illness to go retreat. We handed over 5,398 Eur worth of medicines to Ukraine.

This is only part of the work we did together with you during the time from June to August. We are extremely grateful to all sponsors for their endless help and offered shoulder for every child fighting the illness. You are their infinite hope!

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We want to thank you all who supported children, suffering from oncological illnesses, during the months of March through May. Your support provides us an opportunity to contribute immediately to the successful treatment of children in the event of an urgent need. That is, purchasing medicines, nursing equipment on time, financing of research that is not performed in Lithuania or providing the necessary financial support to the family of a sick child.

In March-May period, we bought sick children medicine for 4.046 EUR. We made sure that sick children did not run out of special mouthwash, which effectively heals wounds in the mouth. We paid 4,006 EUR for the mouthwash and other care products. We have given out 18,765 EUR in financial support so that families can pay for their travel expenses between hospital and home, buy some delicious food for their sick child or brighten the day with a toy that will soothe the child during a painful procedure.

For the past three months, Rugute Fund 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 young cancer patients and their family members, free of charge. Having found a shelter in these premises, children with oncological illnesses 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 March, April and May of 2022 was 5,751 Eur.

When the war in Ukraine had started, we could not remain indifferent to the treatment of children with oncological illnesses in Kyiv and Lviv. We bought the hospitals of these two cities medicine for 26,447 EUR. Nothing is more important than helping these children, fighting for their lives in war conditions.

Dear Donors of GlobalGiving, thank you for helping us move forward and make our children’s lives easier. We highly value your contribution and support, and hope to be able to do many good deeds in the near future!

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Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute continues to provide various kinds of support to families with children that have been diagnosed with oncological diseases. We have been providing financial assistance, purchasing medications and medical care supplies for these families. During the months of June December 2021, January and February, 2022, the Fund provided monthly and non-recurring charity of 15,500.00 Eur to the parents, who used this money to purchase necessary medical care supplies and to cover other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease. The money also helped the families to improve the psychological well-being of the children.

The Fund also continuously purchases specific medications that are needed for individual childhood cancer patients. Some of these medications are not State-covered, and some are not supplied in Lithuania at all. The total cost of medications for one month was 2,577.50 Eur.

From the autumn of 2021, we are helping children with oncological illnesses buy Niltac - a medical cleaner for glue residual. Niltac is used to reduce the pain caused by removing a bandage from the wound. Sick children constantly experience this discomfort as the needle inserted into the central venous catheter is attached with a bandage, and also bandages are used daily after surgery. This constant discomfort even causes fear of going to the procedure room for the little ones. During these past three months, we bought Niltac for 1,478.48 Eur.

For 13 years now, Rugute has been supporting the emotional and psychological well-being of the little patients during treatment, by supplying the local hospitals with long-term central venous catheters. These catheters ease the procedure of administering drugs to little children, allowing them to avoid pain. The catheters (9 items) and special needles for them (100 items), as well as light-resistant infusion systems (200 items), cost 2,007.76 Eur.

One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy is mouth ulcerations that worsen the physical and emotional condition of the young patient: children are unable to eat and suffer severe pain. In order to ease these symptoms, Fund purchased a quantity of mouthwash solution Aftamed, Caphosol for 924.74 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. 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. It is a place where everyone, who has been touched by an oncological disease, is welcome and loved. The total maintenance cost of Rugute's Home in the past three months was 5,652.30 Eur.

We would like to give a loud and sincere THANK YOU to all of our loyal and loving donors on GlobalGiving. We gain strength through you every day, and will continue our fight with childhood cancer as long as you are with us.

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This is the season to be thankful. So, we are very grateful for your care and decision to contribute to the activities of the Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute and thus extend a friendly helping hand to children on the path of oncological illness. Recent years have been one of the most intense in the entire life of the Rugute Fund. The ongoing pandemic has become a major test for the families of children who are on the path of illness as well as for doctors and for us. After all, the treatment of children must continue even at a time when many things in the world have stopped. Thanks to you, in September, October and November, the “Let's Help Children With Cancer“ project received 24,891 USD (21,320 EUR) in support. Knowing that we are not alone in the most important struggle in a child’s life inspires us to keep believing in recovery and going forward with all our might.

We are sincerely grateful that with your support we have been able to provide:

• 11000.00 EUR - financial support for families. With these funds, families caring for a child with oncological illness were able to pay for nursing equipment, food, and hospital travel expenses.

• 893.58 EUR – for buying a central venous catheter (4 pcs.). For 13 years, the Fund has continued to taking care of the 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.

• 926.74 EUR - oral care products Caphosol® (10 pcs.) These solutions help the little patients to get over the most common side effect of chemotherapy - mouth ulcers that are known to worsen both physical and psychological condition of a sick child. Thanks to these solutions, children are able to eat without suffering too much pain.

• 2234.51 EUR – special pillows, which are necessary to prevent bedsores in children with severe conditions and mandatory bed rest.

• 1,056.27 EUR for nursing care products: adhesive bandages that are breathable, do not cause allergic reactions and are easy to remove from the skin.

• 870.00 EUR - for the Vilnius Children's Hospital Oncohematology Center to buy folding screens that would allow patients to separate from each other and give each other privacy.

• 2736.00 EUR – for buying a hearing aid for Bazile. Bazile is one of the few children who were not destined to take a deep breath after remission was reached. After overcoming the worst - oncological - illness, the girl was accompanied by other complications. One of them is hearing loss.

• 9,075.00 EUR - we paid for genetic testing 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. Its’ aim is to help Lithuanian doctors to detect the histology of the tumor, to foresee the progress of the disease and to individualize the treatment.

• 2,436.5 EUR - we contributed to the fulfillment of Meda's dream, by purchasing a computer.

• 6044,35 EUR for the maintenance of Rugute's Home. For the past three months, the fund was 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. Having found a shelter in these premises, children with oncological illnesses are able to have a break from their treatment and from being in the hospital. Rugute’s Home also allows their family members to get a temporary accommodation while visiting children in the hospital.

 Looking back over the whole year, we feel gratitude in our hearts. Thank you for being with us and being those much-needed pillars of support. In these times when nothing is assured, we are happy to be sure there are people around us who support and help us. The care and love you send help pave the way towards hope for the little patients. Everything for at least one day when it hurts less and the sadness goes away. Thank you for your kindness and we wish you a hopeful, never-backing-down, full of love New Year.

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Since its establishment 17 years ago, the Foundation‘s success is based on sponsors and volunteers‘ enthusiasm. Only with the help of others and financial support we can contribute to a more successful treatment of our little patients. Because of our supporters, together with doctors we can ensure the most advanced treatment regimens. We can also finance research that is not conducted in Lithuania. We can provide the necessary support for families or a cozy home space for a temporary stay with their loved ones at Rugute’s Home. These things sometimes are what the whole world of a little patients consists of.

Thanks to your kindness, the financial support of $ 44,055.33 was transferred to the Foundation during the months of June, July, and August. The Foundation's project "Let's Help Children With Cancer" published on the GlobalGiving platform is not final. The Rugute Foundation, which has helped children recover from the treatment in the hospital, will soon take care of and provide support to those who have yet to be diagnosed with an oncological illness. For a number of years, the goals and needs of the Foundation have not changed, only the children being treated are changing.

For these past few years, the Foundation has been facing a growing need for medicine, research and medical supplies. Pediatric oncohematologists are becoming more and more confident in using the medication provided by the latest treatment protocols. Although such drugs are often not supplied or compensated in Lithuania, they are successfully used to treat children in other countries. Doctors aim to provide advanced genetic testing to as many children as possible, with the most accurate individualized treatment possible based on detailed information on tumor genetic mutations and oncogenes. Most genetic tests carried out in foreign laboratories are not financially compensated by our country. There is no doubt that next-generation medication, advanced research, advanced nursing and medical facilities lead to greater children survival rate and long-term remission. It is a massive ray of hope for children who have been diagnosed with an oncological illness.

Despite the medical support, it is equally important to provide charity to families during the child’s treatment, as the child’s oncological illness worsens the family’s financial situation. There is significant reduction in income (hospitalization of a child requires one parent to stay in the hospital for a long-term, making them unable to work) and significant increase in family sustainability costs. Other family members try to spend as much time as possible with the ill child, so if the family lives far away from the city where the treatment facility is located, more money has to be spent on travel expenses. Hospital care is only provided to the child being treated, so the person caring for the child has to provide food at his or her own expense. These problems burden the family on top of a serious illness and treatment, so we try to alleviate it as much as we can.

The treatment of oncological illnesses with cytostatic medication often has a strong side effect, and the drugs needed to reduce them are not always compensated by the state. Patients also have to purchase various nursing supplies at their own expense. With the Foundation‘s help, families can purchase essential supplies for nursing, food, can cover travel and other expenses as needed, trying not only to improve the physical condition of their children, but also to improve their emotional, psychological and spiritual condition, which influence overall treatment success and recovery.

During the months of June, July and August, we used your support to provide the financial support of 8,700 euros to families. We also helped them purchase medicine, which is not available in Lithuania, for the amount of 4,356 euros. We paid for genetic testing of 3 children – the total amount was 9,075 Eur. We bought 5 central venous catheters – 1,787 euros. To alleviate mouth ulcers, which is incredibly uncomfortable physically and psychologically, the Foundation purchased AftaClear mouthwash, which ‘s cost was 376 Eur.

In conclusion, the Foundation’s ability to help families affected by illness is highly related with the kindness and help of the people who support it. Just as the saying goes: There’s no “I” in team. We are enormously grateful to everyone who decides to join us on this path and help us to help others

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Childhood Cancer Fund Rugut

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania - Lithuania
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