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

Report (December 2019, January and February 2020)

During the months of December, January and February, Rugute provided monthly and non-recurring charity of 11,993.23 Eur to the families who used this money to purchase necessary medical care and food supplies and to cover other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease (for example, travelling costs). The money also helped the families to improve the psychological well-being of the children.

The Fund helped to purchase specific medications that are needed by individual childhood cancer patients but are not State-covered or not supplied in Lithuania at all. In order to ensure that the proper treatment is administered to the little patients, the Fund bought:

- medication Topotecan (cost: 233.44 Eur);

- medication Clisma-lax (cost: 551.52 Eur).

6.250,00 Eur of charity for A. R.‘s first surgery, accommodation, meals and other expenses endured during the planned surgery at Gdansk University Clinical Hospital‘s Centre of Children‘s Surgery and Urology;

Physicians of Kaunas Clinics requested Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute to fund Ukrainian citizen's K.M.'s treatment in Lithuania. The Fund paid 1,351.07 Eur for radiation therapy.

The Fund paid 3,025.00 Eur for genetic screening of 1 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. It‘s aim is to help Lithuanian doctors to detect the hystology of the tumor, to foresee the progress of the disease and to individualize the treatment.

The Fund has donated 1,500.00 Eur to the Lithuanian Children's oncology and Haematology Therapists Fellowship.

For the past three months, Rugute was also covering the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home, the only facility in Lithuania that provides temporary accommodation to the young cancer patients and their family members, free of charge. 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. The total maintenance cost of Rugute's Home in December, January and February was 4,995.33 Eur.

On the 12th of December, 2019, five friends from Sweden arrived to Lithuania to continue on a beautiful Christmas tradition. They brought gifts to children with oncological diseases. Every time I come to Lithuania and meet those sweet children, I realize how lucky and fortunate I am. There are people arround us that have not been so lucky. I am happy to be able to provide at least a little happiness to them, - says Stefan Essperson, one of the beginners of this support campaign.

We are very grateful to our dear donors of GlobalGiving, who do not hesitate to contribute to the well-being of the little oncology patients in Lithuania. Thank you for thinking of us, and for being there for our children.

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Helping to heal for the past 15 Years!

Before our footsteps have even left the meadow, the curtain of autumn crashes down, and the wildflowers fade and fall still yearning to dance in the remaining rays of sunshine. You are barely aware of the first refreshing drops of dew before they freeze, carving your cheeks with frostbite. Dawn breaks and no leaf remains on any tree; overnight, every branch sinks, shouldering the burden of heavy snow. A moment like this could be revelatory; could demonstrate that no one ever taught us how to believe or how to find strength in adversity. We simply found our strength by instinct, and others discovered us to be pillars of support.

Thank you, always, for your continued support!

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Today is the day when we want to say a huge thank you for believing in the little patient and his step into tomorrow. Today is the day when we want to bow for your support to “Rugute's“ ambition to be with doctors and ensure the most adavnced treatment for children with oncological illnesses, to conduct the necessary diagnostic and genetic testing which are not conducted in Lithuania, to provide the needed charity for families and a cozy home-like environment for temporary stay in order to spend time with one‘s family at “Rugute's home“.

Lately, while filling various reports, we are more and more surprised and thankful from our hearts for supporting the “Rugute“ Foundation. It was only together that we could raise:

  •  7 748,38 Eur for medicine and nursing supplies;
  •  3 574,35 Eur for central vein catheters (20 units);
  • 2 515,59 Eur for needles used for central vein catheters (630 units);
  • 738,58 Eur for special infusion systems (60 units) and connectors (200 units);
  • 2 178,87 Eur for oral care products: Caphosol® (9 units) and GUM® AftaClear (184 units);
  • 4 269,00 Eur for buying an arms and legs trainer for D. I.;
  • 1 610,00 Eur for paying for behind-the-ear hearing aid for R. B.;
  • 176,60 Eur for MIC-KEY skin level gastronomy tube (1 unit);
  • 3 025,00 Eur for genetic OncoDEEP & TRACE test conduct;
  • 11 536,91 Eur of charity for A. R.‘s first surgery, two trips, accommodation, meals and other expenses endured during the planned surgery at Gdansk University Clinical Hospital‘s Centre of Children‘s Surgery and Urology;
  • 36 000,00 Eur support for O.V.‘s treatment in the hospital of Köln;
  •  2 013,37 Eur for T. Z.‘s trip to Turkey;
  •  12 110,00 Eur support for basic needs of families;
  •  1 800,00 Eur support for Lithuanian Society of Pediatric Onco-hematologists;
  •  753,06 Eur for buying supplies for Children‘s Hospital, Affiliate of Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, renewal of psychology rooms;
  • 30 000,00 Eur support for Vilnius Chindren‘s Hospital‘s Center for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology for the renovation of patient rooms.

During the first eight months of 2019 the total amount of 120 049,71 Eur was meaningfully spent. We did not include the expenses of: minor supplies for hospital‘s play rooms, supplies for aquarium care, gifts for children, “Rugute's home“ maitenance and realization of other international cooperation projects.

Thank you for being with “Rugute“ Foundation. Thank you for giving sails and favorable wind to children, who are using their endless will and effort to row through the vast and treacherous ocean of illness.

We are certain that this support will help children to reach the safe coast with no hospital wards and procedure rooms as fast as possible and only the straight road to dream realization will lie ahead.

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Report (March, April and May, 2019)

Evaluating the various support provided in the months of March, April and May of 2019, we are pleased to have contributed to the successful treatment of children along with the doctors who treat children’s oncological illnesses.

According to received requests from families of children with an oncological illnesses, the families received monthly or one-time charity, taking into account the importance of the need indicated in the request. The oncological illness of the child affects the financial situation of the family: there is a significant reduction in income, as one of the parents is staying in the hospital with the child and cannot work for a long period of time; in addition, there is also a significant increase in family’s expenses. Other family members are trying to spend as much time as they can with the seriously ill child, and therefore, in cases where the family lives far away from the city where the hospital is located, a lot of money is spent on travel expenses. The Fund provided families with 6,200 Eur for their needs and 3,470 Eur by buying food and nursing equipment.

The Fund provided support A.R. 3,000 Eur for the surgery at Department of Surgery and Urology, for Children and Adolescents, Medical University of Gdansk.

During the months of March, April and May of 2019, the Fund has faced the growing need for medication. Doctors are more and more confident in prescribing advanced, up-to-date treatment protocols that are not State-covered or not supplied in Lithuania at all, but are known for the success in treatment of children in other countries. In order to help the patient A.R., the Fund bought the Temozolomide 100 mg and HYCAMTIN 4 mg and Puri-Nethol 50 mg for 4,430 Eur.

The Fund also purchased the most commonly used mouthwash solutions AftaClear and Caphosol for 1,451 Eur. These solutions help the little patients to get over the most common side effect of chemotherapy – mouth ulcerations that are known to worsen both physical and psychological condition of the sick child. Thanks to these solutions, children are able to eat without suffering too much pain.

Within the past three months Rugute purchased 2 professional blood pressure monitors that will ease the patient care and will allow the nurses to estimate the patients’ condition more precisely. Total cost – 624 Eur.

The Fund also purchased some infusion Cyto set (60 items) that are used to administer medications, physiological fluids and glucose solutions intravenously. We allocated 569 Eur to purchase these systems.

As we have mentioned many times before, it is not only physical treatment that matters, but also emotional and psychological health of the child. When a child is playing, he/she is able to forget the pain he/she has experienced during treatment and medical procedures. After asking of Vilnius Children's Hospital psychologists, we have bought particular things for treatment (1,226 Eur).

A few years ago our Fund contributed to the idea of one of father of a child with oncological disease: to install aquariums at the Children’s Clinic of LSMU (Kaunas University Clinics). The hospital environment causes stress to children and depresses their parents who spent day after day looking after their sick children. It is proven that stress can make treatment less effective. On the other hand, pleasant atmosphere is especially important to children who spent long months being hospitalized. The aquariums are known to create a calming and stress-reducing atmosphere. We allocated 89 Eur to renew the aquariums (to purchase new fish).

Rugute was also able to cover the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home, the only facility in Lithuania that provides temporary shelter to the young cancer patients and their family members, free of charge. This facility is very important to the families that live far away from the hospital, and is especially appreciated by the young cancer patients for its cozy and playful home environment. The total maintenance cost of Rugute's Home in the months of March, April and May was 5,844 Eur.

Rugute has always helped to ensure that a certain type and amount of blood is always available to the children who need blood transfusions. On the 25th of May, Fund Rugute and the public entity Nacionalinis kraujo centras organized the 22th voluntary blood drive Share a Droplet, and invited everybody to donate blood for the sick children. 30 donors donated their blood in the cozy atmosphere of Rugute’s Home.

Every time we look back, we see the change in the lives of the children with oncological diseases, and we know that we would have not done all this without the help we received via GlobalGiving. Thanks to all of the kind people who donate money to our organization via GlobalGiving, more than a hundred families receive assistance in their uneasy fight with malignant diseases. Thank you for your contributions: they make the sick children’s lives better!

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Report (December 2018, January and February 2019)

During the months of December, January and February, Rugute continued its activities and provided various support to children with oncological diseases and families who raise them. Fund also supported the major medical centers where these children are treated.

Within the past three months, the Fundprovided monthly and non-recurring charity to the families who had submitted their requests based on the importance of their needs. Families used this money to purchase necessary medical care and food supplies and to cover other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease (for example, travelling costs). The money also helped the families to improve the psychological well-being of the children. Fund provided 8,174.18 Eur in monetary form and 3.590.30 Eur worth of food products to such families.

The Fund helped to purchase specific medications that are needed by individual childhood cancer patients but are not State-covered or not supplied in Lithuania at all. In order to ensure that the proper treatment is administered to the little patients, the Fund bought:

  • medication Avastin(cost: 3,291.96 Eur);
  •  medication Temozolomide 100 mg and 20 mg (78 items) (cost: 1,622.88 Eur);
  • medication Hycamtin  (18 items) (cost: 338.94 Eur).

The Fund also purchased the most commonly used mouthwash solution Caphosol for 278.02 Eur. This solution helps the little patients to get over the most common side effect of chemotherapy – mouth ulcerations that are known to worsen both physical and psychological condition of the sick child. Thanks to these solutions, children are able to eat without suffering too much pain.

For 10 years, Fund has continued to take care of 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. The total cost of the catheters and special needles for them, purchased by Fund during this particular 3 month time period, was 3,045.93 Eur.

At the end of December the mother of one child asked us if we can buy sport simulator, that the boy could take sport activities at home. We understood that need and bought for 4,269.00 Eur.  

At the January, 2019 Rugute contributed 30,000.00 Eur for renovation of 8 wards for the Children’s Oncohematology Center of Vilnius Children’s Hospital. Childrens have treatment their at least half of the year. After this renovation it will be separate rooms for the children and his relative could be together, to use comfortably the toilet, small kitchen for making like homemade dishes etc.

The Fund has donated 800.00 Eur to the Lithuanian Children's oncology and Haematology Therapists Fellowship.

For the past three months, Rugute was also covering the maintenance costs of Rugute’s Home, the only facility in Lithuania that provides temporary accommodation to the young cancer patients and their family members, free of charge. 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. The total maintenance cost of Rugute's Home in December, January and February was 5,552.26 Eur.

A few years ago our Fund contributed to the idea of Eugenijus Maciukas (father of a child with oncological disease) – to install aquariums at the Children’s Clinic of LSMU (Kaunas University Clinics). The hospital environment causes stress to children and depresses their parents who spent day after day looking after their sick children. It is proven that stress can make treatment less effective. On the other hand, pleasant atmosphere is especially important to children who spent long months being hospitalized. The aquariums are known to create a calming and stress-reducing atmosphere. We allocated 59,24 Eur to renew the aquariums (to purchase new fish).

On the 14th of December, 2018, five friends from Sweden arrived to Lithuania to continue on a beautiful Christmas tradition. They brought gifts to children with oncological diseases. Every time I come to Lithuania and meet those sweet children, I realize how lucky and fortunate I am. There are people arround us that have not been so lucky. I am happy to be able to provide at least a little happiness to them, - says Stefan Essperson, one of the beginners of this support campaign.

Dear Donors of GlobalGiving, thank you for your contributions and for staying in touch with our daily activities. It is so good to know that we are not alone in our fight with malignant childhood diseases. God bless you all!

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Childhood Cancer Fund Rugut

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania - Lithuania
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