Report (September, October and November of 2014)
Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute continues providing financial support to families with children that have been diagnosed with oncological diseases. During the last three months, the Fund provided monthly and non-recurring charity of 15,500.00 LTL to such families. The families used this money to purchase necessary medical care supplies, and were able to cover traveling expenses and other costs that they could not have avoided due to their child’s disease.
The Fund purchased 3 items of central venous catheters for 3,267.00 LTL and 300 items of special needles (to be used with these catheters) for 4,138.20 LTL. Long-term central venous catheters and the special needles are known to improve the psychological well-being of the little children who are undergoing treatment, because they allow them to avoid pain and multiple peripheral catheter insertion into the vein procedures.
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 pains. In order to ease these symptoms, the Fund purchased a quantity of mouthwash solution Caphosol and a quantity of mouth gel Gelclair for 1,869.55 LTL.
The Fund also purchased some infusion and transfusion systems (540 items) that are used to administer medications, physiological fluids and glucose solutions intravenously. We allocated 2,744.28 LTL to purchase these systems.
During the past three months, Fund Rugute has made three children’s dreams come true. We purchased two laptop computers for two little boys who have been spending long months at the hospital. The total cost of the computers: 4,336.00 LTL. Another young cancer patient, Aine, had a dream to own a professional camera and to learn to take photos. The Fund purchased a new camera for Aine (cost – 2,101.31 LTL). The girl shares her first impressions: So unexpectedly, one of my biggest dreams came true! I am very grateful to Rugute for the gift. I am so happy, THANK you! I love my new camera and take pictures of everything I see around me, because I want to learn everything there is to learn about photography.
For the past three months, Rugute was also able to continue 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. This facility is a shelter for 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.
On the 29th of November, Rugute celebrated its 10th anniversary. Looking back at the last decade, we are happy that we have not drifted away from our basic values and principles, and that we have stayed together as one large family. We especially value the gifts we have been receiving from our sponsors, volunteers and other dear people: the unconditional love for little children, the sincere care, the support, believing in Rugute’s ideas and hope.
In order to commemorate our 10th anniversary, we invited everybody to the involuntary blood drive Share a Droplet. 47 donors donated their blood in the cozy atmosphere of Rugute’s home.
A large part of what we have achieved during the last three months is mostly your merit, our dear supporters of GlobalGiving. Your generous donations enabled us to continue working on our successful projects. Many young cancer patients felt better and happier because of you. We want to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your kindness and love.