Overall expenses for Palliative program of Tabletochki foundation in October-November 2019 made $21688 (December is not included in the report as far as by now 4th quarter 2019 report is not ready because of the obvious time reasons).
We purchased medicines, medical equipment and consumable materials for $6809, we have provided the targeted assistance for $1893, special nutrition - $504, we paid for funeral services $1719, presents, home help and other expenses - $5037. Administrative expenses of the foundation in July-August 2019 made $1926.
Psychological support plays a big role in palliative care that is why we pay a lot of attention to it: we paid for psychology services $3871. In December we launched our third group of physiological support for families who lost their kids from cancer. 10 group meetings are planned as part of this program. There were 5 families on the first meeting - 9 parents and 3 children. The meeting was held by 2 psychologists who talked about the children and how to survive the New Year holidays, when everyone celebrates around. At the meeting, parents, children, volunteers were making New Year's cards, then to sign and give to those who are also waiting for support on the eve of the holiday.
But the most important why we do our palliative program is the dreams of the children and the quality of life to the very end.
Eleven-year-old girl with brain tumor dreamed of a friend - a dog. Recently, the girl felt very bad and her parents found an advertising where they were selling puppies. Mom wrote us that the girl "was screaming from happiness to tears" and she really felt better when she saw puppies.
Parents could not buy such a dog, so the foundation decided to fulfill the girl’s dream. We bought a puppy and everything that is necessary for keeping the dog. Every day, parents send us photos and video where the girl is happy, smiles and thereby pleases her parents. After all, the most important thing is when your child is happy.
Our ward boy of 13 years old with a brain tumor dreamed of a big TV.
The boy was very artistic and before his illness he loved to dance and sing, took an active part in school events. In the center for children with disabilities, he saw a large TV where he could watch cartoons without any difficulties. Also now he can insert a USB flash drive into the TV and read. On a small screen, the boy could not do this.
We realized the dream of the boy and now he watches his favorite cartoons on the big screen.
We know that we cannot help children recover, but we can provide them with a normal childhood until the very end.