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Together for cure ropes progenies living with cancer

Publishing Date : 05 November, 2019

Author : TLHABO KGOSIEMANG

Cancer is a leading cause of death for children and adolescents worldwide. In high-income countries more than 80% of children with cancer are cured, but in many low-middle income countries only 20% are cured.


Sad but true…The reasons for lower survival rates in these countries include an inability to obtain an accurate diagnosis, inaccessible therapy, abandonment of treatment, death from toxicity and excess relapse, in part due to lack of access to essential medicines and technologies addressing each of these gaps improves survival and can be highly cost-effective.


When identified early, cancer is more likely to respond to effective treatment and result in a greater probability of survival, less suffering, and often less expensive and less intensive treatment. Significant improvements can be made in the lives of children with cancer by detecting cancer early and avoiding delays in care. A correct diagnosis is essential to treat children with cancer because each cancer requires a specific treatment regimen that may include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.


In Botswana, there are non-government organizations set up to cater for the welfare and medication of children battling cancer whilst providing support for their families. These organizations are dedicated to the care for children with cancer, and those that have survived cancer. Do children have cancer? You might wonder. Yes, children also have cancer. But fortunately, more importantly, childhood cancer is curable if detected on time and dealt with promptly. So it is only vital to do random check-ups and test for these cancers, and should you suspect something or see the health of your baby deteriorating, rush to the nearest hospital.


Think about how much cancer could cost your family. Cancer does not only impact the person who is ill, but couple relationships, family life and friendships too. Your family’s income, daily routines, taking care of children and many other things have to be reassessed. The emotional and financial costs of cancer are massive. And if it’s a child diagnosed with a serious illness, parents will suffer a devastating experience, often feeling guilty, wondering if there is something they could have done to prevent the illness.


Here in Botswana, these costs are even higher. Many patients travel far distances, some as many as over a thousand kilometres to receive treatment. These patients and their families need even more support for transportation, local accommodation between treatments, purchase of specialised medications, toiletry during long hospitalisations, care for family back at home and much more other exhausting needs.


Avani Gaborone Resort in collaboration with Mosha Wellness Spa and Botswana Family Gems will be hosting an afternoon fundraising event in support of children battling cancer. The event dubbed together for a cure is mandated to honour men, women and children who have been affected by cancer. The main aim is to raise over 750 thousand Pula to be shared between two under-funded organizations dealing with children.


The identified projects are The Tlamela Ngwana fund, created by Global Hope and Botswana Baylot at Princess Marina Hospital which supports children undergoing cancer treatment and their families through an incredibly vulnerable and emotionally, physically, and financially draining time. The money accumulated from the event will also go towards Happy Hearts organization, a joint charity project between Cancer Association of Botswana and Ladies circle Botswana. The two organisations want to build a P3 Million interim home for children undergoing treatment and their caregivers from outside Gaborone.


With problems as large as cancer, many people think ‘’it is just too big’’ and that ‘’I don’t have any way to help’’. But you can, so it is only vital that you get together for a cure. Your money will make a big impact on the lives of the men, women and children affected by cancer- and their families.

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