Childhood cancer awareness: many types are curable

2018-02-15 06:01
=Priscilla Potgieter (Ambassador for Cupcakes of Hope – Eastern Province), Emaleigh Bosch and Aimée Cloete at the previous Cupcakes for Hope held in Uitenhage. Emaleigh and her family popped by to say hello and buy some cupcakes. She was a beneficiary of Cupcakes of Hope a few years ago.   Photos:SUPPLIED

=Priscilla Potgieter (Ambassador for Cupcakes of Hope – Eastern Province), Emaleigh Bosch and Aimée Cloete at the previous Cupcakes for Hope held in Uitenhage. Emaleigh and her family popped by to say hello and buy some cupcakes. She was a beneficiary of Cupcakes of Hope a few years ago. Photos:SUPPLIED

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Today, February 15th, is International Childhood Cancer awareness day with the message that many types of childhood cancer are curable.

This is if it is detected early through proper diagnosis; if the child has access to life-saving essential medicines; and if the child receives appropriate and quality medical treatments.

In support of childhood cancer, the national Cupcake Day 4 Kids With Cancer is held annually in September. This year it will be the 8th edition to be held on the 29th.

Funds raised go to Cupcakes of Hope which in return donate them to beneficiaries like Reach for A Dream and also towards paying for the medical bills of young cancer patients.

Cupcake day in Uitenhage

Those baking cupcakes are referred to as Cupcake Angels and the only requirements are that the cupcakes had to be baked with love.

A Cupcake Day 4 Kids With Cancer was held last year in Uitenhage and a total of R30 000 was raised.

“We wish to thank the public for their tremendous support and also a big thank you to all the sponsors and Cupcake Angels who made the event possible.

This year we will once again host a Cupcake Day during September,” said Deisre Cloete, the convener of the local Cupcake Day 4 Kids With Cancer.

Early warning signs

. Does the child have unexplained recurring fevers? Has his/her vision changed suddenly? Is the child constantly tired and noticeably pale?

. Loss of weight or sudden loss of appetite? Have you noticed a lump on his/her head, neck, chest, tummy, groin, limbs, glands or armpits?

. Are his/her bones, joints, back or legs swollen and painful? Does the child frequently have headaches and early-morning vomiting? Is his/her head abnormally large?

. Has the child’s behaviour changed? Has his/her balance or way of walking changed?

. Has the child sustained a fractured bone with very little force or trauma?

  • Please visit the website www.cupcakesofhope.org for early warning signs or if you would like to become a Cupcake Angel or to host a Party of Hope. (-HEILIE COMBRINCK)

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