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Nearly 450 million children live in Africa. Yet, in the entire continent, there are only four specialist children’s hospitals – compared to about 20 in the UK.
Childhood cancer is on the rise in Southern Africa. According to recent figures from the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation:
In addition, Sub Saharan Africa suffers from widespread poverty. It has the highest rate of child mortality on the planet: one in nine African children die before the age of five.
The state-of-the-art Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will help change these stark statistics. Providing cutting-edge paediatric services, its oncology unit will deliver specialist care for children with cancer in South Africa and across the continent.
We love to make kids smile and laugh. Their bright eyes give us life and you’re here because you believe in the power of childhood play. Giving your time to sick children is one of the most generous gifts you can give. The Lumu Community Based Organisation provides quality of life experiences to children with cancer through our renown play therapy programs, with the help of volunteers like you. Through play-oriented programs like Queen for a Day and Hero for a Day, we bring smiles, laughter, and distraction to hospitalized children.
Joining the network of For a Day chapters provides a support circle of experience, positive reinforcement, education, and momentum. We invite you to explore what it means to become a Lumu Community Based Organisation Local Chapter Director.
Cancer affects one in every 300 hundred boys and one in every 333 girls before the age of twenty, leading to a large population of children with cancer. The incidence for childhood cancer is highest in the first year of life, when a child’s physical and emotional being is at its most delicate stage. Just as cancer spans color spectrum, socio-economic status, geographic location, race, gender, and all other classifiers, so do our services.
Diagnosis and treatment can overwhelm a family, forcing them to forget that patient is still a person. A mother who was crying at a LCBON Cancer Therapy party because she had forgotten about the little girl behind the disease best exemplifies this point. She said since the diagnosis, she had only been able to see her daughter as a child with cancer. The QFAD party showed her that her daughter was still a little girl—her little girl. Numerous patients have undergone a personality transformation during LCBON Cancer Therapy events. From being tired and shy, to dancing and sharing their new make-over with anyone in sight, children revel in the joy of their youth.
The nature of our programs is simple – but our vision extends well beyond a simple hospital visit.
We serve communities through a national network of local chapters. Each local chapter is led by a Local Chapter Director, who is appointed by LCBON through an application process. To learn more about this opportunity, keep reading.