Lions Club supports Global HOPE
Your child has cancer. How do you engage a mother who has never heard of cancer and is totally oblivious to its existence? Yet, she has repeatedly sought care for her six-year-old daughter who has been ill for over a month. At first, she is told it’s just malaria, but several weeks later her child is deteriorating. When she finally finds closure – a diagnosis – she is left more confused than at the start of her journey.
All children have the right to live regardless of where they are born…
This is the story of many parents and children in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Sadly, many never find closure. Some families will receive their child’s cancer diagnosis quite late, when a cure has eluded them. Only a few in SSA will come to realize the existence of childhood cancer and live through it. That’s a sharp contrast from the tale in wealthier countries, where cancer has become a household name and the majority of children diagnosed with cancer will live into adulthood. In SSA, several factors underlie this disparity in survival, including a general lack of awareness, shortage of trained health care personnel, unavailability of diagnostic tools, and limited access to drugs and other modalities needed for treatment of cancers.
Fortunately, Global HOPE (Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Excellence), a unique partnership between Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, is working to ensure many more children in SSA survive childhood cancers and blood disorders. Global HOPE’s mission is focused on building capacity to treat these conditions, and we are achieving it by partnering with local ministries of health of several African countries, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and local Lions clubs. Since 2016, more than 8,000 children have been diagnosed and received treatment through Global HOPE. Children and families in one SSA country benefitting are from Malawi.
Dr. Nmazuo Ozuah with a young patient on International Childhood Cancer Day.
In the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe, Global HOPE has helped establish a pediatric hematology-oncology program serving as many as two-thirds of the country’s population. I’m excited to be part of this team of talented and dedicated medical staff working to bring hope to families and ensure that a diagnosis of childhood cancer in Malawi is not a death sentence. The potential for impact here is more than anything I have ever experienced. I am always amazed by the transformation in these children after they have begun treatment. The hope that resonates in their families is indescribable.
One of our goals is to get patients to be children, and when possible, free from the many discomforts and pains associated with cancer. Once they feel better and are able, the children are encouraged to engage in several fun-filled physical and social activities. Watching them play, dance, and be children has been the most rewarding part of my job.
The story of our impact could not be told without recognizing the help we have received from our strategic partners. It takes such strong partnerships and a multidisciplinary-themed approach to ensure we achieve our goals of improving survival of childhood cancer.
In Malawi, Global HOPE has been partnering with LCIF and local Lions to provide nutritional supplementation to children receiving treatment for cancer. More than 70 percent of the children we treat are malnourished at the time of diagnosis. As in many parts of the world, malnutrition is a big challenge, but the impacts get worse when children also get cancer. This becomes even more critical because a child’s nutritional state affects his or her tolerance of treatments received.
In SSA, more than 100,000 children get cancer each year, and currently 90 percent of them die. All children have the right to live regardless of where they are born – and this is the story of Global HOPE.
To learn more about how LCIF and Texas Children’s Global HOPE are partnering to fight childhood cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa, visit lionsclubs.org/GlobalHOPE.
Dr. Nmazuo Ozuah is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist with Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.
Lions Club of Balgowlah supports Harmony Day!
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Lions Club of Balgowlah is now supporting Community Co-Op Northern Beaches.
42 guests joined us at our first free BBQ meal service in Narraweena on Thursday - meat, salads, bread, fruit & a drink - hearty, healthy, wholesome Thank you
for cooking and serving,
for lovely bread,
for an assortment of delicious salads, and the whole team from the Community Co-op and One Meal - It Makes A Difference Inc for planning, preparing, packing, setting up, serving and cleaning up - LEGENDS all of you
Council is calling on Northern Beaches residents to open their pantries and donate spare canned food as well as non-perishable items as part of a food drive from Community Co-op Northern Beaches during the COVID-19 crisis.
In recent weeks Council has worked closely with a number of local support organisations to widely distribute food to those who are vulnerable.
With self-isolation and high levels of job losses and temporary lay-offs, many people and families are currently struggling.
At the forefront of the food drive have been Community Co-op Northern Beaches, who continue to pass on a high volume of items to the likes of The Salvation Army, Mission Australia, The Community Pantry, The Burdekin Association and the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter.
Lions Club of Balgowlah are partnering with Community Co-Op in this project
“In these challenging times it’s great to see so many Northern Beaches residents donating food to support the most vulnerable in our community,’’ said Greg Jones from Community Co-op Northern Beaches.
“Donating just one item of non-perishable food makes a difference.”
Canned food and non-perishable items can include pasta sauce, cereal, muesli bars, biscuits, rice, pasta, cleaning products, toiletries and baby nappies/wipes.
All items need to be in good condition, sealed and within their use by date.
To pass on donations or to volunteer your time, simply join the Community Co-op Northern Beaches Facebook page and become a member.
We did it! Eight Lions clubs combined with Australian Lions Foundation to buy this wheelchair adapted vehicle for Cerebral Palsy Alliance/Kate Agnihotri for Kate's daughter Kareena. The handover was held at Integrity Car Sales and Rentals Brookvale on Wednesday 10th June. Kate said "I was really excited when Lions said they'd help out with the fund raising which means Kareena can get out and about now. We weren't able to do long trips with all of her equipment we had so this makes it easier for me to transport her to medical appointments. It's been life changing."
Kareena, 6, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, quadriplegia, and epilepsy. She is also legally blind and is tube fed.
"The main thing is I want her to feel happy and loved every day. She's a very happy girl, I feel blessed to have her.
She has such an innocent soul and she's changed my life and my perspective."
CEO Cerebral Palsy Alliance Paul Henderson said " It was a nice feeling to be able to do something like that for the family. It will make a huge difference to the mother and the little girl and will make life that much easier for them".
The Lions clubs involved are Balgowlah, Blacktown Ponds, Bondi, Frenchs Forest, Manly, Mosman,Parramatta, and St Ives.
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Dalwood Spilstead Centre
Lions Club of Balgowlah is pleased to supply this information about a wonderful organization we support: Dalwood Spilstead Centre.
95% of brain development occurs in the first 5 years! Children from vulnerable and stressed families are at risk of attention, language, learning and behavioural problems due to poor attachment and stimulation in the early years. These children can later experience school failure, social difficulties and ant-social behaviour.
Research has clearly shown, however, that if families are supported and children receive intensive early intervention services these problems can be alleviated. The Dalwood Spilstead Service provides a unique program which is renowned for its work in assisting these children and their families.
The innovative "Spilstead Model of Early Intervention for Children At Risk" received the NSW Health Award in Primary and Community Care for 2011.
In the tradition of the historic Dalwood Children's Home, the Dalwood Spilstead Service owes its ongoing success to the extended "familiy" of community benefactors and supporters who so generously contribute both their time and finances to help small children in need. We thank them.