Did you know that September marks the International Blood Cancer and childhood cancer awareness month? On this month, we all come together to create and raise awareness towards prevention for leukemia and the different cancers that are common in children. We also honor the children by raising funds to support them and their families. Jimia Yusuf of FadlCarda paints a beautiful picture of how she celebrates this month.
On the 29th of September, every year for the last four years, the FadlCarda Leukaemia Foundation comes together to put a smile on the faces of little champions battling cancer. They do this in pediatric wards around Kenya, including that of Kenyatta National Hospital. In addition to putting a sparkle on the kid’s faces, they go the extra mile and involve the caregivers to these champions.
What does the team that carries the theme ‘No One Fights Alone’ do? They get the champions assorted toys, warm clothes, drawing books, colors, crayons, and storytelling to make them smile because a smile a day keeps cancer away:-). They also get the children’s caregivers toiletries, sanitary towels, lesos, slippers, and other clothes. The supplies are essential because the caregivers often spend most if not all, their time with the champions in the hospital. They also bring additional supplies such as wheelchairs and drip stands.
The annual event is named Tabasamu 4 Cancer; Tabasamu is a Swahili word meaning smile. Unique as the name, they also think about the spiritual needs of the champions as they spend their days in the hospital without frequent access to a mosque. They provide the Muslim heroes with translated Qurans and Tasbihs for prayer! How beautiful! Water is also supplied in plenty as it goes a long way in minimizing the fatigue and constipation caused by chemotherapy. It also protects their kidneys from the toxic waste buildup caused by cancer drugs.
The Tabasamu 4 Cancer Kids 2019 account on M-Changa made it possible for the FalCadra family to come together and put smiles on the champion’s faces. Over the two months, the Tabasamu initiative was able to raise KES. 68,772 through their 77 amazing supporters.
You may wonder how possible it is to raise this amount in a short time; Jimia’s creativity made it possible. Her creative challenges spanned over different days of the week helped in hitting the goals for various items on their wish list. Some of the challenges include the Flush toxins na finje, Tabasmu na finje, and the 50 and 10 bob challenge. All these were shared and supported through Jimia’s constant posts on her Facebook page.
Creating awareness plays a huge role in the prevention of leukemia and the different cancers affecting both children and adults. Stay tuned for Tabasamu 4 Cancer Kids-2020 because rieng ni kufight cancer!
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