One important part of my childhood that I vividly remember is boarding the Love Bus to Lungsod ng Kabataan (Children’s City now called Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC)) in Quezon City. Not sure how frequent we went there but what I’m sure of is that my fingers and arm had numerous pricks from regular blood extractions. My blood count was always below the normal range. This routine had me exposed with other pale kids, same as me, who have thinning hair and rough breathing, which my innocent mind has not understood why. Sometimes I’d wondered if the extractions would make my hair thin as well. My mom would allow me to push the “stop” button in front of PCMC just so I would be delighted to see an LED of “Stop Bus” in front to inform the driver that we were getting off.
As a kid, I felt the anxiety that my parents have every time we went to PCMC. As I grew older, I understood that most of the kids I played, while waiting for my turn to be bitten by a hippo (their blades were hidden in puncher like shaped like various animals), have leukemia. It is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow. My parents may have been praying that I won’t have such.
Fast Forward to mid 2000′s
The tallest and biggest among those waiting in line to see Dr. Edwin Rodriguez, a pediatric hematologist, of Cardinal Santos Medical Center, I am yet to seek advise for my rather odd blood count. Instead of leukemia, I was diagnosed to have thalassemia, another blood condition that is. Mine is a minor condition that I’ve learned to live with.
Again, I see children with leukemia and as I’ve casually discussed with Dr. Edwin one time, some of his patients in the province “namamatay ng walang kalaban laban.” Citing that some would not even have the chance to medical heldp after diagnosis, just waiting for their time to be with the Maker. How devastating to see parents trying to mask their emotions from their kids after getting a message that they only have a few months to live.
There are no words that will help comfort these people. Both the kids and parents. As I sit down there, the best I can offer is a silent prayer for strength and for the remainder of their lives to be happy.
Action: Real Love
Social responsibility of institutions like Unilever Foodsolutions and Team Manila will be a big help to kids with cancer through their REAL LOVE campaign. For every 1,000 “likes” in their Facebook page until it reaches 10,000 fans, Uniliver will donate 1,000 sandwiches through Kythe Foundation.
You may also support this cause by getting yourself, your family, and friends a Real Love shirt from Team Manila. Part of the proceeds will also help the cause of Kyther Foundation in helping kids with cancer. These shirts are available in Team Manila branches and online by ordering here –> Men | Women
As we have the opportunities of driving action in this information age, it was the post of Janette Toral that has inspired me to share this with you. Thanks for asking me to spread the word.
I am highly encouraging all of you to support this cause for kids with cancer.
Want to win a limited edition Real Love shirt?
1) Simply complete this sentence: “I will share my love to the kids of Kythe by____________”
2) Send in your answers by commenting on this post.
3) A winner will be chosen based on a comment that best caught my attention that was entered up until midnight of October 11, 2010. Extended until October 12, 2010 :)
4) Winner will be announced on October 12, 2010. October 13, 2010 instead
Best answer wins one (1) Real Love shirt!
Note: Winners need to be within the Philippines only.
Best of all, don’t forget to LIKE this –> http://www.facebook.com/spreadreallove