2021: Each September Madeleine Vlok and her family host an online fundraiser to support CANSA’s TLC Programme and children affected by cancer.
Funds raised in 2021 will help CANSA TLC afford life changing medical port-a-cath and broviac implants, as well as critical nutrition packages for South African paediatric cancer patients. We appreciate each and every donation! Together we can make a difference!
A message from Madeleine:
“We hope you are healthy and doing well! The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our global way of life, and still does. Sadly, amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, some lives are also impacted by paediatric cancer. As a family, we would like to support these families, and help them to see that they are not in this fight alone. Our family’s 9th Annual Paediatric Cancer Fundraiser / Campaign will run from the 1st – 30th September 2021. Our theme this year: ‘Never Alone’.
(Port-a-cath and broviac implants are only provided to children / teens by CANSA TLC, based on Paediatric Oncologist requests)
Why Raise Money For Port-a-Cath and Broviac Implants:
We are raising funds specifically for the purchase of lifesaving port-a-cath and broviac implants, for kids who are not covered by medical aids, to be used by young cancer patients in South Africa. A child with a port will experience less needle pricks and the obstacle of finding a vein will be removed.
What is a Port-a-Cath?
A port (or port-a-cath) is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein. Under the skin, the port has a septum through which medicine can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for the patient than a more typical “needle stick”.
This is a lifesaving device for a cancer patient, during regular chemotherapy sessions, but also in cases of emergency, where doctors might need to administer medicine / fluids quickly.
Most chemotherapy patients struggle with the “health” of their veins during their treatment thus making it very difficult to access the veins sometimes. The port-a-cath makes it quick and efficient to access veins directly.
- Baby Jess benefits from broviac during cancer treatment…
- James – long-term treatment more bearable with broviac implant…
Help Save a Young Life and Make Treatment Easier:
All funds will be earmarked for and received by CANSA’s TLC Programme. No donation is too small to make a difference and donations will add up to cover the costs of these lifesaving ports. The cost of a port in South Africa is approximately R4 500, including port needles for the duration of treatment. The cost of a paediatric nutrition package is R350.
About the Vlok Family Fundraiser for CANSA’s TLC Children
Madeleine Vlok and family raise funds to support awareness and care & support for those who have been affected by Childhood Cancer, every year, during September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
2021 – this is the 9th year they have created an online fundraising page where online donations can be made securely and paid directly to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) in aid of its TLC Programme which supports children / teens and families affected by cancer.
Says Madeleine, “We thank you for donating towards our fundraiser. No child or family should have to face cancer on their own…”
3 December 2021 – Vera van Dalen (CANSA TLC):
“Making a difference and offering support is a privilege. Over the years CANSA TLC has reached out to childhood cancer units, offering support in various ways.
One way is by helping with ports and broviacs, knowing that if it is handled correctly and taken in a sterile manner, that it can reduce the trauma of multi-needle pricks and drive away fears and tears.
Many children fighting cancer are benefitting from these products.
We hope that some kids at Charlotte Maxeke and Dr George Mukhari hospitals will experience the benefit of our recent support offering and donations. Thank you to our valued supporters in this regard, especially the #vlokfamily, who raised R410 000 through their fundraising efforts this year. The Vlok’s have raised a total of R2.7 million for CANSA TLC from 2013 to 2021!”
About CANSA’s TLC Programme
CANSA TLC (Tough Living with Cancer) is a programme for children and teens diagnosed with cancer or affected by cancer (a family member has cancer). Support is provided to the family as a whole.