Spirit of Joy

HELPING CHILDREN WITH CANCER BY SUPPORTING THE PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY-ONCOLOGY UNIT (UHOP FOR ITS ACRONYM IN SPANISH) IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL, LA PAZ, BCS

Spirit Of Joy LogoSince 2003, even before LCCF’s birth as registered non-profit, we had sent 4 children to receive cancer treatment to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls and 50 more to the Sinaloa Pediatric Hospital in Culiacán, Mexico.

In June 2012, the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit was created in Salvatierra General Hospital in La Paz, thanks to LCCF’s initiative and financial support. After 10 years of helping local children with cancer get treatment in the most difficult circumstances, we are proud to have contributed greatly to the reality that they can now get well very close to home.

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Local Organizations Supported 2016-2017
Dollars Invested in 2016
Children Benefited in 2016

SUPPORTING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WITH A FOCUS ON CHILDHOOD CANCER

Sudcalifornia Contra el Cáncer Infantil

Their goal is to support children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer through their recovery and improve their quality of life, by acquiring chemotherapy and other medication, medical supplies and equipment and social support like transportation.

Population Cancer Registry in B.C.S.

Albergue Casa Valentina

As a consequence of the beginning of the Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Unit at Salvatierra Hospital, Casa Valentina opened its doors in the city of La Paz, providing food and lodging to children and their families. LCCF joins BCS DIF and Solmar Foundation this year in the effort to support the comprehensive care of children with cancer.

Benemérito Hospital General con Especialidades Juan María de Salvatierra

CHILDHOOD CANCER

• Cancer is the second cause of death (after accidents) in children worldwide.

• During 2013, cancer was the leading cause of death by illness in Mexican children from 5 to 14 years of age.

• Between 2005 and 2009, Baja California Sur was the Mexican state with the largest relative incidence (new cases) of cancer in children and teenagers.

• 90% of childhood cancer cases are curable if detected early.

• In Mexico, 75% of cancer cases are detected in advanced stages, which reduces survival rates and increases the time and cost of treatment.

• The survival rate for children with cancer in Mexico after 4 years of beginning treatment is 65%. The 4-year rate in developed countries is 80%.

Symptoms Leukemia