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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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Programs Supported 2017-2018
USD Investment for 2017-2018
Estimated Children to be Benefited in 2017

SUPPORTING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WITH A FOCUS ON CHILDHOOD CANCER

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit (UHOP)

In 2003, when LCCF began, children with cancer in Baja California Sur were treated in the state of Sinaloa and even outside the country thanks to the management of the foundation and allied associations. For this reason, in 2012 Dr. Eduardo Altamirano moved from Sinaloa to begin treating children in the city of La Paz. In 2013, the UHOP is born, providing them with quality service near their home and family and managing to save lives through timely diagnosis. The constant training of the whole team that makes up the UHOP is key to continually providing the quality service that was recognized throughout the accreditation process of the program with the Seguro Popular in 2014. This allows them to have access to federal funds and ensures attention to our younger ones that require it. LCCF continues to support UHOP with training for staff members.

Sudcalifornia Contra el Cáncer Infantil, A.C.

SudCCaI supports children with cancer throughout the state, who receive treatment at the UHOP of Salvatierra Hospital, with transportation and medication, as well as supporting the UHOP with the necessary supplies and equipment for its operation. LCCF supports SudCCaI with funds for the acquisition of any additional medicines and supplies for UHOP.

Casa Valentina Shelter

Casa Valentina is a shelter in which the children, patients of the UHOP of Salvatierra Hospital, and their relatives or caregivers can stay during their treatments. Inside the shelter they receive, in addition to accommodation, daily food, occupational workshops and psychological therapies at no cost. LCCF supports ACV with funding for the various programs that benefit the occupants.

Fundación Mark, I.A.P.

Fundación Mark is an organization dedicated to the construction of play centers within the pediatric oncology units of different public hospitals in the country. This year they propose to start with a project to build a recreation space within Salvatierra Hospital and LCCF will support with funds for the equipment of the play center.

Registro de Cáncer de BCS, A.C.

The project to make a cancer population registry in the state of BCS began in 2016. It was created in order to have a clearer picture of cancer incidence within the state, as well as to highlight which communities have a higher rate, and to be able to create statistics that will help us in the future to have more knowledge about the conditions that favor the presence of this disease, its treatment, and possible prevention. In 2016, LCCF supported with funds that allowed the start-up and fulfillment of the project, however, it is not until April 2017, with the approval of the Reform to the General Health Law that establishes the creation of the National Cancer Registry, that the project succeeds in taking shape and structure.

Amigos de los Niños de Cabo San Lucas, A.C.

ADLN operates free eye sight, hearing and dental clinics for children in Los Cabos, as well as supporting children in special cases of illness, such as cancer. It has been an ally of LCCF, since our founding, to support children with cancer and congenital heart defects.

PROGRAM STATISTICS

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