US$22,830Donated So Far
Receiving the news that a child has been diagnosed with cancer is absolutely heartbreaking for any parent, family member, or friend. The child and the rest of the family are shocked, saddened, frightened, and wondering how they will rearrange their lives around this devastating news. Not only does a cancer diagnosis turn a child’s entire world upside down, but overwhelming medical expenses can add an enormous amount of financial stress on families.
In addition to treatments, other costs such as food, lodging for a parent while the child is in hospital, and transportation to and from Guadalajara add to quickly mounting stacks of medical bills. Usually, there are other children to care for. While one parent is staying with the hospitalized child, the other parent struggles to care for the rest of the family.
Aid to Families of Children With Cancer is an organization that supports 18 families who have a child diagnosed with cancer in the Puerto Vallarta region. The organization receives no government funding, so it relies solely on donations from private donors, corporate sponsors, community organizations, and fundraisers. No volunteers receive a salary, so all money donated goes directly to the families of children with cancer.
Some of the services Aid to Families of Children With Cancer provide:
- Daily food and essentials for each family – protein items a necessity for strength
- Money to buy medicines – daily prescriptions are expensive
- Limited financial assistance to families who travel to Guadalajara for treatments – helping to pay for a parent to stay and meals (can be from 3 days up to a month)
- Social events for entire immediate family
- Scholarships for the child with cancer
- Required school uniforms
- Buying refrigerators, stoves, furniture such as beds, tables, and chairs
- and much more!
Let’s do what we can to help these families in need so they can focus on the most important thing...getting their child the treatments they need and on the track towards being healthy. You can donate to help cover medicines, food and many of the other requirements for these 18 families.
We appreciate any help or contribution, no matter how big or small! If possible, please share our campaign link on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and with your friends. We will keep you posted on the use of funds and the progress of the children going forward.
A Perfect end to 2021!Update posted by Glenda Bland at 02:40 pm
A fantastic end to a tough year! Thanks to some wonderful donors, we delivered a car packed full of clothes, towels, bedding, and toys for the families. We also provided the money needed for six children to go back and forth to Guadalajara in January. Despensas will be distributed on
Our challenges are small compared to theirs!Update posted by Glenda Bland at 05:07 pm
What must go through a five or six-year-old’s mind when they are told they have to have a CT scan? They see a giant machine (compared to their little bodies) with a hole that they will be moved into. Many of you have had a CT scan as an adult,. . . . .
AFCC - supporting the children with education, emotional support, and recreational programsUpdate posted by Glenda Bland at 04:51 pm
AFCC is committed to meet the ever-evolving needs of not only our children with cancer but their entire families. And thanks to your support, we’ve been able to help 22 families through these challenging times. We work with medical professionals and families to ensure their needs are being met. In. . . . .
Keep the families safe!Update posted by Glenda Bland at 03:25 pm
Sorry – no current photos! Just when we thought things were getting better and we could plan some events with the children and a fundraiser, the COVID cases started rising again. The families can no longer meet to collect their despensas, so we had to devise another solution. And Aurora’s. . . . .
Some summer fun for the ChildrenUpdate posted by Glenda Bland at 03:11 pm
The children have been busy going to treatments in Guadalajara and getting ready to return to school. Carlos is traveling three times each month and is responding well to his treatment. He’s started on a new diet plan. We hope that the treatments and diet will help him get better. . . . .
June Dispensas and School Meetings - a positive week!Update posted by Glenda Bland at 04:14 pm
June despensas were delivered to very grateful families. We are now supporting 25 families! They all send their thank you’s and want everyone contributing to these to know how much the despensas help their families eat healthy and quality food. The families have also had school meetings this past week,. . . . .
Children's Day and birthday celebrations - belated but so much fun!Update posted by Glenda Bland at 08:32 pm
Each of the children is continuing their long journeys towards better health. For some, it’s been a matter of taking a few steps back before starting forward again. For some of the others, it’s a long, slow process when it doesn’t seem as if any progress has been made. Esme. . . . .
Luis Alberto - greeting cards now available!Update posted by Glenda Bland at 04:54 pm
Luis Alberto is a budding artist with a dream to attend college. Last year, he had surgery to remove a stent that was put in place when he had a cancerous tumor removed three years ago. Following that surgery, he lost the ability to walk as one foot is now. . . . .
What a wonderful morning with the AFCC familiesUpdate posted by Glenda Bland at 05:13 pm
We met at Costco to distribute dispensas. Look at all of the wonderfully healthy food they received! A million thank you’s to everyone who donated to make these food packets available to the families. Yesterday was the first time in just over a year that I met up with some. . . . .
Introducing Regina - 7 years oldUpdate posted by Glenda Bland at 04:36 pm
Here’s Regina – she’s only seven years old and spent most of this past year in the hospital. Regina was diagnosed with a malignant high-grade posterior brain tumor (fossa tumor Emendymoma grade III) in December of 2019. She had surgery but it isn’t possible to operate a 2nd time because. . . . .