Chantha’s Cancer Battle

Update posted by CHRIS RUTH LAO-KIDS On Jun 24, 2016

At last some good news!!


Chantha was told today that she does not need the extra 2 chemotherapy treatments. She is staying in hospital in Chiang Mai for a further 2 weeks to ensure her blood counts are stable, then will go home.


Of course she will need to return to hospital regularly for check-ups, but her treatment stage is over and her healing stage now begins.


We are all looking forward to hearing that she is gaining strength and heading towards many more years of a fabulous life.


Thank you to everyone who sent well-wishes and positive thoughts to Chantha during this very difficult time.


And of course HUGE THANKS to all of you who donated to help with the enormous costs faced by Chantha and her family for this treatment. Each and every one of you is directly responsible for the success of her treatment.

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Dear Chantha, That is the BEST news. Keep on your road to recovery one day at a time. Thinking of you with love and best wishes Clare (from Australia)

Clare Tobey

Update posted by Jun 24

Update posted by CHRIS RUTH LAO-KIDS On May 02, 2016

Chantha is off to Thailand again at the end of the week for further treatment.... but even more important is that she is going to have a PET scan to check the progress of the treatment so far. Please everyone send your positive thoughts and love for a great outcome of the scan!

Update posted by CHRIS RUTH LAO-KIDS On Apr 27, 2016

To all the wonderful people who are supporting Chantha’s cancer treatment…. Another brief update.

Chantha is currently in Chiang Mai having her 4th chemotherapy treatment. She finds that each treatment makes her feel ill for a couple of weeks, and then by the third week after treatment she starts to feel a bit better and is able to eat and sleep quite well.

She is remaining positive and is still in awe of how many people “out there” are supporting her and sending her well-wishes.

Chantha is still very keen to take control of fighting her cancer while she is able, and is cooking and eating the various food supplements and chia seeds and quinoa Ruth and others have provided her. She has even taught her husband and mother how to prepare the food for her too!

We printed out all of the get-well messages from supporters and gave them to her. She still keeps them with her all the time and reads them when she feels a bit sad and needs something to help her smile. If you would like to send more messages to her, we will keep checking for comments on the “Backers and Comments” page of this site. Or you can also send us an email to Lao Kids ([email protected]). We will pass all of them on for you.

So again… a huge thanks to everyone who donated towards her treatment. You really are life-savers!

Update posted by CHRIS RUTH LAO-KIDS On Mar 15, 2016

Chantha was rushed to hospital on Monday in extreme pain. Of course, we were very worried for her.

The good news is that the hospital got the pain under control and she is feeling much better. They suspect the previous chemotherapy dose was a bit high as she is so tiny.

She returned to LP today and Ruth and Chris went to see her. She appeared very bright and chirpy and had been eating and sleeping better since the pain reduction. Her weight has remained steady (around 50kg which is still well below her normal weight), and the best news of all is that there has been a measurable decrease in the size of her tumours.

She is very keen to personally take control of fighting the cancer while she is able, and has embraced cooking and eating the various food supplements and chia seeds and quinoa we've provided her.

So keep sending those messages of support to her... we print them out and she says she reads them over and over again when she is lying in bed.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraising. If you know of others who would also like to help, they can also do so via the www.lao-kids.org web site as we lose less in commission that way.

Many thanks, Ruth and Chris

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Dear Chantha, I read with great interest the news updates from Ruth and Chris, and am delighted to hear that you are more comfortable now. I’d love to be able to bring you across a nice big box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts - you’d really stack on the weight then! Stay resilient and strong, surrounded by your family and friends. We think of you often. Warm regards, David West.

David West

Update posted by Mar 16

Update posted by CHRIS RUTH LAO-KIDS On Mar 10, 2016

Chris and Ruth want to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who have responded to this campaign to help Chantha pay for her cancer treatment. We are humbled by the response the campaign has received.

We took a print-out of all of the messages from supporters to Chantha last Wednesday and she was overwhelmed by the kindness being shown to her. She said she would keep the document with her and read it when she feels a bit sad and needs something to help her smile. We will keep checking for comments from her supporters and will print them out and send all of them on to her.

However, since Chantha's first trip to hospital, we have discovered that each dose of chemotherapy, which is administered over 3 days, costs more than US$3000. Then there are the costs of the x-rays, PET scans, hospital room, other medicines etc. Plus the round trip airfares are about US$350 per person.

It's a huge total figure... but how do you measure the value of life?

As a result, we have now increased the target amount of this campaign to US$10,000.

Update posted by CHRIS RUTH LAO-KIDS On Mar 03, 2016
Chantha has just completed her 2nd session of chemotherapy in Chiang Mai, Thailand and is due back home today. It's early days yet, but the doctors are very pleased with how she is doing.

The messages people left when making their donations are being printed out and given to Chantha. She is completely amazed that people want to help her with her treatment.

Please keep sending your positive thoughts for her ongoing treatment and continued health.

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Sending you lots of love Chantha, may the help of family and friends help you through this testing time. Maggie ( Noy’s sponsor)

Margaret Kirkaldie

Update posted by Mar 04

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That’s wonderful news. Chanta’s personal resilience, and faith, together with good medical treatment, will see her win the day.

David West

Update posted by Mar 03

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I wish you will get well soon. As a cancer survivor myself, my best advice I can give to you is to always remain positive - this is a very curable disease and many millions/billions have gone through before you. You can do it!

Wilson Loo

Backed with $100.00 On Jun 19, 2016

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With love from Chris and Connie, looking forward to seeing you this New Year again.

Connie Potter

Backed with $105.00 On May 03, 2016

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Dear Chantha, I only just heard about your illness. I hope all the love and support from your friends across the world shows how much we care about you and want you to get better, and helps you keep strong. If anyone can win against this cancer, you can! You are an amazing, wonderful woman - my hero. You have the kindest, biggest heart in all of Laos and I miss your beautiful smile so much. I hope you will be smiling more soon, and looking like a young teenager again... remember? Bob and I will keep donating for your treatment, but if there is anything else we can do to help you or the Library please, please tell us. Love from Anya and Bob

Anya Dettman

Posted On Apr 29, 2016

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To our dear friend Chantha The Tassie crew got together and organised a charity fundraiser golf day for you last Sunday. We had a great day and managed to raise a few dollars for you! We all send our very best wishes - Nic & Pam, Jimmy & Rebecca, Gareth, Allan, Andrea & Bob, Brenda, Peter & Karen, Bec, Tracey & Pip.

Nic Smith (and the Tassie crew!)

Backed with $1570.00 On Apr 18, 2016

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