The Children who we help.
We support terminally ill children who are living in poverty.
Childhood cancer can only be diagnosed accurately and treated effectively in three major cities where the specialists and facilities are available. Two-thirds of patients come at the late stages of their disease when a cure is no longer possible or can be done only with aggressive and costly treatment. For the remaining one third who present at the early stages, many will forego treatment or will be treated but with high rates of treatment abandonment due to economic reasons. Thus, survival rates are abysmal.
The odds of surviving childhood cancer in developing countries like the Philippines are significantly lower than in developed countries. In developed countries, a child diagnosed with cancer has an 80% chance of surviving. However, survival rates in developing countries can be as low as 10% or less. The families of these children make on average less than 100 dollars a month, and the children have a terminal disease such as cancer.
There are over 3,500 new cases of Childhood cancer in Children under the age of 15 in the Philippines every year. However, it is estimated that only 30% are diagnosed. Less than 20 percent will attain long-term survival because two-thirds of the cases are diagnosed in advanced stages when cure is no longer possible, or can only be achieved using very aggressive and costly treatments, which by the way is only available in large medical centers and which patients cannot afford.
Thus, for the majority of pediatric patients with cancer in the Philippines, no treatment is given, or patients are initially treated but end up abandoning the therapy due to the costly procedures. There is a considerable gap between the rich and the more impoverished patients. The cost of chemotherapy drugs and other supportive medicines remains the primary barrier for the more indigent service patients.
Most of the children we support at Adonai's Mercy House children are afflicted with cancers such as retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells) and lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes). However, we see many other forms of Cancer and childhood illnesses.
We currently focus on children under 14 years of age, the vast majority of our children range from 1 year old to about 11 years old.
You can help us by also donating medical equipment and other needs through our Medical Needs program.
You can also visit our Wall of Memory for those we have lost.
This beautiful little Girl is Reese Tuico and she has Lymphangiomas these are malformations of the lymphatic system characterized by lesions that are thin-walled cysts; these cysts can be macroscopic, as in a cystic hygroma, or microscopic.
The lymphatic system is the network of vessels responsible for returning to the venous system excess fluid from tissues as well as the lymph nodes that filter this fluid for signs of pathogens.
These malformations can occur at any age and may involve any part of the body, but 90% occur in children less than 2 years of age and involve the head and neck.
This beautiful little girl, her name is Leslie Jovial Gurubat and she is 8 years old. Leslie suffers from Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (also called ALL or acute lymphocytic leukemia) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated.
In America an estimated 90% of children with ALL who are treated will survive, yet in places like the Philippines, that number is less than 15%.
Meet Brian Luzano, He is 8 years old, and he has Beta Thalassemia.
Beta thalassemia happens when the gene that controls the production of beta globin is defective. Beta thalassemia can cause anemia ranging from mild to severe and is more common in people of Mediterranean, African, and Southeast Asian descent.
Because his body does not make the proper cells, his condition causes severe symptoms with life-threatening anemia and he requires regular blood transfusions along with blood medication.
This beautiful little girl is Mariel Escobal and she is 10 years old. Marial has Acute Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura which is a rare blood disease that causes blood clots throughout her bod and damages many of her internal organs. years ago this disease was 90% fatal, now with plasma exchanges, this has dropped to 10% but only for those who can afford it.
In the United States and other 1st world countries, children like Mariel would be able to live a long fruitful life by receiving treatment and getting billed later for the cost, however in places like the Philippines, without help treatment for most of these children is impossible.
This beautiful little girl, is Patrixia Gail Gumabay she is four years old and suffers from Ependymoma tumors.
Childhood ependymoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. There are different types of ependymomas. The part of the brain that is affected depends on where the ependymoma forms. The cause of most childhood brain tumors is unknown.
Patricia loves to smile and has a wonderful heart.
This Beautiful Little girl is Althea , she is 9, yrs. old, and has Beta Thalassemia, This is a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to cells throughout the body.
In people with beta thalassemia, low levels of hemoglobin lead to a lack of oxygen in many parts of the body. If not treated properly thalassemia leads to Iron overload and infection in the Body, it causes bone deformities and enlarges the spleen, finally left untreated can causes congestive heart failure and lead to death.
I want to introduce you to a very special little girl, this is Princess Ivy De Guzman. We have had the pleasure of knowing this beautiful little girl for a few years now.
Princess has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell).
This beautiful little girl is Moon Rose Cortez, and she is seven years old. Moon Rose loves life and enjoys bringing smiles to people’s faces; she loves to laugh and be a kid.
Moon Rose has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL, like so many of the children we help support here at Adonai’s Mercy House, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is when too many stem cells become lymphoblasts, B lymphocytes, or T lymphocytes.
The cells do not work like normal lymphocytes and are not able to fight infection very well. These cells are cancer (leukemia) cells.
This Handsome little man is Vince Darren Sesno, he is 6 years old. Vince has acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ALL. This is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated.
Vince is a typical 6 year old, he loves life and says he dreams a lot about different things, he really likes school because he has friends, and enjoys playing with the other kids. Vince doesn’t like cancer, it makes him feel sick and he would rather play with his friends.
This handsome young man is John Joric Dean A. Regala, he is 7 years old. Joric has lymphocytic leukemia.
Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. White blood cells help your body fight infection. Your blood cells form in your bone marrow. In leukemia, however, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells. These cells crowd out the healthy blood cells, making it hard for blood to do its work. In acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, there are too many of specific types of white blood cells called lymphocytes or lymphoblasts. ALL is the most common type of cancer in children.
Joric loves his family especially his sister, Christel Marey S. Serrano. He loves to laugh and watch cartoons, he is a typical four year old fighting extraordinary circumstances.
This beautiful little girl is Angel Rasilan, and she is 14 years old.
I want to introduce you an amazing little boy,, his name is Ian Gabriel Jumantoc, and he is 14 years old.
I want to introduce you an amazing little girl, her name is Samantha and she is 4 years old. Samantha has Retinoblastoma, which is a cancer of the eyes,
Retinoblastoma is a cancer that starts in the retina, the very back part of the eye. It is the most common type of eye cancer in children.
I want to introduce you to Frank Archy D. de Dios, he is a fun loving, happy, six year old little boy. Franky was 4 years old when he was diagnose with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
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