“He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.”

-Proverbs 19:17

 

 

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.