World Cancer Day 2022: FFTP Brings Relief to Children with Cancer in Honduras
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2022) For children and their families, a cancer diagnosis is frightening enough. But in Honduras, the reality is even worse due to a lack of medical care.
Today, as the world commemorates World Cancer Day, Food For The Poor with the help of in-country partner CEPUDO and the Honduran Foundation for Children with Cancer is gearing up to open The Medical Center for Children with Cancer on March 4. It is the first of its kind in Honduras.
The Medical Center for Children with Cancer’s main objective is to maximize the quality of life of patients by incorporating new procedures to support cancer treatment, including the palliative care of children through pain management. The center will also offer instruction to parents and relatives on how to care for their children at home, based on the idea that children can return home and rejoin the family.
Sabrina Diz, the FFTP project manager for Honduras, projected that the center will serve dozens of children every month from all over Honduras.
“We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this initiative; now children may receive care in a warm and friendly setting,” Diz added.
Located in the Alameda neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, the four-story, 12-bed facility, spans 13,027 square feet and will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. A specialized team of professionals will be dedicated to children’s unique medical, psychological, and developmental needs, from diagnosis to treatment.
Honduran Foundation for Children with Cancer President Nubia Zuniga, in a video message, recognized the great importance this project represents to Honduran children and their families.
“It will enable patients to receive their therapies more quickly,” Zuniga said. “Thank you for your support, Food For The Poor. Because of you, we will be able to save more children’s lives. May God continue to bless you.”
FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine and several members of the community, including young patients and their families, will attend the inauguration.
“In the countries we serve, medical treatment and care are not always available. I’m delighted we were able to support this center,” Raine said. “Thanks to our donors, this gift will make a major difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families.”
Local artist, Erick, whose 8-year-old son, Camilo, is a cancer patient, graced one side of the building with a painted mural of children.
“It is a tribute to the children and a way to give thanks to the people working in the health field,” Erick said. “We know that the foundation supports a lot and helps a lot. They have become part of our families.”
To watch a video about the mural, please visit: youtu.be/YkFce8HKhx0
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.