CHARITY

Christmas gifts for child cancer patients in city

tuoi tre

Updated : 12/22/2012 11:26 GMT + 7

Around 400 child inpatients under cancer treatment at four special hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City were Thursday given gifts on the occasion of Christmas season to spirit them up for recovery.

The event, which is part of the Thuy’s Dreams Program launched by Tuoi Tre Newspaper to help child cancer patients, is financially sponsored by New World Saigon Hotel, Bao Viet insurance company, Prudential, website forum clbcaravan.com, and Hong Phu wedding dress shop with a total donation of VND80 million (US$3,850).

The child patients are now under treatment at Orthopedics Hospital, Children’s Hospital No.2, Oncology Hospital, and Hematology and Blood Transfusion Hospital.

In Hanoi, volunteers also organized festive events on the occasion of the Christmas season to connect sponsors for giving gifts to 200 child cancer inpatients.

Not only having gifts, the inpatients were also taken photographs and Christmas decorations in hospitals, and join writing letters to send to Santa Claus and decorate Christmas hats.

The Thuy’s Dreams Program was launched to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of the 20-year-old girl Le Thanh Thuy, who was bestowed the title of Young Citizen of Ho Chi Minh City to honor her courage. Despite her bone cancer and having a leg amputated, Thuy walked with a stick around the HCMC Oncology Hospital to encourage other cancer patients not to give up hopes.

Other activity belonging to the program includes the Sunflower festival to feature activities such as blood donation, music show, paper folding, writing messages of health on the flowers to patients.