Toi Dong Hanh, or ‘I accompany’, a fundraising campaign jointly held by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and Eco Pharma has made it their mission to deliver Lunar New Year gifts to needy Vietnamese children diagnosed with cancer.
Four-hundred gifts were delivered to young cancer patients at the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, and K Hospital in the hope of bringing joy to these sick youngsters ahead of the upcoming Tet holiday season.
Chicken soup for the soul
For the two whole days, from January 5 to 6, the pain of tolling cancer treatment sessions seemed to disappear from the young cancer patients at the three hospitals.
These were the two days these young children were able to take a break from the pain of daily life and experience a bit normalcy.
Tang Thi Thao, a long-time resident in the hospital, wept with happiness when she received a cake on her third birthday on January 1.
Similarly, five-year-old Minh Anh, was overwhelmed with happiness when she got the present on her wish list: a cooking utensil toy set.
“I love cooking very much! Now that my wish has come true, I am so grateful!” Anh said.
For a once jubilant schoolgirl who has been so gloomy since her hospital admission the gift does has done wonders.
“My friends also wished me quick recovery. I miss my school, and my classmates so much,” she shared.
Nguyen Thi Hoa, 8, was exhausted before the gifting session as she had just finished her treatment. But the fatigue seemed to fade the moment she was presented with the pair of shoes she had yearned for.
“Now I have what I need to enjoy Lunar New Year to the fullest!” Hoa cheerily commented.
Stake for a brighter future
Tran Thanh Luan, deputy head of Hope and Belief club, who has for years shared his life accompanying young cancer patients, revealed a permanent blanket of sadness seems cast over the hospital.
“Though their wishes amount to little, their parents have invested everything for them so small gifts are hard to come by,” Luan starkly admitted.
Many fathers and mothers could not hold back their tears, as their children simply wished for “a better health.”
But save for the children, anyone can comprehend that their path ahead is arduous and perilous to no end.
“That’s why catering to them, bringing back lost smiles on their hopeful faces, is the happiness of all us contributors,” Luan affirmed.