The courage of our children & their parents under challenging circumstances is truly inspiring. Our support and wraparound approach helps them recover more fully and speedily. We also enable them to take home skills for the future.

Behind the scenes of a family Unit:

Part of the St Jude support to needy families with children undergoing treatment for cancer includes infection free accommodation combined with holistic support and care. The family unit provides a family (child and parents) a hygienic place to stay for the child to recuperate and recover in cheerful and comfortable surroundings for the duration of his/her treatment. The unit comprises a bed, a storage space and a shelf. Once admitted they are also given all other vital support – emotional, psychological and psycho-social - necessary for completion of the child's treatment.

A family is admitted to one of the centres after the treating doctor’s recommendation depending upon the severity of disease and the length of a child’s treatment. In addition, a thorough due diligence is conducted by the social workers at the hospital regarding the economic status of the family. A child below the age of 15 years belonging to an economically weaker section of the society is eligible for first admission to a St Jude centre. The family, at the time of admission, then undertakes to abide by a code of conduct established by the organisation. On average, 2 – 3 families stay in a family unit in a year. 

The support of £600 towards sponsorship of a family unit for one year helps St Jude to provide the following services to a family:

  • A cost-free, secure, hygienic place to stay
  • Transport facility to and from the hospitals
  • Clean water, rations and nutritional supplements
  • Educational and recreational activities including yoga, art, music and theatre
  • Psycho-social support with counselling and skill development for parents

With this physical, emotional and psycho-social support, a family completes the child’s treatment, leading to a lower abandonment rate and better childhood cancer survival rate. 

 

Case Study 1

Karan Yuvraj Sonawane

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Case Study 2

Aarti Shellar

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