Enhance for a Chance
Pediatric cancer patients at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital do not have ideal lifestyles. Most of them come from poor socioeconomic backgrounds, and their families struggle just to afford the bus fare to get to the hospital. Cancer already makes these children’s futures bleak, and they need all the medication and care that they can get to fight it. The government does significant work in subsidizing a lot of medications that the children receive, but not all medications can be provided. This is where Revive to Survive has chosen to step in. Providing these lifesaving medications to the patients can enhance their chances of fighting cancer.
Revive to Survive has launched “Enhance for a Chance.” This bold mission will help to provide these life-saving drugs to all pediatric cancer patients at NCI. RTS has been helping patients with this need for several years. We held a successful Gala Dinner Dance Fundraiser in 2013 and raised over $30,000 to provide Neupogen to patients at the NCI in Sri Lanka.
RTS humbly requests that you be part of this mission in providing lifesaving medications to the pediatric cancer patients at NCI. Our goal is to raise $2,000/month to give to the Maharagama Cancer Hospital. These funds will be used to treat the pediatric patients with medications that are not readily funded by the government. Additional funds, if available, would be directed to provide these medications to the cancer units of the Anuradhapura (Northern Province of Sri Lanka) and Karapitiya (Southern Province of Sri Lanka) hospitals.
Your tax-deductible recurring donation of $10 per month or $120 per year will help us reach of goal of donating $2,000 per month to the NCI. We have estimated that with 200 donors per year, we will be able to achieve our monthly donation goal to the National Cancer Institute in Sri Lanka. Revive to Survive will receive monthly reports from the NCI, which will contain the drugs that our monthly donations were used on, and how many patients were treated. With this money, the pediatric cancer patients can be given the life-saving medications that they need, and possibly be given a brighter future.
While researching the needs of the patients we sought to help, we discovered a test that is typically administered in the USA, but rarely administered in Sri Lanka. This test is commonly known as Genetic Testing. It allows the hospital to gain valuable insight into the strain of cancer affecting their patients. Consequently, the patients are able to receive tailored treatment to their needs and potentially save money in the long run. For instance, boys are more likely to develop different strains of leukemia than girls so it makes sense that their treatment is adjusted accordingly. However, this isn't always the case, but Genetic Testing allows the doctors to know prior to prescribing generic treatment. In March 2018, Revive to Survive held a fundraiser specifically meant to fund these tests for patients who were unable to afford them and raised over $35,000! That's enough to cover an estimated 90% of all new pediatric cancer patients in Sri Lanka!
The Big Picture
“The Big Picture” is about showing that every little act is important and that people-no matter how old they are or what obstacles they have to overcome - can make a difference. This concept can be applied to people of all ages and helps to promote the mental wellbeing of a sick person. Simultaneously, this project helps to promote volunteerism as people can get involved in numerous ways regardless of their skills. The idea is to get a sick person who is coming to a clinic or is in a hospital involved in decorating the clinic/ward in order to give them a sense of ownership.
Together, we work with the patients to produce paintings where anything is possible (pink grass, orange skies, purple fences)! After everyone has contributed, I put some finishing touches and frame and donate the picture to the clinic/ hospital so the patients can see their work daily.
All paintings developed by this project are copyrighted to the Big Picture Project and are not the property of the patients or the volunteer artists. All original paintings will be donated and cannot be resold. All funds from sales of prints will be used 100% to cover costs of The Big Picture project or for a donation to another cause which will be clearly stated at the time of the sale.