Denise is 25 years old, but she still remembers perfectly that cold winter morning in which she received with her family “the most disconcerting news” of her life: she had cancer.
“I would never have imagined it because, for me, cancer was an adult disease,” says the young woman who was 14 years old at the time. Almost immediately, he had to start with his treatment and only after eight blocks of chemotherapy, blood transfusions and an operation, he could overcome the disease he was so afraid of. “In my dictionary, cancer no longer meant death and in my notebook the end was happy,” he reflects in a column he wrote for the
Natalí Dafne Flexer Foundation, who accompanied her throughout her treatment.
Today, as every February 15 for 19 years, Denise and other young fighters celebrate International Youth Childhood Day. The date was instituted in 2001 by the International Organization of Parents of Children with Cancer, under the motto of
“remind those affected, raise awareness and raise awareness in the community” about this disease that affects about 300,000 children per year worldwide.
In my dictionary, cancer no longer meant death and in my notebook, the ending was happy.
Denise, former patient at the Natalí Dafne Flexer Foundation.
“When talking about cancer, the word is always associated with prevention. While this is very important for adults,
The vast majority of cancers in children do not have a known cause that can be easily avoided. Therefore, it is essential that once they have been diagnosed, they receive early treatment and without delay, “explains Leticia García, executive director of the Natalí Dafne Flexer Foundation, which provides assistance and advice to some 1,500 affected children per month and their families. .
According to the latest data from the
World Health Organization (WHO),
Cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality among children and adolescents around the world. In Argentina, approximately 1400 children are diagnosed per year. The good news is that if they receive a proper diagnosis and treatment, 70% of them can be cured. Therefore, it is important to be informed and consult any symptoms that appear.
In Argentina, approximately 1400 children are diagnosed per year. If they receive proper diagnosis and treatment, 70% of them can be cured.
Childhood cancer has a better prognosis than that of adults. The survival rate has increased markedly in high-income countries, where more than 80% of children affected with cancer are cured.
However, in middle- or low-income countries, the figures are worrying: the cure rate is close to 20%. From the WHO they detail that the causes of the lower survival rates are due to the inability to obtain an accurate diagnosis, the inaccessibility or abandonment of treatments, death due to toxicity and excessive recurrences, partly due to the lack of access to Essential medicines and technologies.
How to help
On International Childhood Cancer Day,
The Natalí Dafne Flexer Foundation proposes to those who wish to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14, to give as a gift the shirts of the Foundation, with designs of bears and flowers, typical of this celebration. In this way, gestures that are made for love will also help children with cancer.
Simple and everyday gestures such as the gift that is made for love on Valentine’s Day, can become concrete help for many children with cancer.
Leticia García, Natalí Dafne Flexer Foundation.
- To choose the shirt, enter
www.ponetelacamiseta.org or approach Friday, February 14 at Alto Palermo Shopping, between 10 and 20 hours. The total proceeds will be used to support the support programs that the organization provides monthly to its patients.