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Care Packages for Cancer Patients

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Fantine Giap

THE STORY:

MISSION: To provide at least 60 cancer patients in Vietnam with a care package that includes a health pamphlet and nutritional supplements.

WHY: Last summer, I spent a month in public and private hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City and in Ha Noi, Vietnam. I was there for research -- specifically, I wanted to understand how Vietnamese culture may affect the quality of life of cancer patients. What I found was that while they were so grateful for the cancer care they were receiving, they still lacked some knowledge about their condition and how to alleviate the symptoms associated with their treatments. As I listened to breast cancer patients’ testimonials of hardship and hope, I observed them replacing their own chemotherapy IV bags and finding comfort despite being six to one hospital bed. These patients casually accepted hardships ranging from ten-hour motorbike rides post-chemotherapy to months of homelessness. They often sat in the hospital all day without water or food, and physicians could only spend a few minutes at most consulting with their patients -- an inevitable result of overcrowding. Thus, I hope to be able to alleviate this issue to the best of my abilities, even if it is still just baby steps. I hope to provide a small piece of encouragement, one that supplements the hope that the physicians instill with their patient care.

HOW: By donating to this cause, you will be helping fund the Ensure powder packs that I will purchase and distribute, along with a simple educational pamphlet that I am designing to inform patients of basic cancer terminology and health behaviors.

WHEN: I will be leaving the states to complete this charity mission, as well as research, during the last two weeks of May. I plan on keeping a blog to update everyone on my progress!

WHERE: I will begin this mission at a hospital in Ha Noi, Vietnam called Hung Viet Cancer Hospital and may possibly be able to aid others in the future.

Thank you all for your support, I truly appreciate your help! If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at giapfantine@gmail.com.

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