Portraits of Love
Organized by: The Philippines Foundation
The Philippines Foundation via Crowdrise
October 22, 2015
EVENT DATE Nov 01, 2015
PORTRAITS OF LOVE
According to Puetz, Morley, and Herring (2013), creative art therapies reduce anxiety, depression, and pain and increase quality of life for patients with cancer.
The Philippines Foundation has created a day of clowns, art and happiness that would alleviate some of the grim realities these kids face everyday. We're not doctors, but we know how to give LOVE.
Portraits taken are often times the only keepsake mothers have left of their children.
On this day we want to reinvigorate the wards with happy murals painted by a local artist, and provide comforts like fans and televisions to the children who spend their days here.
This is a story of young boys and girls living in a room with a pastel green door, and pollution-stained white-ish walls waiting for their names to be called for treatment. Brave they may seem, it's only because they've become used to the jabs on their arms. Many of the kids at PCMC have been in this same room the week before , and the week before that and many other weeks since they've been ill. School? Well, that's not so much an option when they're sick.
The Cancer and Hematology Center of the government-owned Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City, is a decrepit building with faded walls of red, blue and yellow, built decades ago with the help of Elizabeth Taylor.
Every day, there are 200 to 300 outpatients that arrive, of whom 100 are cancer patients. Sadly, the mortality is too high (80%) to not take notice.
There’s no fixed schedule for treatments. Sometimes, these children turn pale in the dead of night, in the stillest of hours, in the most quiet of moments, in between dreams and nightmares. When that happens, parents rush their children to the hospital.
The hospital is also considered as the biggest tertiary child care center in the country under the Department of Health (DOH). It accommodates and specializes in cancer and infectious diseases affecting children. Sixty percent of the hospital’s patients are indigent and only 40 percent are pay patients.
PCMC is the only tertiary hospital in the country that specializes in diseases afflicting children that is affordable for the poor.
It's these very kids we want to help support. We may not cure their ailments but a day of happiness, even if for a day, is a day they always remember.
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