In July 2020, we arrived at the CHOC Tygerberg Lodge when my child was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. Over the course of two years, as my child underwent treatment and regular check-ups, we relied on CHOC’s services. Unfortunately, in 2023, the cancer resurfaced. Extensive tests, including bone marrow extraction, were conducted, confirming the presence of bone marrow leukemia. This news devastated my family and me. In May 2023, my child began the first round of chemotherapy but fell ill during the hospital stay, leading to an extended hospitalisation. This experience broke my heart, but I had to summon inner strength for my child, seeking solace and resilience through prayer.
As my son required ongoing treatment at Tygerberg Hospital, we were directed to the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA for accommodation. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed and instantly felt at home. Aunty Marilyn’s kindness provided a comforting presence, and the dedicated staff further eased our worries. At CHOC, I momentarily forgot my own challenges as they embraced us like family. The well-appointed bedrooms and communal lounge allowed for relaxation, TV watching, conversations, and laughter. The connections forged at CHOC are truly invaluable. My son, Lorenzo, felt secure, welcomed, and had the opportunity to enjoy the company of other children.
I extend my deepest gratitude to the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation for their unwavering support to families impacted by childhood cancer. The lodges genuinely replicate the feeling of a “home away from home.” It’s a place where individuals facing similar challenges can unite, navigating the journey as one united family. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Aunty Marilyn and the entire staff at CHOC Tygerberg Lodge for their remarkable care and compassion.

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