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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – Warning Signs and Types of Childhood Cancer

In South Africa, an average of 800 to 1000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancers share general symptoms with other illnesses; knowing the warning signs can be vital in early detection and treatment.

It is important to know that cancer in children tend to be different from cancers in adults. The majority of them occur in the developing cells like blood, bone marrow, the kidneys and tissues of the nervous system.  The CANSA Childhood Cancer Awareness Programme aims to educate the public on the early warning signs. In South Africa, the St Siluan Warning Signs for Childhood Cancer are used.

St Siluan Warning Signs Childhood Cancer:

  • S – Seek medical help early for ongoing symptoms
  • I – White spot in the eye, new squint, sudden blindness or bulging eyeball
  • L – Lump on the stomach, pelvis, head, arms, legs, testicle or glands
  • U – Unexplained fever present for over two weeks, weight loss, fatigue, pale appearance, easy bruising & bleeding
  • A – Aching bones, joints, back and easy fractures
  • N – Neurological signs, a change in walk, balance or speech, regression, continuous headaches with / without vomiting & enlarged head

Types of Childhood Cancer

According to the recent South African Children’s Cancer Study Group (SACCSG) registry statistics, for 2009 to 2013, the five foremost types of childhood cancers in South Africa are:

Leukaemia
Lymphoma (tumours that begin in the lymph glands)
Brain tumours
Nephroblastomas or Wilms tumours – cancer of the kidneys
Soft tissue sarcomas (tumours that begin in the connective tissue)

Should you have any concerns about your child showing symptoms, you are advised by CANSA to seek medical help immediately. Click for fact sheets on all types of childhood cancer.

Info-graphic © CANSA.

Source: The Cancer Association of South Africa – www.cansa.org.za

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Rest in Peace Skylar Meyer

It was with such sadness that I received the news that warrior princess Skylar ran into the arms of Jesus at 23:40 last night. Her battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer is over; she is at peace now and free from pain.

To Skylar`s family: Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your daughter. We pray that the light of God’s love shine upon you as you face the darkness of your pain and your grief. Know that God will never forsake you. He will always look after you because you are His child and He is your Father. May you be blessed with the peace and comfort that you seek during this difficult time.

May God give you all the Grace to accept what has happened and the serenity to carry on living.

Karin Harmse & AOM Team.

Skylar`s “Warrior Princess” bracelets will be available until the 15th of September 2022. Wear yours in memory of a brave little girl who fought until the bitter end, and who was loved by so many…
Order from our agents or shop online.

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Rest in Peace Rene-Lily Gaskell

It is with such sadness and a heavy heart that I need to inform you that our brave little cancer warrior Rene-Lily ran into the arms of Jesus at 06:00am this morning. The battle is over and she is at peace now and free from pain.

To Lily`s family: Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your Lily. We pray that the light of God’s love shine upon you as you face the darkness of your pain and your grief. Know that God will never forsake you. He will always look after you because you are His child and He is your Father. May you be blessed with the peace and comfort that you seek during this difficult time.

May God give you all the Grace to accept what has happened and the serenity to carry on living.

Karin Harmse & AOM Team.

Lily`s bracelets will be available until the 15th of June 2022. Wear yours in memory of a brave little girl who fought until the bitter end, and who was loved by so many. Order from our agents or shop online.

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Rest in Peace Ricardo Strydom

Rest in peace Ricardo Strydom

It is with such sadness and a heavy heart that I need to inform you that our brave little leukemia warrior, Ricardo, ran into the arms of Jesus today . The battle is over and he is at peace now and free from pain.

To Ricardo`s mother and family:
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your son. We pray that the light of God’s love shine upon you as you face the darkness of your pain and your grief. Know that God will never forsake you. He will always look after you because you are His child and He is your Father. May you be blessed with the peace and comfort that you seek during this difficult time.

May God give you all the Grace to accept what has happened and the serenity to carry on living.

Karin Harmse & AOM Team.

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Fundraising for Kian Ludick – Nephroblastoma, Wilms Tumor

Kian Ludick

Kian`s story:

“Kian had been having a lot of ear infections in the beginning of 2021. Our GP referred us to the nose, ear, and throat Specialist as well as a speech therapist, because he has not begun to speak and was nearing the age of 2 and they suspected that he has autism. On the date of his appointment he did not give his co-operation with the speech therapist and they decided to make arrangements with a Pediatrician to put him under local anesthetics while they conduct the ear test, and because he was not well, the pediatrician decided to do a full exam also while he was under. He discovered something hard on the left side of his tummy. We were sent for a sonar where they discovered the enlarged kidney. They did a CT scan where they saw the abnormal tissue on both kidneys.

Kian was diagnosed with Nephroblastoma on both kidneys, 26 March 2021, as well as an enlarged left kidney. He has been having monthly MRI scans and blood work in Johannesburg where he is treated by Prof Janet Poole. On the 12th of December 2021, he had his 3rd scan and they discovered the Wilms tumor that developed on the left kidney. He started with his weekly pre-operative chemo on 31 January 2021 in Kimberley, which he gets once a week for 6 weeks. On week 5 and 6 they will do a scan and reassess, he will also be having maintenance chemo after surgery.

The chemo has affected him worse than what we expected. He was admitted 4 days after his 1st session, and has been put on a double dose of blood pressure medication. He had moisture on his lungs when his oxygen levels dropped to 65 and had to be put on oxygen. He had an allergic reaction to morphine, and had a seizure because of nausea medication. He also has a feeding tube. On the 17th of February 2022 he developed a fever and was admitted where they did blood work and discovered he had 2 viruses and his blood counts were extremely low.

He finished his last round of chemo on 21 March 2022. He was admitted and had a blood transfusion and platelets because it was too low. He also had an MRI but we have not received his report or any update when and if they will be operating. Kian is seeing a dietician as well as a speech- and occupational therapist because of signs of autism.”

By supporting our fundraiser for Kian you can be directly involved in making a positive difference in his life. All proceeds from the “Love and Faith” bracelets are donated towards his ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we CAN change the world, and help a child in need!

Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Kian Ludick.

Fundraising for Kian Ludick

Love and Faith Bracelets

The Love and Faith” bracelets for Kian consist of wooden beads with crystal, silver and diamante fillers.

Colour Options:
1. white & blue
2. grey and blue
3. white, grey, blue mix

Charm Options:
1. faith & cross
2. love you heart
3. believe and hope

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

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Rest in Peace Arizona Hoy

Rest in Peace Arizona Hoy

It was with such sadness and a heavy heart that I need to inform you that our brave little cancer warrior ran into the arms of Jesus. The battle is over; she is at peace now and free from pain.

Arizona Hoy was only 4 years old when she was diagnosed with High-Risk Stage IV Neuroblastoma Cancer. She had a tumor located on her left adrenal gland which metastasized from its primary location to multiple lymph nodes, the bone marrow and bones. This type of cancer only affects around 100 children under five per year in South Africa. High risk patients have a 60% chance of relapse with no known cure for relapse Neuroblastoma. Despite these statistics, Arizona had intensive Chemotherapy at Red Cross War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, in hopes of seeing a reduction in the size and spread of the tumors – and she rang the bell on the 28th of February 2020. They were looking into further treatment options for Arizona abroad, and needed to do serious fundraising to make it possible.

To Arizona’s Family:
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your baby girl. We pray that the light of God’s love shines upon you as you face the darkness of your pain and your grief. Know that God will never forsake you. He will always look after you because you are His child and He is your Father. May you be blessed with the peace and comfort that you seek during this difficult time.

Lamentations 3:31-33: “For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men”.

May God give you all the Grace to accept what has happened and the serenity to carry on living.
Team AOM.

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Rest in Peace Mairah Hassan

Rest in Peace Mairah Hassan

It was with such sadness and a heavy heart that I need to inform you that our brave little cancer warrior Mairah ran into the arms of Jesus . The battle is over and she is at peace now and free from pain.

When Mairah was just 15 months old, she was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma, which is a form of childhood cancer. She also had a genetic mutation fueling the cancer, which made treatment much harder.


To Mairah’s Family:
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your baby girl. We pray that the light of God’s love shines upon you as you face the darkness of your pain and your grief. Know that God will never forsake you. He will always look after you because you are His child and He is your Father. May you be blessed with the peace and comfort that you seek during this difficult time.

Lamentations 3:31-33: “For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men”.

May God give you all the Grace to accept what has happened and the serenity to carry on living.
Team AOM.

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Rest in Peace Faith Bothma

Rest in Peace Faith Bothma

It was with such sadness that I received the news that Faith ran into the arms of Jesus on Friday 17 September 2021 at 14:30. She is at peace now and free from pain.

Faith was diagnosed in May 2020 with Stage III Pulmonary Blastoma. From February to May 2021 she was in remission but relapsed with 3 tumors in the brain.

To Faith’s parents and Family:
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your daughter. We pray that the light of God’s love shine upon you as you face the darkness of your pain and your grief. Know that God will never forsake you. He will always look after you because you are His child and He is your Father. May you be blessed with the peace and comfort that you seek during this difficult time.

May God give you all the Grace to accept what has happened and the serenity to carry on living.

Karin Harmse & AOM Team 

Rest in peace, sweet angel Faith

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Fundraising for Esmae Peters – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Esmae Peters

Esmae`s story:

On the 13th of July, Esmae Peters (3 yr.) was diagnosed with cancer. It was quite a progressive stage by then as she battled for about 2 months prior to receiving the diagnosis. She has had a few lumbar punctures and completed about 9 chemotherapy treatments .

Unfortunately she recently contracted a blood infection together with Neutropenic colitis and Pancytopenia, which are 2 life-threatening conditions on their own … she was transferred from the Cancer ward to ICU high care. She has had enlarged liver and spleen about 4cm each, distended bowel, numerous bruises and blood clots on her skin and gums, oral sores and also blood and platelet transfusions.

Her medical needs include Physiotherapy, Psychology, Speech therapy, Occupational therapy, optometry as well as dental as required.

We ask you to please open your heart and help us to carry the heavy financial burden by ordering Esmae`s special “Grow in Grace” Bracelets – all proceeds are donated towards her ongoing medical care and expenses.

Together we CAN make a difference and help a child in need, one bracelet at a time!

Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Esmae Peters.

Fundraising for Esmae Peters

Grow in Grace Bracelets

The Grow in Grace Bracelets” for Esmae consist of wooden beads/crystal beads with silver and diamante fillers.

Bracelet Options:
1)
Silver, clear & gold crystal beads with Unicorn charm.
2)
Silver, white & gold wooden beads with Cross charm.
3)
White & gold wooden beads with Flower & diamante Butterfly, and diamante Awareness Ribbon.

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

Bath Bombs

These Bath bombs are made from 100% natural ingredients and promise to smell amazing. Bath bombs are perfect as a gift or just for yourself, to enjoy some down time..

Choose from the following fragrances: Rose, Rooibos, Spearmint, Mango, Vanilla, Lavender, Geranium, Lemon Grass. Shop Online

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – New Merch In Store!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to recognise the children and families affected by childhood cancers and to emphasize the importance of supporting research on these devastating conditions.

In an extra effort to raise funds for our kids with cancer, we have added a whole bunch of new merchandise to our catalog. Every item sold means there are more proceeds that can be donated towards the medical care, treatment, therapies and emergency surgeries of all our AOM children who are fighting cancer. Your support truly goes a long way!

See all Cancer Awareness items in store

Did you know? In South Africa, an average of 800 to 1000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancers share general symptoms with other illnesses; knowing the warning signs can be vital in early detection and treatment. Learn more.

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Fundraising for Aldrich Kruger – Stage II Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Cancer

Aldrich Kruger

Aldrich`s story:

Aldrich Kruger is a young boy from Mossel Bay who was diagnosed with Stage IV Papillary Thyroid Cancer in March 2020, which already spread to his lungs. His thyroid and lymph nodes had to be removed.

He receives Radio active Iodine treatment at the Red Cross Hospital; not chemo nor radiation works for this type of cancer. Aldrich receives treatment every 6 months, and goes into isolation whilst the treatment is given.

He has always been a very active boy, and loves sport and dancing. This has been difficult for him and his family, as he has to fight, and also go through a world pandemic.

Aldrich was recently re-diagnosed with Stage II Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Cancer.

He will be chronic on eltroxin for the rest of his life.
He also struggles with eczema and requires medication for that too.

You can help us to lessen the financial burden by ordering his special “Hope and Faith” Bracelets – all proceeds are donated towards his ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we CAN make a difference and help a child in need.

Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Aldrich Kruger .

Follow his Facebook Page for live updates on his progress and journey.

Fundraising for Aldrich Kruger

Hope and Faith Bracelets © Arms of Mercy NPC

Hope and Faith Bracelets

The Hope and Faith Bracelets” for Aldrich consist of Turquoise, Pink and Lilac wooden beads with silver and diamante fillers.

Charm options: Diamante Awareness Ribbon / Cross / Mossie.

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

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Fundraising for Liané Rossouw – Neuroblastoma Cancer

Liané Rossouw

Liané`s story:

Liané Rossouw (1 yr.) was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in December 2020 when she was only 8 months old. She was due to start her chemotherapy on the 19th of December, but she stopped breathing that morning. She was resuscitated and rushed to the pediatric ICU, and was on a ventilator for a little over a week.

The resuscitation caused extensive brain damage and has resulted in her losing her vision. The place where the tumour was, was also pressing against her spine causing the nerves in that area of the spine to die, which will never regrow, meaning Liané would never walk.

After the resuscitation, she completed 4 rounds of intensive chemotherapy. The chemo she had completed shrunk the tumour A LOT, but it was still active and still there.

We had a discussion with the doctors and we were given 3 choices:
1. Intensive chemotherapy which might help, but will make her extremely sick.
2. Less invasive chemotherapy which will just keep the tumour under control and slow down the spread.
3. No treatment.

We went with option 2, knowing that this chemotherapy is not designed to “cure” but to give us just a little bit more time.

Liané was scheduled to go for a MiBG scan in February 2021, but she was just too weak, so they canceled it. Since her last round of intensive chemotherapy, she completed 6 rounds of less invasive chemotherapy and she was strong enough to do the MiBG scan.

6 October 2021, we got to do the first part of the MiBG and then the second part the day after. I got to be with her while they did the scan. I asked the radiologist to explain to me what she is seeing on the scans if she can after the second day and she asked me quite a lot of questions regarding treatments, etc.

She could not find ANY tumour in Liané’s body. 12 October 2021, her doctors could confirm Liané was in remission and no active tumour can be seen or found in her body. LIANÉ HAS BEAT CANCER!!!

What do we do now?

Liané still needs to receive physio to improve her strength and movement. She still has the feeding tube. Her eyesight is improving and is reacting to lightness and darkness.

Liané has to go for blood tests to keep an eye on her for the next 6 months. She also has to do urine tests and she might do follow up scans to just keep an eye on it.

By supporting the AOM bracelet initiative you are helping to raise funds to contribute to Liané`s medical expenses. Together we can change the world, one bracelet at a time!

Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Liané Rossouw.

Follow Hope for Liané on Facebook for live updates on her progress and journey.

Fundraising for Liané Rossouw

Anchored in Hope Bracelets

The “Anchored in Hope” Bracelets for Liané consist of gold and pink wooden beads with crystal, silver and diamante fillers.

Charm options: Anchor / Hope / Hope-Awareness Ribbon.

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

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Fundraising for Miné van der Merwe – Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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Miné`s story:

“Miné van der Merwe was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2019 and had a bone marrow transplant in 2020. She fought cancer twice in 1 year. In January 2021 she went through the unimaginable when she almost lost her life due to chicken pox that went internally and affected her heart, lungs and liver.

She was in ICU fighting for her life for 3 months. She had to learn how to walk again. After almost 4 months in hospital she is still fighting the battle against healing completely. She suffers from Pneumatosis (air in the walls of her intestines) and needs to be careful of what she is eating.

She is currently in remission after the cancer and needs to visit the doctor every 6 months for extensive blood tests. We humbly ask anyone who can help to assist us with Miné’s medical expenses in order to keep on providing health care to her as needed.”

Please open your heart and support our fundraising efforts for this young cancer warrior; proceeds from the “Brave Heart Bracelets” and “Brave Warrior Bracelet Set” are donated to Miné`s ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we CAN make a positive difference!

Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Miné van der Merwe.

Follow Miné van der Merwe vs Leukemia on Facebook for live updates on her progress and journey.

Fundraising for Miné van der Merwe

Brave Heart Bracelets

The Brave Heart” Bracelets for Miné consist of white, coffee and light blue wooden beads with silver, crystal and diamante fillers.

Charm options: Heart / Cross / Diamante Awareness Ribbon.

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

Brave Heart Bracelets © Arms of Mercy NPC
Brave Heart Bracelets

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Brave Warrior Bracelet Set

The “Brave Warrior” Bracelet set consist of three different bracelets. Price is per set of three bracelets.

Bracelet 1: Beige polymer clay beads with silver fillers.
Bracelet 2: Plain silver electroplated beads.
Bracelet 3: Beige wooden beads with silver fillers and beige tassel.

Brave Warrior Bracelet Set © Arms of Mercy NPC
Brave Warrior Bracelet Set

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Fundraising for Mia-Lee Lamprecht – Stage IV Neuroblastoma Cancer

Mia-Lee Lamprecht

Mia-Lee`s story:

“Hi! My name is MIA-LEE (A.K.A. WARRIOR PRINCESS). I was 17 months old when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma on 7 October 2020. This is a type of childhood cancer that attacks the nervous system and can develop into other forms of cancer too. A bit of a tricky one, I know. This was also the day when it felt like our worlds has fallen apart and nothing will ever be the same for me and my family. Let me tell you a little more about my journey…

On 8 October 2020 I had my 1st operation as I was basically paralyzed and couldn’t stand or walk anymore. The tumor that is growing inside of my little body measured the size of a cold-drink can and is situated behind my heart, wrapped around the aorta, compressing my lungs and left kidney. It is huge for such a petite little person! After spending 5 nights in ICU all by myself, I was transferred to Wits Donald Gordon Hospital which I believe have become my new home for quite some time. This is where it all started… It was on the 19th October when I received the first round of chemo. After the 4th cycle, a CT scan determined that the chemo had a poor response and the protocol was then changed. A lot has happened in-between chemo rounds. I became tired and ill, lost my appetite, my beautiful strawberry-blonde locks and a lot of weight. Fluid was building up inside my lungs which blocked my airways and I was in ICU twice in a critical condition.

The second time, I contracted sepsis due to the drain that was inserted between my ribs. Things didn’t look good for me and my family was praying non-stop for my recovery. This was also the time in my life when I was introduced to the Bible and who Jesus is. He lives inside of my heart now, and if Jesus didn’t know who MIA-LEE was before, He sure know’s now.

I am a girl with purpose in life and on 1 January 2021, I have taken my first steps for the second time and doing really well.

I have decided that nothing will get me down. My journey is still not over and I have many battles that I will still need to fight. I want to tell you something today and remember these words… “GOD WILL BRING NOTHING ON YOUR WAY THAT YOU AREN`T STRONG ENOUGH TO HANDLE.”

Thank you for supporting my journey.”

By supporting our fundraising initiative you can help to raise funds for Mia-Lee`s ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we can change the world, one bracelet at a time!

On the 10th of March 2021 Mia-Lee went for surgery to have most of the tumor in her chest removed. Sadly, the surgery didn’t go so well as the surgeon couldn’t take anything out. The tumor is too big and too complex and they are going to try find other alternatives.

Update 30 July 2021 via Mia-Lee`s Facebook Page

“Our Miracle Mia-Lee is in VERY GOOD PARTIAL REMISSION!!!! This news came from Prof. Janet Poole this morning after Mia-Lee had a weekly routine check to check her blood counts. Her white cell count is now at 4.9 which is excellent!

This has been quite a journey for her, for us and our loved ones. The uncertainty of what can happen, that “What if”…. Well, today I want to say “EVEN IF…” we know our faith and trust is in our Creator. He will continue to guide us along this very exhausting journey. All Glory to God!

This image is from the CT scan that was done last week Wednesday and I’ve marked the tumor sites in red to show how significantly smaller it is and that it has calcified. We’ll only know for sure what we still need to deal with once the MIBG scan can be done. The MIBG is a contrast that is injected which only the active cancer cells will absorb to show any active cancer.

In the top circle, it shows the position of the tumor on both sides, encasing the aorta which makes it impossible to operate and remove the tumor hence she is in “partial remission”.

The kidneys, lungs and liver is still very healthy.

Guys, this is a miracle! One that many people probably didn’t see coming…. We’ll continue to believe & pray that Mia-Lee will soon be completely disease free and that she’ll be able to live a “semi-normal”, happy & long life to come.

Our journey is still far from over and anything can happen at any given moment. The moment, now… embrace it, enjoy it & share it with the people you love most because this moment, now… can change in the blink of an eye.

Thank you so much to every person that is supporting Mia-Lee’s journey with cancer & been praying for her healing. Please continue to do so. THANK YOU!”

Follow Mia-Lee AKA Warrior Princess on Facebook for live updates on her progress and journey.

Please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Mia-Lee Lamprecht.

Fundraising for Mia-Lee Lamprecht

God`s Warrior Princess Bracelets © Arms of Mercy NPC

God`s Warrior Princess Bracelets

The “God`s Warrior Princess” Bracelets for Mia-Lee consist of white wooden beads with silver and diamante fillers.

Bracelet options:
1) Silver beads – no charm.
2) White and silver beads with pink and silver crystals – no charm.
3) White and silver beads with crystals incl. M, shield and dagger charms.
4) White beads with pink and silver crystals incl. Dream, Love and Joy charms.

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

God`s Warrior Princess Bracelets © Arms of Mercy NPC
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Rest in Peace Angelo Pereira

It was with such sadness that I received the news that Angelo ran into the arms of Jesus at 02:25 this morning. He is at peace now and free from pain.

To Angelo’s parents and Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your son. I pray that the light of God’s love shine upon you as you face the darkness of your pain and your grief. Know that God will never forsake you. He will always look after you because you are His child and He is your Father. May you be blessed with the peace and comfort that you seek during this difficult time.

May God give you all the Grace to accept what has happened and the serenity to carry on living.

Karin Harmse

Angelo was diagnosed on the 16th of July 2019 with Osteo Sarcoma in his right shoulder.

Thriving Angel Bracelets © Arms of Mercy NPC

Angelo`s “Thriving Angel” bracelets will be available until the 15th of January 2021 to help settle outstanding medical accounts. Wear yours in remembrance of a young warrior gone too soon, but never forgotten.

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Fundraising for Elsune Fyver – Brain Cancer & Bone Marrow Cancer

Elsune`s story:

Elsune Fyver is a 14 month old baby girl who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor that is the size of a golf ball. A week prior to the diagnosis she had nausea, vomited, suffered from dehydration, and was admitted to hospital for 4 days. After she was discharged, Elsune became weak and she stopped eating and drinking, crawling, walking, and talking.

They tried to force-feed her but Elsune kept on vomiting with every feed. She had syncope and collapsed. She did not respond as normal and would take a few seconds to look in the direction of mom or dad. She was taken to the ER on 10 September 2020 and was admitted to run some tests. After the MRI and CT scan, Elsune`s mother was informed that her baby girl had a brain tumor.

On the 11th of September, Elsune started with steroid treatment to shrink the tumor, and she had a high-risk operation on the 15th of September. Currently their medical aid is exhausted and they need funds to cover shortfall on scans, tests, operation and doctors accounts.

Elsune had gone for her second round of Chemotherapy on the 25th of November and it’s been confirmed she has bone marrow cancer that cannot be operated on or treated. Mom is hoping chemo will be enough to help her until she is 3 and old enough for radiotherapy.

Please open your heart to Elsune and her family. By supporting our bracelet initiative you can help to raise funds to help pay for her ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we can change her world, one bracelet at a time!

Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. Please remember to use “Elsune Fyver” as reference.

Fundraising for Elsune Fyver

Forever Loved Bracelets © Arms of Mercy NPC

Forever Loved Bracelets

Forever Loved Bracelets for Elsune; consisting of grey and green wooden beads, crystals, and Jasper beads (precious stones).

Charm options: Heart, diamante awareness ribbon, or crown charm.

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

Forever Loved Bracelets © Arms of Mercy NPC
Forever Loved Bracelets

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – Join the Fight Against Cancer this September!

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In South Africa, an average of 800 to 1000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancers share general symptoms with other illnesses; knowing the warning signs can be vital in early detection and treatment.

According to a 2014 report by the American Cancer Society, it is now estimated that one in 408 children worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 15. It is estimated that currently less than half of children with cancer in South Africa are diagnosed, and many of those who are diagnosed are in advanced stage of illness. One of the reasons for this is a lack of awareness and knowledge in parts of the health system regarding the early warning signs of childhood cancer. – www.gov.za

It is important to know that cancer in children tend to be different from cancers in adults. The majority of them occur in the developing cells like blood, bone marrow, the kidneys and tissues of the nervous system.  The CANSA Childhood Cancer Awareness Programme aims to educate the public on the early warning signs. In South Africa, the St Siluan Warning Signs for Childhood Cancer are used.

Supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honoring the taken, and never ever giving up HOPE

Help us to raise awareness about childhood cancerknowledge is power! Awareness Bracelets creates an opportunity to start a conversation, and share information about a particular cause or disease, and may help with future research, treatments etc.

Children are a gift from God and Arms of Mercy’s passion. 🎗️ Become a part of something truly beautiful and worthy by ordering and proudly wearing your childhood cancer awareness bracelet this September!

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Bracelet

The Childhood Cancer Awareness Bracelet cost only R40; consisting of gold and silver wooden beads with crystals – and a Diamanté Awareness Ribbon charm. Also available as a plain bracelet (no charm). To place and order please contact the agent in your area or shop online. All proceeds are donated towards the ongoing medical care and expenses, treatments and emergency surgeries of our children who are battling cancer.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Bracelet © Arms of Mercy NPC

Related post: Neuroblastoma Cancer in Children: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

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Fundraising for Juan-Claude Meintjes – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL)

Juan-Claude`s story:

Juan-Claude Meintjes was diagnosed on the 7th of October 2019 with blood cancer at the age of 6. He received the necessary treatment and went in to remission early January.

Since then he was in remission although there are unidentified cells in his body. He goes in for lumber puncture and bone marrow regularly so the bills are piling up as Lancet does blood tests and the medical aid with the Oncology plan is depleted.

You can get involved and help raise funds for Juan-Claude`s medical expenses by supporting our bracelet initiative. Together we can make a positive difference in his life, one bracelet at a time!

Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Juan-Claude Meintjes.

Fundraising for Juan-Claude Meintjes

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Courageous Bracelets

Courageous Bracelets for Juan-Claude; consisting of navy blue and peach wooden beads with crystal, silver and diamante fillers.

Charm options: Diamanté Cross / Sparrow / Hand.

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

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Sarcoma Cancer – Risk Factors, Signs & Symptoms

Sarcoma Cancer Risk Factors, Signs & Symptoms

A brief introduction to Sarcoma Cancer, the risk factors and what signs and symptoms to look out for. This post is purely for general information purposes and by no means replace the advice of a medical practitioner.

July is Sarcoma Cancer Awareness Month

Sarcoma is a general term that is used for a broad group of cancers which arise in the bones and the soft connective tissue such as fat and muscle, blood vessels and nerves, tendons and cartilage. This type of cancer can occur in various locations in your body.

Though there are more than 70 different types of sarcoma, they can be grouped into 2 main types: bone sarcoma, or osteosarcoma, and soft tissue sarcoma.

In most cases, it’s not clear what causes sarcoma. Family history and exposure to chemicals or radiation may increase risk.

Risk factors

Factors that can increase the risk of sarcoma include:

  • Inherited syndromes. Some syndromes that increase the risk of cancer can be passed from parents to children, like familial retinoblastoma and neurofibromatosis type 1.
  • Radiation therapy for cancer. Radiation treatment increases risk of developing a sarcoma later.
  • Chronic swelling (lymphedema). Lymphedema is swelling caused by a backup of lymph fluid that occurs when the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged. It increases the risk of a type of sarcoma called angiosarcoma.
  • Exposure to chemicals. Certain chemicals, such as some industrial chemicals and herbicides, can increase the risk of sarcoma that affects the liver.
  • Exposure to viruses. The virus called human herpesvirus 8 can increase the risk of a type of sarcoma called Kaposi’s sarcoma in people with weakened immune systems.

The symptoms and the treatment will vary depending on the type of sarcoma, the location and other factors.

Signs and Symptoms

  • A lump that can be felt through the skin; it may/may not be painful
  • Bone pain
  • A broken bone that happens unexpectedly, such as with a minor injury or no injury at all
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss

Treatment may include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Sarcomas can be treated, often by having surgery to remove the tumor.

Children and young adults get osteosarcoma more often than adults. Because active, healthy children and teenagers often have pain and swelling in their arms and legs, osteosarcoma might be mistaken for growing pains or a sports injury. If your child’s pain doesn’t get better, or gets worse at night, and is in one arm or leg rather than both, please talk to a doctor. Adults with this kind of pain should see a doctor right away.


Sources: mayoclinic.org, webmd.com, cansa.org.za

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Rest in Peace, Alexis Rhoode – 01/04/2020

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It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our warrior, Alexis Rhoode, grew her angel wings this morning after an ongoing battle against Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma Cancer.

Nothing in life is guaranteed. No one knows what life will bring, no one knows what tomorrow holds. We try to live the best we can, we try to take care of ourselves, and we try to make our journey of life the safest one possible. But – no matter how good, how healthy, how safe we try to be, we can’t hide from the inevitable fact that we are not immortal.

It is times like this when words are difficult, that I wish I could send the family a blank message, knowing that they will feel the heart that has sent the message.

Alexis` family, here is my figurative blank canvas. Here is my blank message to you, one I am not able to put into the right words, but one I know you will be able to feel. One parent to another:

I FEEL
May God give your family all the strength during this time and the days ahead… and loving memories of Alexis, to forever hold in your hearts.