🎗When you think your donation means nothing…. I received a message over the weekend, and others in the past apologising for not being able to donate more money to my fundraising efforts.
For a family that has just received the news that their child has cancer they will ultimately be faced with a long list of out of hospital expenses, that they – not Medicare or their private health fund if they have it – will have to stump up the cash for.
Let’s look at leukaemia for example. Treatment can take up to 2 years or more to complete so one parent is most likely going to lose some if not all income from work due to having to take time off for scheduled and unscheduled hospital visits etc.
Typically a child fighting leukaemia misses on average:
💛231 days of school,
💛spends around 47 days in hospital
💛has about 8 emergency room visits -that’s a lot of missed work for mum and dad. So their income is going to take a hit.
So apart from the obvious reduction in salary, what other costs are going to add up? 💛Travel to and from the hospital – petrol, tolls, parking, taxi fares etc.
💛The parent may have to pay for their stay including their meals while in hospital while the child is having their treatment.
💛Specialist fees, GP fees, gap payments, scans or tests that fall outside of the public healthcare system all need to be paid for.
💛Over the counter medicines for personal care. For example side effects from chemotherapy and radiotherapy include mouth ulcers, so creams would be needed to manage those.
💛Rubber gloves – a child still in nappies undergoing chemotherapy will pass the toxic waste and so gloves need to be worn to protect the caregiver from their child’s toxicity.
💛Babysitters or extra day care for the well siblings
So, when you think $5, $10 or $20 isn’t enough and isn’t going to change anything: 💛a pack of disposable gloves cost $4.10 – that’s a few nappy changes;
💛a 3day concession parking ticket for cancer patients is $10.90 (at my local Sydney hospital);
💛lunch or dinner can cost somewhere between $10-$15;
💛a tube of mouth ulcer cream costs $5.
Please never think that your donation is not enough xx