Philippine Children’s Medical Center, in partnership with Kythe, had a pre-Valentine party dubbed Valentine’s Ball 2019. This year’s celebration allowed Hematology-Oncology patients to take a breather from their daily hospital routine, and enjoy an afternoon of fun with their family and friends. The girls were all dolled up with the help of professional volunteer make-up artists. The girls were transformed to glamorous ladies, with just a few strokes of the artist’s brush. The boys likewise looked manly in their cowboy outfits, complete with hats and scarves! The Hematology-Oncology Fellows, nurses, other hospital personnel and Kythe staff lent a hand to make the party a success. A few celebrity guests dropped by and gamely posed for selfies, to the delight of the crowd. It was but a few brief hours of fun and excitement, but those few moments gave teens with cancer memories to cherish forever!
February 15 is International Childhood Cancer Day. This is the day to celebrate children all over the world, who have successfully conquered this disease, and remember those who did not quite make it. This year, Kythe created an activity which the children really enjoyed- arts and crafts! This activity was led by Kythe Survivors. They visited the children and made yellow origami hearts, because yellow represents the Kythe kid’s bravery in battling cancer. The Kythe Survivors also created a big frame surrounded with symbols of childhood cancer. They brought this frame around different Kythe partner-hospitals, and this elicited big smiles from our super Kythe kids, their families and hospital staff.
On February 4, 2019, Kythe honored the courage of people with cancer around the world in their battle against this dreaded disease. This year’s campaign was themed “I Am and I Will.” In our own little way, the Kythe community gathered for an on-line activity which helped cancer warrior voices to be heard. This activity aimed to get support from people around the world, by sharing their thoughts on how they can be of help to people battling with cancer. They did this by posting their photos and videos on their own social media accounts, with the hashtag #IAmAKyther. We thank all our volunteers for a successful social media campaign!
A Continuing Education seminar workshop for Child Life Coordinators was held last January 30, 31 and February 1 ,2019 at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place. Full-time child life coordinators (CLC) from different Kythe-partner hospitals around Metro Manila, as well as from Cebu and Davao, came together for three days of learning and development. Topics were on Story-telling, Palliative Care, Mindfulness and Mobile Phone Photography.
The Continuing Education also marked the culmination of the four-week practicum for the six Child Life United students from the United States. The Kythe Child Life Coordinators and Child Life United students returned to their respective work place with renewed enthusiasm, and updated knowledge on how to provide quality service to pediatric patients.
Child Life United students conducted their practicum with Kythe Philippines. Child Life United (CLU) is a US-based organization which offers international practicum programs for individuals interested to pursue a career in Child Life. Now on its second year, the students visited Kythe partner hospitals in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to immerse themselves, and understand how the Kythe Child Life Program works.
The UP-PGH medical students also conducted a study on Kythe’s operations for one week. This is also UP-PGH second year with Kythe, as part of their student’s management coursework. The medical students are required to submit an evaluation and we in Kythe appreciate this so we can improve our management style. Kythe has truly become training ground for future Child Life Specialists and Doctors!