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Association of Parents and Friends of Children with Cancer supports thousands of families

WE ARE VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR LATEST PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN WORLD LIFE EXPERIENCE AND ACREDITAR. THE ASSOCIATION OF PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER EXISTS FOR 23 YEARS AND IT’S MAIN MISSION IS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY.

ACCORDING TO FILIPA CARVALHO, THE WORLD LIFE EXPERIENCE PROJECT “PROVIDES TO PARTICIPANTS A UNIQUE LIFE EXPERIENCE, COMBINING GIVING AID TO SOCIAL ECONOMY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE OFTEN STRUGGLING WITH FUNDING PROBLEMS”. IN ADDITION, “IT ALLOWS A VERY INTERESTING DISSEMINATION OF THE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS WHICH IS ALWAYS A HUGE ADDED VALUE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE A BIG BUDGET NOR THE MEANS TO MAKE THIS DISCLOSURE”, ADDS THE COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR OF ACREDITAR.

ACREDITAR ASSISTS IN PORTUGAL THE FAMILIES OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CANCER FROM THE MOMENT OF DIAGNOSIS AND IN THE VARIETY OF NEEDS THAT ARISE. THE SUPPORT PROVIDED GOES THROUGH THE EMOTIONAL, MATERIAL, ECONOMIC, SCHOOL, FOOD, LEISURE AND LOGISTICS AREAS.

“WE KNOW THAT, REGARDLESS OF THE SOCIO-CULTURAL OR FINANCIAL CONTEXT, THIS DISEASE AFFECTS FAMILY DYNAMICS, CHANGES ROUTINES AND OFTEN CALLS INTO QUESTION LIFE PROJECTS. THIS IS WHY WE ARE PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE VARIOUS MOMENTS OF THE DISEASE, ALWAYS ACTING IN A LOGIC OF PROMOTING AUTONOMY AND TRAINING FOR THE NUMEROUS CHALLENGES THAT THE DISEASE BRINGS”, EXPLAINS FILIPA CARVALHO.

THE ASSOCIATION HAS THREE ACREDITAR HOUSES (IN LISBON, COIMBRA AND PORTO) THAT RECEIVE A TOTAL OF 48 FAMILIES THAT LIVE FAR FROM THE HOSPITAL. THIS ACTION COUNTS ON THE COLLABORATION OF AROUND 600 VOLUNTEERS WHO IN THE MOST VARIED FUNCTIONS, EASE THE DIFFICULTY OF DEALING WITH THE DISEASE. ACCORDING TO THE COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR OF ACREDITAR, “THE YOUNG SURVIVORS SUPPORT, AS VOLUNTEERS, THOSE WHO NOW LIVE THE DISEASE, FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS, INFORM AND ALERT CIVIL SOCIETY ON CHILD CANCER SO THAT, AS A SOCIETY, WE ARE BETTER PREPARED TO SUPPORT FAMILIES NOT ONLY DURING TREATMENT BUT ALSO AT A LATER STAGE OF (RE) CREATION OF LIFE PROJECTS”.

LAST YEAR, ACREDITAR SUPPORTED UP TO 1,217 FAMILIES WITH ACTIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, SPECIALIZED EMOTIONAL ACCOMPANIMENT; SATISFACTION OF THEIR BASIC NEEDS SUCH AS FOOD IN SITUATIONS OF UNEMPLOYMENT OR FINANCIAL FRAGILITY; SCHOOL ATTENDANCE BY VOLUNTEERS; PROVISION OF ACCOMMODATION IN THE HOSPITAL DURING TREATMENTS AND PARTICIPATION IN A HOLIDAY FIELD THAT PROMOTES THE EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE. “WE WANT TO PROVIDE A STRONG FAMILY ENVIRONMENT, WHERE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE KEEP THEIR INTERESTS GROWING IN LEARNING, DISCOVERING, HAVING FUN AND DREAMING”, SAYS FILIPA CARVALHO.

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