My name is Qondi, I am a parent from Mpumalanga who has a young daughter that was diagnosed with kidney cancer. I was in absolute shock and I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. I was told Pretoria is the only place where she could get the treated. I did not know what to do and where I would stay. I don’t have friends or family in Pretoria, nor did I have enough money to travel from home to hospital every day as it would cost a lot of money.
After being discharged from hospital they told us that we will stay at CHOC House. We had to leave the hospital and go there. I was so scared, only to find that it is a home where anyone can stay. We were welcomed by everyone. CHOC has helped me and my daughter financially and emotionally, by giving us a place to stay during treatment. CHOC does not choose who you are or where you come from, it is a place that you can call home. You and your child have a bed to sleep on, food to eat and a playground where our children can run around and be children.
I found many other parents and children who are going through similar experiences as us and together we shared our experiences. The staff at CHOC house is always willing to help you cope with your situation.
CHOC offers transport; they have a professional driver who is always prepared to assist. This removes a lot of stress from us as parents as we don’t have to worry about transport or accommodation. CHOC house and its staff open their arms to help us.
CHOC needs assistance in order to be able to offer this help to parents and children. Please find it in your heart to donate foodstuff or financial support to CHOC so that it can continue doing the good that it does.