An early Christmas came to Mexico’s southeastern state of Veracruz in late August for dozens of children who had caught cancer and might not live beyond December.
(Soundbite) GLORIA SANTOS NAVARRO, President of Love House for Children with Cancer
“It’s joy. A feast is always full of joy. For me, Christmas is for joy and faith, with request for health from God for all the kids, if any of them can’t live through Christmas. Love House gives them a beautiful Christmas in advance.”
Civil association Love House for Children with Cancer marked the holiday for 45 children, mostly from five to 12 years old, as well as their families to deliver joy and hope for life.
(Soundbite) MARIA CRUZ , Mother
“Right now, I feel like that the celebration helps us forget the pain. When they go for chemotherapy again, they may receive the treatments willingly.”
The party provided four stuffed turkeys, 35 kilograms of carne, 500 sandwiches, three kilograms of cake and 35 chickens.
Cancer is much recorded in the southern part of Veracruz. Besides the 45 children at the Love House, another 46 are at monitoring stage and 106 treated at regional hospitals.