The team will provide the children and their families support, advice and guidance to better cope with their illness and win. The facilities will distract the kids from the difficult treatments, and they will play with games and laptops, and relax in resting areas. The cost of the recreation and computer room with the needed equipment is $50,000. There is a naming opportunity.
*Life-saving medications for economically challenged families.
*Building the first preschool for kids with cancer in
the center of Israel (Ramat Gan).
*Annual dream trips to Disney World for 25-30 children.
*Healing retreats and support services for family members.
*Tuition-free summer camps for over 100 children in the summer.
*Establishing play rooms in oncology departments at
hospitals across Israel.
*Donating laptops and toys for oncology wards and
seriously ill children.
*Birthday Angles for sick children at their homes.
*Supporting Israeli families who arrive in the US and
Canada for special surgery or treatment with a sick child,
providing them with all the help they need, and literally
hold their hands.
Many of our activities are aimed to provide sick kids a chance to take part in normal childhood experiences. The pain and the effects of medications, struggling with your own body, with society, and a new psychological image of yourself, create a very unhappy child. Larger Than Life changes the tears of pain to joy, smiles, laughter, and optimism.
Two weeks in Disney World, in a special summer camp and in a friendly environment at the hospital – create a strong and powerful support for these children. They realized that they are loved the way they are. Our programs give them the willingness to keep on fighting cancer and to win.
Local communities: the counselors in the special summer camp for toddlers are teenagers who were sick with cancer, took part of Larger Than Life activities themselves, and that is their way to give back. It’s a source of inspiration and encouragement to the younger children.
More than that: parents who are accompanied the Dream trip to Disney World are usually parents who lost their kids to cancer, and they stay part of Larger Than Life family.
“…I learned to ignore the sideways glances…”
“My name is Koral, and I am fifteen years old. About four years ago, I began to feel pain in my right thigh, which was diagnosed as cancer. It wasn’t easy to accept that I have cancer, and in a moment my life changed. School stopped, and there was only the hospital, which was all I saw for a year.
It was very hard for me to know that one of the options was to amputate the leg. The thought of living without a leg was initially incomprehensible, but I understood that that might be the best option that would ensure that the disease will not return. I struggled with the decision for a long time, but when the date for the surgery was set, I accepted that fact completely and fully agreed to go through the procedure.
I had to get used to the crutches, to go through grueling physical therapy, but the hardest thing I had to face was the way people stared at me everywhere I went. I learned to live with that, too, and to ignore the sideways glances.
The volunteers of Larger than Life did everything they could to help me not only to recover from this disease but to do that with fun and a smile. I think it is very important that kids in my situation have fun, because when you are happy and having a good time you forget the pain and the nausea and, most important, forget the scary thoughts that fill your mind.
I took part in many activities, including the unforgettable trip to Disney World. That’s not just a trip, it’s a dream come true for cancer-stricken kids. I can say that for me this was an amazing experience, which allowed me to be happy and to enjoy life, and to forget the hospitals and chemo and only think about the roller coaster or that night’s dinner, and then return home with renewed strength and determination to fight the disease and fully recover.”
Join the group of children in Disney World (every year during March).
Helping Israeli families who arrive to Boston with sick children.
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