Senate’s beneficiary Kythe Foundation: Supporting children with cancer

Posted on: April 10th, 2019

The Senate Defenders’ players together with the representatives of their chosen beneficiaries receive their cash prize of 2 million pesos in the UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals held on March 11, 2019 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. (Photoville International)

Kythe Foundation is one of the beneficiaries chosen by the Senate Defenders as they play in the charity basketball tournament, UNTV Cup. The other selected organizations of the team are Pangarap Foundation and Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, Inc.

Kythe is a non-profit, non-stock organization that helps hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic illnesses.

As the only foundation in the Philippines offering the Kythe Child Life Program, the institution is composed of trained professionals that provide psychosocial support to over 11,000 patients and their families since 1992. Together with its hospital partners, donors and volunteers, Kythe Foundation aims to promote healing and growth to inspire hope.

April Anne Palomo-Mangurnong, Kythe Foundation’s Child Life Coordinator said, “Sa kasalukuyan po may 8 hospitals na tinutulungan ang Kythe sa buong Pilipinas. May mga buwanang natatanggap po ang bawat bata sa kanilang gamutan, mayroon din po ‘yong sa kanilang pag-aaral kasi po may mga batang pinapag-aral na rin si Kythe.”

(Currently, there are 8 hospitals in the Philippines that are being helped by the Kythe Foundation. The children supported by the foundation receive a monthly stipend for their medication and some for education.)

From the first day of joining the league of public servants, the Senate Defenders team has already been supportive to the foundation.

“Ang Senate Defenders nagsimula nang tulungan ang Kythe Foundation sa Season 1 pa lang ng UNTV Cup at hanggang sa kasalukuyan po ay tuluy-tuloy ang kanilang pagtulong. Noong nag-champion sila noong Season 6, nakatanggap po ang Kythe ng P1.33 million. Hinati-hati po sa eight hospitals na affiliated sa Kythe,” the Kythe Foundation’s Child Life Coordinator recalled.

(Since the Senate Defenders joined UNTV Cup Season 1 and until now, they are continuously helping the Kythe Foundation. After they won the championship in Season 6, we received 1.33 million pesos. The cash donation was divided among the eight hospitals affiliated to the Kythe.)

“Every child battling against cancer and other chronic illnesses needs a supporter like the Senate Defenders who play with passion and inspiration at UNTV Cup.”

With this in mind, Ms. Mangurnong gratefully expressed, “On behalf of Kythe Foundation po, nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios, kay Bro. Eli at Kuya Daniel sa ganitong adhikain at sa proyekto na tumutulong po sa mga nangangailangan. At sa Senate Defenders po, sana ipagpatuloy nyo po ang magandang laro para patuloy po nating matulungan ang mga batang may sakit na nangangailangan po sa atin. Maraming salamat po sa inyo.”

(On behalf of Kythe Foundation, I thank God for Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon for this kind of advocacy and project that is helping those in need. And to Senate Defenders, I hope you continue to play well so that we can continue to help the children in need. Thank you very much.)

Written by: Raymond Lacsa