Thanh Nien brings Tet gifts to Vietnamese kids with cancer

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Thanh Nien 's Editor-in-chief Nguyen Quang Thong (2nd, right) and Novaland's finance director Phan Le Hoa (right) giving gifts to a boy being treated for cancer at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital. Photo by Nhu Lich

Thanh Nien
newspaper has teamed with Ho Chi Minh City-based real estate firm Novaland to hand over gifts to 150 children being treated for cancer at the HCMC Oncology Hospital.

It was part of a program named Xuân Yêu Thương (A Loving Spring) co-held by Thanh Nien, Novaland and the hospital’s youth union unit Tuesday (January 21).

Thanh Nien’s Editor-in-chief Nguyen Quang Thong and Novaland’s finance director Phan Le Hoa visited patients’ rooms and gave 150 gifts to the kids being treated at the Department of Pediatrics - Medicine No.3.

Worth VND1 million (US$47) in cash each, the money was provided by Novaland.

Nguyen Xuan Cuong, father of Nguyen Xuan Khoi, said his eight-year-old child had a high fever and mouth and tongue ulcers after having had chemotherapy, making him unable to eat and drink.

The boy, who hails from the central Highlands province of Kon Tum, was being treated for leukemia at the hospital, and like some other childs patients, he was lying under a sickbed due to overcrowding at the hospital.

“I and my wife will have to stay at the hospital this Tet (Lunar New Year) with him,” Cuong said. “This gift will help us partly cover his treatment fee.”

As part of the program, young volunteer team Dấu Chân Xanh (The Green Footprints) held many games and performed magic tricks to entertain kids from 2 to 3 p.m.

Most of them have lost all their hair to chemotherapy.

Many were still wearing bandages and had injuries on their bodies.

But smiles could be seen on their faces while doing the chicken dance.

The kids playing games with young volunteer team Dấu Chân Xanh. Photo by Minh Luan

Nguyen Thi Kien, 32, from the central Highlands Province of Dak Lak, said her child Nguyen Ngoc Chau, 2, has been treated for a hepatoblastoma tumor at the hospital for three months, and cried a lot due to the chemotherapy.

“I’m very happy because she enjoyed playing and forgot the pain.

“I occasionally see her happy like that,” Kien said.

Vo Nguyen Thai Lan, 22, the team leader, said: “We [his team] hope that what we did will make them happy and give them more strength in the fight against their diseases.”

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