Provide nutrition supplements to children with cancer by Cuddles Foundation

Provide nutrition supplements to children with cancer

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Reshma is winning her battle against cancer!

Reshma was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She had to undergo bone surgery and chemotherapy but her tiny and fragile body was in not ready for such intense treatment.

She is from a poor family and her parents did not have enough money to give her the food and nutrition she needed to endure the treatment. Without nutrition, the body reacts to chemotherapy like it is being poisoned. Reshma's condition only got worse over time.

She had no strength left in her hands and could not walk without a walker. She was weak, in pain and forgetting the last time she felt normal. She had lost hope of reaching there again.

When Cuddles discovered Reshma, they enrolled her in their program. They gave her a high-calorie protein-rich diet. They helped her build strength to accept the strong treatment that she needed.

Reshma gained weight and began to restore herself over time. She is still undergoing her treatment but now has a real shot at beating cancer.

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About The Program

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Therapy
Nutrition
Healthcare
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Program Description

Cuddles foundation through this program works underprivileged children suffering from cancer with focus on providing them holistic nutrition.

Close to 80% of children afflicted with cancer come from underprivileged backgrounds, and are malnourished at the time of diagnosis. Without nutrition the body cannot absorb the after-effects of chemotherapy and this leads to dropping out of treatment. If the child is underweight appropriate dosage of chemotherapy cannot be administered.

Food Heals Cancer

When children are well-nourished the side-effects such as nausea, vomiting etc are reduced and they can tolerate the cancer treatment. This helps them get better as quickly as possible.

A Cuddles nutritionist plans a diet based on the child’s malnourishment level and his medical condition. The holistic nutrition program includes a customized diet plan to ensure appropriate nutrition.

Every child gets customized diet planning and counselling as well nutritional supplements like protein powder and feeding tubes all free of cost.

When you donate to this program you will help a child fight cancer with food.

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About The NGO

Cuddles Foundation
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Cuddles Foundation

Cuddles Foundation provides holistic nutritional support to 35,000 underprivileged children fighting Cancer across India. They work with 22 government and charity cancer hospitals across 12 cities supporting them with nutritionists, food and supplements.

Nutritionists are the backbone of their service. Trained at the best institutes of the country, they are carefully chosen for their knowledge, empathy, and ability to work with children and survive in tough conditions. They are then trained in pediatric oncology by some of the best oncologists in the country at TATA Memorial Hospital.

A Cuddles nutritionist works to

- Assess a child’s malnourishment level and medical condition

- Create diet plans specific to their need and disease

- Aid them with nutritional supplements, food, monthly ration

- Monitor progress and alter food intake based on it

- Counsel moms / caregivers and educate them in home-based nutrition

Using a multi-pronged approach of nutritional counseling and diet planning, meal supplementation, ration baskets, and hot meals, they tackle a simple but ignored aspect of a child’s successful recovery from cancer.

Cuddles Foundation was recognized with the National Award for Child Welfare by the President of India in 2015-16.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Purnota Bahl

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Cancer | health

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Maharashtra

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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Program Updates

Program Updates

22 July, 2019

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Program Update

50,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in India, of which only 22% make it to hospitals for treatment 40% of the children seeking treatment are malnourished. 90% of the pediatric oncology patients come from a low socio-economic background and 45% of these children come from BPL families. 60% of these children are from the villages and smaller towns and not from the main metropolitan cities. Their parents earn meagre incomes, so they either end up living on footpaths or dharamshalas (shelter homes) 8 out of 10 children of these lose the fight against cancer because of lack of proper nutrition and guidance on nutrition. One of the reasons is that malnourished children are 5 times more likely to develop chemotherapy intolerance leading to refusal or abandonment of treatment, and resulting in death. We try to give such children a fair chance to fight cancer.

On most days, parents go without all 3 meals and sometimes so do the children. Since most of the families migrate to urban centers seeking treatment for the children, they do not have access to any source of income during treatment. They typically come to the city with meagre savings which get depleted quickly. Hence, they have no means of fulfilling the nutritional requirement of the children which is much needed to complete treatment. To help in this we provide ration to the families who have the cooking facility to ensure that they have one less thing to worry about and focus on ensuring the treatment of the child.

Story from the field

5-year old Manav (Name Changed for legal reasons) was admitted multiple times at various hospitals for his Cancer treatment. Things weren't going well for him at all, so at one point his parents abandoned his allopathic treatment and even switched to Ayurveda. That didn't help and Manav's health was beginning to clinically deteriorate further. His parents finally brought him to our partner hospital, Wadia, in Mumbai.

When we first assessed him nutritionally, Manav was diagnosed as Moderately Malnourished. He started with chemotherapy and was admitted in the ward for about a month because of complications. Due to chemo his food intake went down - what we call chemo-induced malnutrition. We closely monitored and patiently counselled him daily throughout his hospital stay. Our nutritionists would discuss and chart out nutritionally rich recipes with his mother that Manav could also enjoy. His parents diligently followed these instructions and with our combined efforts Manav's food intake started increasing. You'll be happy to know that Manav is now in maintenance and has enrolled back in school!

Even after his discharge, Manav's parents continue to follow all dietary instructions and are in touch with our nutritionists at every OPD visit. It's so amazing to see Manav run around and be the cheerful Spiderman-crazy kid that he always has been. He recently stood first in running at his school's Annual Sports Day! Thank you for feeding his hunger for life!

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?15000
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date13753
Village/City/State where project is locatedPan INdia
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1910514901
Total Expenses for the project YTD9640763

30 October, 2018

Cuddles Foundation's Update

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Good nutrition is especially important when a child has cancer. Both cancer and its treatments may affect a child's appetite, tolerance to foods, and their body's ability to use nutrients. Eating a well balanced diet before, during, and after treatment can help a child stay healthy and tolerate the treatment better. Eating well during the treatment will help the child: 1) tolerate treatment and treatment side effects 2)Stay closer to the treatment plan schedule 3) Faster Recovery 4) Have less risk of infection during treatment 5)Keep up their weight and their body's store of nutrients, thus better strength and energy. 6) Keeping up with normal growth and development.

Our supplementation program along with nutrition counseling largely helps us achieve the above in most kids. As most kids suffer from poor nutritional intake and supplementing their diet helps give a push to start feeding and improve grade of malnutrition.

In this financial year we have started our operations in two more hospitals thus reaching out to more children to nourish to fight their battle against Cancer.

Story from the field

Aditya Patel (name changed due to security issues), a 9 year old, was admitted with complain of fever, headache etc. On Investigation he was detected to have AML- a type of blood cancer. He was put on Chemo treatment. His first cycle of chemo went smoothly, but he returned in around 1 week with a complaint of fever, and severe pain in abdomen. Due to the side effects of Chemo, the child could hardly eat anything. Also, he used to cry aloud because of his abdominal pain and that's when he got detected with colitis (inflammation of the colon). He now was only meeting 20-30% of his calorie intake and his weight had reduced by1.5kgs from 20.5kgs to 19kgs. Because of his colitis doctors advised strictly, 'No food intake by mouth' for few days until the inflammation settles. The child had already lost weight and would still loose weight if no food was given by mouth. Therefore, we started him on total parenteral nutrition - which is Nutrition given through veins containing amino acids, fats and carbohydrates. The parents were not able to afford the parental feeding bag, the cost of which is around 3000 per day which is really expensive so we procured this bag at our own expense and supported the child by giving appropriate nutrition required. We kept stepping up his requirement and by day 3 his inflammation subsided and we started him on clear liquids. By day 4 his total parenteral bag was weaned off and partial parenteral was advised which contains everything except fats. The child slowly and gradually started having full liquids to soft food. by the end of his stay when he fully recovered he gained 400 grams more which is 19.4kgs. After 1 week of his follow up he was now 20kgs and intake was also appropriate according to his requirements. We could not have done this with out your help. A big thankyou from Aditya and Us for your care.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-192148
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year1214

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