The CANSA TLC Durban Lodge has 3 family bedrooms where a child and his / her family can stay while he / she is receiving cancer treatment in Durban. A total of 8 people can be accommodated. There is a self-catering kitchen for meal preparation, a comfortable family lounge and laundry facilities are available.
- Laundry facility
- Self-catering kitchen for meal preparation
- Comfortable family lounge
- Initial needs assessment at first meeting in hospital and information, emotional support and counselling for parents and children
- Information sessions (cancer warning signs and symptoms, dietary information and education, pain and symptom control and ‘end of life’ care)
- Children’s educational and one-on-one play activities are offered to children in Netcare Parklands and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital through the help of wonderful volunteers
- Prosthetic support
- Assistance with food and toiletry parcels where necessary
- Referral to KZN CANSA Care Centres close to parents’ homes for continued support after treatment
- Follow up home visits if requested by family
- Bereavement counselling
- Community and school awareness programmes to educate about childhood cancer, how to support a child with cancer and the importance of a balanced lifestyle
Nelendree Naidoo (mother of 5 yr old boy diagnosed with Leukemia): “I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for what CANSA TLC has done for my family. We live far away from Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital and spending time with my little one who is in hospital was becoming difficult as we had nowhere to stay. Being able to stay at the CANSA TLC Lodge in Durban meant that we could spend at least 1 day with him a week and then return to Port Shepstone for another week of work. It has been so difficult to be away from him. The CANSA staff are always so welcoming and it feels just like home. Thank you CANSA TLC for helping us in our time of need, we are blown away by your generosity.”
Nokwethemba Ndkazi Dlamini (11 yrs diagnosed with Bilateral Nephroblastoma): “I have found a home away from home at the CANSA Durban TLC Lodge. My Mom and I have felt love and care from the staff here. They treat us very well and I am eating healthy food and enough food. I like staying here and am happy.”
Please contact the CANSA Durban Care Centre, tel: 031-205 9525.
About CANSA’s TLC Durban Lodge
On the 11th November 2014 a pre-launch was held at the CANSA Durban Care Centre. The Lodge officially opened its doors in March 2015.
We wish to acknowledge sponsors and all who negotiated on our behalf to convert this space into such a beautiful haven:
- SAAB in Centurion and FNB donated furniture to convert this space in a high quality home-away-from-home.
- City Couriers was the main sponsor of this event donating R110 000-00 to enable us to turn this run down section of office into a homely space. City Couriers transported all of the furniture from Gauteng to Durban free of charge, and their staff helped us prepare for the launch.
- Conrite Walls sponsored R20 000-00 and Chemspec Paints generously donated all of the paint for the area valued at R25 000-00.
- Bonita Suckling from Rainbows and Smiles donated R9 000-00 to go towards all of the extra’s needed to decorate and make it feel homely and all of our kitchen items and our brand new stove.
- Zebbies Lighting sponsored all of our lighting, globes and fittings.
- Mr Price Home and Sheet Street were amazing, donating bedding; pictures; kitchen goods and utensils.
- The Moethelah Family donated R8 000-00 for all the burglar bars and other extra’s needed.
- Classic Trading donated all of our sinks, taps, hoses and bath.
- ADD Construction gave us a R20 000-00 discount on their fee and OWA Ceiling Systems gave us a R10 000-00 discount on dry walling.
We would like to thank every single person that offered their time, effort, kindness, painting and sanding skills. Thanks to those who helped us crack off tiles, paint skirting boards, clean floors, neaten the garden, make the beds and decorate the rooms. Every single one of you made a difference.
CANSA’s TLC Programme
Learn more about CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme…
Parents, families, and guardians can also join our Facebook Support Group: CANSA TLC – Childhood Cancer Support, to connect with others in a similar position.
Says Portia Masango, whose son was diagnosed with cancer: “Today marks exactly one year since my then 5 year old was diagnosed with cancer. I can still see Dr Khoza’s face when she said, ‘I’m afraid I’m gonna have to admit Tshegofatso, I need a CT scan done on him tomorrow, cos I suspect he has cancer.’
We were in Mankweng, a strange place, with no one we know around. The reality of it all never really hit me until we got transfered to Steve biko Academic. Then I got to understand what having a child with cancer means. Chemo, the nausea, loss of appetite, losing weight, being weak, sometimes feeling so helpless, feeling like just screaming. Being anxious, asking yourself: is he going to make it? The hope I had after completing the chemo cycles, only to do the CT scan and learn that the tumor was still there! Yet somehow having the strength to still go on.
Today, a year later, I’m grateful for every thing thus far: being able to attend school without major problems, just the occasional bleeding here and there, his glowing face despite chemo, still being able to play, slowly gaining back the weight, and the support from the CANSA TLC Childhood Cancer Facebook Support Group. It’s much easier when you talk to people who really understand what your talking about!”
Be a Gift to a Child in Need:
Please consider making a donation towards supporting our TLC programme so that we can help more children and families. Donations will assist with the provision of prosthetic support (children who have lost an eye or limb); the provision of wheelchairs; pain control implants and medical equipment. Food, clothing and toiletry donations are always welcome…