SCENE CITY| A ball for hope

EARLY in December, the children from the House of Hope were featured at a dinner for a cause sponsored by the friends of Dr. Mae Dolendo and Southern Philippines Medical Center.

 The event was held at the Grand Regal Hotel on Dec. 2 where the guests were dressed for a ball and the cancer patients presented a choral number for the donors at the formal dinner for a cause.

CHILDREN with cancer from the House of Hope perform for guests at the dinner for a cause

CHILDREN with cancer from the House of Hope perform for guests at the dinner for a cause

 Fund raiser was Cheryl Leilani Mandap Gomez.

 Rep. Weslie Gatchalian, a representative of the Gatchalian family, and Bryan Yves Lasala, hotel manager of Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, personally handed a P1 million check donation to the House of Hope Foundation for Kids with Cancer during its annual Survivors Day held last Dec. 9, 2017, Saturday at the Ateneo de Davao University.

DR. Mae Dolendo, Pediatric Oncologist from the House of Hope Foundation attends the Ball for a Cause fund raising dinner with Fatima-Inderah D. Dismomba and other officers from the House of Hope Foundation

DR. Mae Dolendo, Pediatric Oncologist from the House of Hope Foundation attends the Ball for a Cause fund raising dinner with Fatima-Inderah D. Dismomba and other officers from the House of Hope Foundation

 Usec. Melchor V. Quitain delivered the message of President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte, who could not attend the celebration.

HOUSE of Hope Foundation officers with Arleen San Jose-Aportadera – Treasurer of the House of Hope Foundation, Fatima Inderah D. Dismomba and Jennifer Romero of WDIH

HOUSE of Hope Foundation officers with Arleen San Jose-Aportadera – Treasurer of the House of Hope Foundation, Fatima Inderah D. Dismomba and Jennifer Romero of WDIH

 This year marks the decade-old partnership between Waterfront Davao and the House of Hope. Over the years, the management laid out initiatives for the benefit of the foundation under their corporate social responsibility program. Proceeds from hotel offers and promotions were donated to the beneficiaries for their much-needed treatment fund.

REP. Weslie Gatchalian donates P1 M to the House of Hope, together with Bryan Yves Lasala of the Waterfront Davao Insular Hotel, DSWD Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco

REP. Weslie Gatchalian donates P1 M to the House of Hope, together with Bryan Yves Lasala of the Waterfront Davao Insular Hotel, DSWD Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco

 According to Dolendo, resources for childhood cancer treatment in Mindanao are limited and providing holistic cancer care continues to be a challenge.

CHILDREN from the House of Hope attend Survivors Day 2017

CHILDREN from the House of Hope attend Survivors Day 2017

 As of today, the Southern Philippines Medical Center is the only medical facility in the region with a Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit and a multidisciplinary team that can respond to their needs.

SURVIVORS Day held at Martin Hall, Ateneo de Davao University

SURVIVORS Day held at Martin Hall, Ateneo de Davao University

 Every year, about 100 to 150 patients come to seek for treatment that spans a number of months to years. As most of them are indigent, with no place or family to stay with, the transient home was built through a project of the Rotary Club of Waling-Waling Davao in coordination with the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund.

 In recent years, the survival rate for children with pediatric cancer has increased from 10% to 50%. The ‘Kids of Hope’, or the beneficiaries of all programs and initiatives under the foundation’s advocacy, represent a coming together – of people, families, communities and sectors in working together to provide the best possible chances for children with cancer.

CHILDREN sing during the Survivors Day program

CHILDREN sing during the Survivors Day program

 The Gatchalians’ Waterfront Philippines (WPI) is an investment holding company for hotel, leisure and tourism businesses. It primarily operates through its chain of hotels – Waterfront Pavilion Hotel and Casino (Manila), Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino (Cebu), Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino (Mactan) and Waterfront Insular Hotel (Davao).

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