Santa Special 2011 Party: Christmas Party with Cancer Warriors

Sunday, November 27, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 2 Comments

I’ve always wanted a grandchild from you.”

Those were the words of my grandfather to my mother before his death. He died of cancer, but nobody in our family knows exactly what type of malignancy he had. All they knew was that he had some mass in the throat or mouth area, so perhaps he had oropharyngeal cancer. Or maybe he had lymphoma.

This utter lack of awareness in my family is ironic, given how I’m now a doctor. Too bad my mother has not yet taken up Nursing when my grandfather died. But this unfortunate event does not have to happen to anyone else.

Knowledge is power. No matter how cliché that is, it remains true. We are all better for knowing. We can fight the enemy if we know its weaknesses. And when it comes to cancer, awareness is important in diagnosis and treatment. If you don’t know what to watch out for, then you don’t know when to seek medical attention. Diagnosis delayed is treatment denied, I always say.

This is why a few months ago, I asked friends and fellow bloggers to spread the word about cancer. Aside from promoting cancer awareness, “Charity Blogging for Cancer Awareness” ushered the way for a two-day event in December, to be held as a tribute to cancer warriors and survivors.

SANTA SPECIAL 2011 cancer event

On December 3 and 4, 2011, 1 to 6 p.m., I would like to pay a special tribute to everyone who has battled the Big C (cancer). I am calling this event SANTA SPECIAL 2011: A Christmas Tribute To Cancer Warriors. The event shall take place at Shift Bar, near Dig Radio Studios at R & D Building, 7615 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati.

I aim not only to promote cancer awareness, but also to spread joy through performances by magicians, mentalists, standup comics, and many other performers. And as the name of the event suggests, there shall be a special “Santa” who will go around giving gift bags to all participants.

A photo booth will be available for those who want their pictures taken. Artists will be present to make caricatures of interested cancer warriors. Food will be served. All of these are FREE, including the entrance fee.

Yes, you got that right, FREE ENTRANCE for anyone with cancer who wants to celebrate life and the coming holidays! Send a kiss 

All you need is to make reservations (because there are only 50 slots!) by emailing me at stefdelacruz (at) gmail (dot) com with the following information:

  • Name
  • Cellphone number
  • Diagnosis

All the above information will be kept confidential. Smile

I shall be posting more details about the event soon, but you can make your reservations now! (We only have 50 slots, so make sure you book early!)

To anyone who was ever diagnosed with cancer, you are cordially invited to SANTA SPECIAL 2011!

For donations (monetary or otherwise), you may contact me through the same email above. Thank you!

If you know of any indigent patients who need a little cheering up on Christmas, please ask them if they want to come. This is our tribute to them. Let’s give them a hand as they fight the battle of their lives! Invite them to SANTA SPECIAL 2011 – and let’s give them an early Christmas present. Gift with a bow

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.