Since 1989, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko has been running a support group for children with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and other related illnesses. Originally called Batang Kapwa (Batang K for short). ALL is a serious type of cancer that commonly affects children below ten years old. With regular treatment and follow-up, children are highly likely to survive this disease. But for families who could barely make their ends meet, treatment for ALL costs them more than an arm and a leg.
While most still considered cancer as a death sentence, modern medical science had already found ways to arrest the growth of certain types of cancers in children. Treatment may take months or years, but the chances of survival are now good.
However, for others, a child with cancer can push the entire family into poverty and despair. Mounting debt occurs as as these indigent families try to meet the needs for regular and continuous chemotherapy which can cost up to PhP40,000.00 per month. Many indigent families can not afford the critical last few months of treatment and just give up. There was, and still is, a need to help make these children cancer warriors, who fight this disease with patience, perseverance and faith. Thus a medical and social assistance program for children with curable cancers was launched.
The project continues to drum up support for: