A Cure for cancer can’t be gift wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree. That’s impossible even for Santa Claus to do. However, helpers of the magnanimous man from the North Pole can make sure that cancer’s youngest fighters, and the families that fight with them, shall have a merry Christmas nonetheless.
That’s exactly what a local foundation together with its sponsors and donors did—both in providing that holiday cheer and making sure to put a smile on every kid’s face.
Childhaus, a temporary shelter for cancer-stricken children is beauty expert and philanthropist Ricky Reyes’ project which he started as his way of paying forward or passing on to others his good fortune and success that he has achieved in life.
Together with his friends who have always supported the needs and welfare of the residents of Childhaus, Reyes organized its annual Christmas Party for the kids and their families on December 4.
This year’s celebration saw Santa Claus, Batman with Ironman, the Star Wars characters and a magic show to the delight of the children. Aside from the sumptuous food, there were lots of presents from donors and sponsors putting smiles all over their faces.
The most significant and touching part of the day were the presentation of the graduates and the appearance of Dirk Ruano who has just been given his new leg courtesy of the Rotary Club of Commonwealth in Quezon City. Dirk expressed his gratitude most especially to their “Kuya Hans” Sy and Mother Ricky for being instruments to his being able to walk again.
A special performance by the kids together with singer Kris Lawrence was widely applauded. Upcoming singing sensation LA Santos rendered a few songs as well.
Aside from the family of Childhaus patriarch Hans Sy, active partners, guests and sponsors who have given their time to celebrate with the kids include Wilma Galvante, Darling De Jesus, Tates Gana, Aiza Mercado, Flor Santos, Fred Villamayor, Millie Reyes, Robert Mendoza, Eric Ang, Nerissa Cabalan, Abby Ramos, Eliza Aurelio and Jun Gao.
“It is very heartwarming to see my kids here at Childhaus enjoying the simple celebration we prepared for them. Rest assured that I, together with your ninongs and ninangs, will be here for you all the way,” Reyes said.
With a relentless spirit and dedication to improving the lives of every Childhaus cancer patient and their families, Ricky Reyes looks forward to a better and more prosperous 2017.