by GyL Ledezma Ducruet
Note from the Editor: “Bocas es amor,” was the campaign and the love was spread all over the archipelago of Bocas del Toro when the organization Fanlyc came to the island to explore, to enjoy the most important things that life has to oﬀer while inspiring hope in the condition of children aﬀected by Cancer. Life is precious and the campaign was a reminder to us all to value every moment as it comes. Much respect to all involved for such an important and impactful initiative. Here is Fundraising Director Gyl Ledezma with the details of this year’s activities.
The Summer Camp is organized yearly for children with cancer from ages 11 to 18 years old. It’s the ﬁrst time that we come to Bocas, the ﬁrst time that some of the children see the ocean, ride on a boat or airplane and travel far away from their parents. Every year we take them to diﬀerent places that help them value the meaning of life. We have visited Boquete, Contadora, el Valle, Portobelo, Ocú, Santa Clara and many more places.
The project consists of giving the children reasons to move on, teach them that the power of healing many times is in their minds and that they have everything that they need in order to be happy. This camp began 16 years ago and every year it has increased it’s standards. Bocas was our dream… This year the experience was incredible, the theme for this camp was Bocas es Amor (or Bocas is Love) and we prepared a itinerary where they could experience the best of Isla Colon and Carenero. The theme of the ﬁrst day was love for the place, the second day- love for nature, the third day love for the people and lastly: love for life.
Fanlyc is a non-proﬁt foundation that is dedicated to helping girls and boys with cancer, covering the costs of the support programs which are medications, transportation (fare back and forth to their homes) and housing in the city when they have to get their treatments as well as food for as long as their illness lasts.
Fanlyc also has a psychiatric department that does the necessary follow-up so that no child that is diagnosed abandons their treatment.
Some of the activities that took place in the camp were:
- Physical Exercise: Physical Exercise: Yoga with Leah (see page 4 for her schedule), Boot Camp con Bianca along with biking, kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboarding and games
- Food: We went to Munchies Burger Bar, Paki Point, a delicious lunch in Gran Kahuna and Yarisnori. In Aqua Lounge at JJ’s Real Food, JJ himself oﬀered what the kids deemed as “the best snack ever!”
- Stress management: We went to the Plastic Bottle Village for a workshop of recycled art, painting coconuts, saying hi to nature and we learned to take care of the ocean.
- Spiritual: We learned about Tibetan meditation with Tom O’Flaherty; practicing breathing and the love for nature in all of our activities.