Dr. Victoria M. Abesamis, pediatric oncologist and head of the Turmor Clinic at East Avenue Medical Center Quezon City, thought of forming a multi-disciplinary team to treat children with cancer.

Carmen "Icar" Castro and Fatima O. Garcia, two psychology graduate students from Ateneo de Manila University, formed the volunteer group called Kythe to be part of the multi-disciplinary team. Kythe's role was to address the psychosocial needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Kythe Inc. was duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-stock, non-profit corporation.

Kythe systematized care for pediatric cancer patients in East Avenue Medical Center through its Child Life Program.

Kythe expanded its Child Life Program services to pediatric patients in the Pediatric, Surgery, Orthopedic, Opthamology and EENT ward at East Avenue Medical Center.

Kythe shared its expertise in establishing a Child Life Program in the pediatric ward of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC) at V. Luna Quezon City.

Allan Cabisaga, took his Child Life Internship at New Children's Hospital, Westmead Australia and Fatima Garcia took her Child Life Internship at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Hospital, USA.

Fatima Garcia passed the Child Life Professional Certification Examination of the Child Life Council and is considered one of the first Certified Child Life Specialists in the Philippines.



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