Kythe 10 years

2002 marks Kythe's 10th anniversary. The two co-founders, Carmen "Icar" Castro and Fatima "Girlie Garcia never thought it would last this long. This two usually kid themselves, they've created a monster!

How did Kythe survive these years? Final answer: THE VOLUNTEERS! Yes, the countless men and women from different schools, professions, and walks of life who have unselfishly shared their time and resources with the patients and their families. Every week for the past ten years, these volunteers have laughed and played with out patients. At the playroom, you see volunteers sprawled on the floor or acting like animals. They have and are willing to ride the roller coaster five times with the kids (even if they feel like their head has been chopped off). They are also willing to don a zany outfit just to make the children smile. It is not all fun though. Our volunteers have also cried and grieved. It is not easy to be Kythe volunteer. one must possess emotional maturity, inner strength and be spiritually grounded to face the possibility of death. Only those made with strong mettle survive.

So now we pay tribute to our KYTHE VOLUNTEERS. The "men and women for others" who form the backbone of the foundation. Without YOU, Kythe will not be where it is now. To all our volunteers, we salute and thank you. May you carry the spirit of Kythe wherever you go. 

Syrine's Wishes
Junior Inquirer Saturday, July 6, 2002 by Eline Santos

Wishes do come true for this brave girl

"Syrine is the life of the 624 ward. Madaldal 'yan," said Justine Sabatam, child life specialist at Kythe. 624 is the ward for who have to undergo chemotheraphy. more

Dr. Victoria M. Abesamis

President of Kythe, was voted one of the Ten Outstanding Women of the Philippines (TOWNS). Dr. Marvie, as she is fondly called has been the moving spirit behind Kythe since day one. She continues to inspire the Kythe staff and volunteers into doing their best in order to give pediatric patients holistic care.

Fatima "Girlie" Garcia

Executive director, becames one of the first internationally recognized certified Child Life Specialist in the Philippines. Girlie, as co-founder of Kythe, opted to pursue the field of Child Life as a profession. She now has become the trailblazer for other Child Life Specialists in the Philippines

MTV's Kim and Jackson

It's been a multi-media year for Kythe and Child Life, having been featured in various newspaper and magazine articles as well as TV and radio programs, throughout 2001; like People Magazine, Liwayway, Breakfast (ANC), Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo (RPN 9), Correspondents (ABS-CBN 2), Radio DZAS even hosted a week-long programs about Kythe, Cancer, and Child Life.

Last July, Jesuit Communications Foundation produced an MTV for Kythe called "All Shall Be Well".

Kythe through its Child Life Program is now in three hospitals: East Avenue Medical Center, AFP Medical Center and Philippine Orthopedic Hospital. For 2002, Kythe aims to establish Child Life Programs in more hospitals (specifically DOH affiliated hospitals) all over the Philippines.


KYTHE Awards
Ateneo Dean’s Award for Service and Excellence

Ateneo Council of Activities Award for
Organizational Excellence (first recipient)

Pain Society of the Philippines Recognition for its Hospice Care and Pain Management

Ateneo Council of Socially Oriented Activities Award for Organizational Excellence


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