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Youths Day Out

21 November 2020 marked BTSS first youths’ outing at Jewel Changi Airport.  Adhering to the current COVID19 restrictions on social gatherings, the 10 youths were split into 2 groups and led by Qin Han and Leonard.  After meeting up at Changi Airport MRT station, the 2 groups proceeded to the Canopy Park at Jewel.  Canopy Park, as well as, the rest of Jewel, was decked in Christmas decorations which added wondrous festive cheer.  The youths explored the various attractions in Canopy Park in their own groups, and then proceeded for lunch after much walking.  Time passed fast and before long, the youths had to say goodbye to one another.

(We hope this is the first of many more outings for our youths, and we hope they find strength in one another and build lasting friendships.)

 

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Birthday Blessing for Cheryl

 

BTSS celebrated member Cheryl’s birthday today with the delivery of a cake by longtime volunteer Kim and staff Jackie.  We were warmly greeted by Patricia, Cheryl’s sister, who was thankful for us celebrating Cheryl’s 41st birthday.  Cheryl loves being around people and she also loves We Bare Bears!  The room was cheerfully decorated with We Bare Bears’ balloons, posters and sweet treats.  Though she spoke few words, we could feel that Cheryl getting at ease with us as she allowed Kim to pamper her.

The intention was to bless Cheryl with a simple birthday cake, but I left the hospice all toasty and warm.  The extent that Patricia went to make Cheryl’s birthday all about her favourite character showed the bond between the sisters runs deep and strong.  I am reminded that bliss is always there when you look harder.  Thank you Cheryl and Patricia!
~ Jackie

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BTSS Goes Jalan Jalan

As our nation takes steady steps to open up, BTSS would like to invite you to step out and enjoy Singapore!
 
We are organising 3 tours for you and your family to participate (with safety guidelines observed). Each family can choose ONE of the 3 tours available – Kampong, Chinatown or Changi Airport. The tours run for about 2-3 hours in the morning. You can find out more about these tours here:
 
To indicate your interest, please fill in the Google Form provided by this link
https://forms.gle/h1ebYaXQShMS6HFE9 and complete by 11 Nov 2020. Please call/WhatsApp Jackie at 8738-5669 if you have any questions.
Hope to see you all soon!
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BTSS x Solaris Games Day 7 Sep 2020

A group of student volunteers from Hwa Chong Institution turned an otherwise quiet September school holiday fun for our young BTSS members.  On 7 September 2020, 9 of our children participated in a virtual games event specially designed by the volunteers.  Through the games, they went around the world, challenged one another in a “Where’s Wally?” type of hunt and mused over the varied riddles thrown at them.  As an observer of the event, I found myself having fun and felt like a kid all over again.  Big THANK YOU to Ian, Bingyan, Dylan, Wen Yao and Yi Zhong!

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BTSS feature in Singapore Health newspaper

This article appears in the September-October 2020 issue of Singapore Health newspaper, a Singapore General Hospital and SingHealth publication.

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BTSS Celebrates National Day 2020

Not wanting their National Day to quietly slipped away, a group of our young beneficiaries jumped onto the Zoom platform to partake in virtual games organized by our amazing volunteers.  The volunteers brought them through landmarks of Singapore with a guessing game and guided them through a digital drawing session to see who could draw the Merlion best.  More fun ensued when they tried to outwit each other in digital Pictionary.  Though most of the kids were camera and microphone shy, their inhibitions were loosened up through the constant virtual chats, and 2.5 hours went by too quickly.

BIG thank you to our volunteers for making this National Day special for us!

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Fun Zoom activities for kids

Held over 3 days (26, 27 and 29 May 2020), a group of enthusiastic volunteers led our kids through a series of activities on the Zoom platform.  Through games like Drawasaurus, Pictionary and Hangman, these sessions were a much-needed break from the doldrums of the stay-home season that everyone is in.  Though initially reserved, the kids managed to break out of their shells and became at ease with one another through the 3 sessions.  Thank you so much Ira, Aakriti, Ayush, Tanisha, Sumithra and Ms Padma!

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BTSS Inaugural e-Forum

‘Healthcare for Brain Tumour Patients during COVID-19 Crisis’. 😷👨‍⚕

If you missed our first e Forum on 16 May 20, you can access a recording of this informative dialogue on

https://youtu.be/goAo6RU2NBM

BTSS thanks our medical advisors, Dr Enrica Tan (KKH), Dr Kevin Chua (NCCS), Dr David Low (NNI), Prof Yeo Tseng Tsai and Dr Vincent Nga (NUH) for taking the time to enlighten us on how Singapore hospitals are adapting to provide a good quality of care to brain tumour patients while also ensuring our well being during the COVID-19 crisis.

BTSS also want to thank those who have take the time to ‘attend’ the eForum. We are encouraged to hear that many of you found the session informative and helpful 🤩

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Be a Mathemagician!

BTSS was privileged to have coach Priya spend a morning with 10 of our kids on 21 May 2020 over ZOOM video conferencing.  It was a break from this unique lull school holiday season.  In over an hour, coach Priya showed and taught the kids the mathematics behind a trick.  Even though this was the first time that a BTSS kids event has been held virtually, there was little hiccups and everyone participated actively.  It was a productive morning and the kids can’t wait for their second session with coach Priya next week!  Thank you coach Priya for sharing your love for BTSS!

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Telephone Support Group – 18 April 2020

We will be having our fourth session of BTSS Telephone Support Group meeting this Saturday, 18 April, at 9 a.m.  If you would like to join us, please let us know via phone 8738 5669 or email admin@braintumoursociety.org.sg.  This will be a good platform for all newly diagnosed patients to connect to our community.

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