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Life is short, value every moment.
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Living with HIV - Naledi's Story. In South Africa, there are over six million cases of HIV, making it the country with the biggest HIV epidemic in the world.

Naledi Kopane is one of these six million. Living in Bloemfontein, Naledi was diagnosed with HIV when she was only four years old at a time where there was no treatment: A HIV diagnosis meant that death was inevitable.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think of Naledi's journey.

Her childhood was one filled with discrimination and exclusion on account of her condition and making a difficult situation even harder for her growing up.

Though she was able to endure these challenges, Naledi's kidneys failed in her late teenage years and she slipped into a coma for 5 months.

Despite all of these challenges, Naledi is now 22 years of age – longer than anyone expected her to live – and now simply takes each day as it comes.

Thanks in part to the support offered to her by Sunflower Children's Hospice – where Naledi now volunteers – she has been able to pull through any situation that has brought her down.

Though she spends three mornings a week on dialysis, Naledi easily gets through it thanks to her current goal: Writing a book about her life and experiences, to inspire anyone going through similar difficulties and situations.
http://ow.ly/TYMME

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Little Stars Film opened the meeting at the 1st Paediatric Palliative Care Meeting in Portugal, what an honor to have Ana Lacerda, head of the organizing committee, substituted her opening speech by one of Little Stars short movies “Why should children suffer” – the room just fell silent, overwhelmed by the need and the responsibility.

read more here.
http://ow.ly/TpMQC

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The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Festival has officially selected Little Stars: Accomplishing the Extraordinary in the Face of Serious Illness in its 2015 Festival line-up.

Little Stars tells the surprisingly life-affirming stories of young people living with life-limiting illnesses. Against the odds these youngsters are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their loved ones, working in harmony with passionate ‘palliative care’ teams.

Presented by acclaimed British actor David Suchet CBE, Little Stars is a film you will never forget. The raw power, insight and emotional honesty of this definitive human interest documentary will leave a lasting impression.

http://ow.ly/SswqI

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Little Stars: Accomplishing the Extraordinary in the Face of Serious Illness has been bestowed an enormous honor by being named a Finalist in the Life Long Learning catagory 2015 Japan Prize in a ceremony hosted by leading Japanese broadcaster NHK in Tokyo.

The Japan Prize International Contest for Educational Media is the world’s most prestigious recognition in the educational media genre.

Sue Collins, Producer of Little Stars said, “It’s really fantastic to have the project recognized in this way. One of the main goals of the project is to reach a broad audience and this recognition will drive further interest in the project.”

http://ow.ly/SsueP

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New short film out now 'Children's Palliative Care in Singapore - Jessica's Story'. Jessica is 16 years old. She and her family have moved from Indonesia to Singapore to access the medical care Jessica needs since she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

“I think in Jessica’s case and in general with the younger patients it can be quite difficult to start a conversation about end-of life, they also want that little bit of hope, and I think it is fair for them to have that hope. That hope that perhaps things can get a bit better.” Dr Yew Seng Tan, Palliative Care Doctor.

https://youtu.be/JDXjtLaMjWU

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BIG NEWS! Little Stars has won Official Selection into Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. It's the first official festival for the project so we are thrilled.

The MassIFFI.org is a worldwide event for truly independent filmmakers. The festival has screened films from all over America, Australia, Iran, Italy, Japan and many other countries.

We are delighted that Little Stars will be shown in the home state of LeeAnne Curran, whose powerful story features in the film.

If your in Boston then the Mass Indie Film Fest will screen Little Stars in Block 1 on August 26, 2015 at the Somerville Theater
55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144.

http://ow.ly/QdlvM

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Calvin's Story - Children's Hospice

"I'm so desperate for Calvin to get his independence and try to be a normal boy as much as he can," reflects Maureen Muteesa from London, the mother of 8 year old Calvin who is living with a serious illness.

Calvin's Story demonstrates the enormous positive impact that children's hospice can have on the lives of children living with serious illnesses and their families.
Please watch and share http://ow.ly/MVOlF

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We've just released the latest Little Stars short film, narrated by acclaimed British actor David Suchet CBE, it communicates some of the key principles of children's palliative care.

Regrettably, not all children are blessed with the gift of good health. In fact, there are over twenty million children around the world who have been diagnosed with potentially life-limiting conditions. Watch to learn more about the key principles of children's palliative care.
http://ow.ly/MglC0
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