Monday, July 4, 2011

Beauty from Within

I remembered when I was in University, I had a friend who was also a president of his singing club. Having a outgoing personality and a humble character, he made many friends. Having scored in most of his exams which was quite a remarkable achievement since University of London's exam structure is such that you only have 1 exam to determine your score for the module. It is like spending that whole year to study and attend lectures and thats it! One exam for each subject to determine your fate. He was indeed quite smart. However, he stopped coming for classes and had to stop managing his club for while. It was until then that I had an encounter of how cancer could just strike at any moment without warning.

He could not attend classes as he was too weak to go for classes and always having to vomit and feeling depressed because he could not do what he loved. Losing hair was also one of the most obvious change. Good thing he is a guy, cause he still look quite sty-lo being bald. Well, he used to look very fit, but when I visited him in hospital, he was so weak and fragile.

When I saw him at graduation, I felt really happy for him that he made it through. However, this may not be the case for some children who has been told they are suffering from cancer. And what about the parents who have been told that their child of 11 years old is diagnose with leukemia.

When it comes to contracting major sickness and living in Singapore, medical expenses is one the most crucial priority, the patient and his family has to bear. And having to deal with the overload of information and jargon that the doctors and specialist bombarded you with. It can be quite overwhelming.

This is where, the Children's Cancer Foundation dedicates their services to help kids and their parents to understand with such situation and helping them in their emotional, social and medical well-being.

You can help by donating or like my bestie, Jorlyn, who courageously shaved her head in bid to raise funds by showing encouragement to the kids.

Some might ask, why shave the head? Well Hair for Hope, an organization that has succeeded its 9th year campaign to raise awareness of childhood cancer in Singapore, to show children with cancer and their families that they are not alone in their fight against cancer. And to raise funds to help children with cancer and their families.

I don't think I would be able to shave my head, but I showed my support by donating! So I hope you can too! Every dollar donated, helps a child to go through this with strength. 

Please click here to support! I want to donate! Her aim is to raise $10,000!
You may view the details of this campaign at Children Cancer Foundation

Love, Ariel

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