Urgent Fundraising – Foo Kin Choy (Esophageal Cancer)



64-year-old optometrist Foo Kin Choy has devoted himself to his work, helping people with vision problems, but he is now facing health problems. As the family's sole breadwinner, despite being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, he endured chemotherapy's pain and side effects. He insisted on working to earn money to support his family.

And now, his cancer cells had spread, but the doctor did not give up on him. The doctor suggested he undergo targeted therapy, but this therapy is not available in government hospitals, so the doctor referred him to a cancer hospital. The specialist doctor recommended six courses of treatments, multiple blood tests and examinations, and medical consultations. His family is stretched and cannot afford the RM144,600 treatment expenses. Hence, they approached One Hope Charity for help.

【He insists on working despite suffering from terminal cancer. However, he became weak and found it hard to walk three weeks ago and has been relying on a walker. He cannot continue working to support his family, which makes Kin Choy depressed. He hopes to receive treatment as soon as possible so that he can return to the workplace】

Kin Choy from Pulau Tikus, Penang, did not suffer from any illness before this. In December 2020, he suddenly had difficulty swallowing and would vomit the food he ate. After seeing a doctor in a clinic, the doctor said he had acid reflux, but his condition did not improve after taking medicine for some time. The clinic's doctor referred him to a government hospital. After undergoing an endoscopic examination, he was diagnosed with stage III oesophageal cancer, and there were three granular in his lymph nodes. He had surgery, 23 sessions of radiotherapy and four sessions of chemotherapy.

After receiving treatment, he continued to live as usual, but his throat was constricted due to treatment, which affected his breathing and vocal cords. The doctor then placed an endotracheal tube for him in March last year to breathe smoothly and speak, but his voice is hoarse.

In August 2022, he had pain in the lumbar spine when he sat down. After a follow-up visit, the doctor told him that his cancer cells had spread to the spine and his cancer had entered the terminal stage. The doctor suggested targeted therapy, but the medical expenses were high and unavailable at government hospitals. Hence, the doctor transferred him to a cancer hospital for treatment.

Kin Choy had difficulty walking three weeks ago and needed a walker or wheelchair. He could not continue to work to support his family, so his family was stretched. His spine was very painful, and he needed morphine to relieve the pain. He also lost his appetite, and the doctor said Kin Choy needed treatment as early as possible. His legs were swollen, and his weight dropped tens of kilograms.

Kin Choy was an optometrist, earning between RM4,000 and RM5,000 a month before he fell ill. After he got sick, he endured the pain and continued working as a part-timer to make about RM2,000 a month to support the family and pays for the housing loan. His 60-year-old wife, Lim Lee Lee, is a housewife. Their 17-year-old son is a national tennis player representing Malaysia in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.

His family's income has reduced since he became a part-timer, which has affected his family's life. He relied on his EPF and his siblings to support the family, but they are all senior citizens with their own financial burdens, so his family is stretched.

As the Foo family could not afford the medical expenses, Kin Choy approached One Hope Charity for help. After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to assist Kin Choy in raising RM144,600. His family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf. Call 04-539 9212, 016-419 2192, 019-232 2192 or 018-911 4192 if you have questions.

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