A head of the family suffers from lymphoma but he is actively receiving treatment and at the same time taking up the responsibility to support the family. And now, the cancer recurred but he still holds on to hope and does not give up. He vowed to fight against cancer to the end, but he hopes that the public can help him with RM75,380, so that he can undergo an autologous bone marrow transplantation to survive!
41-year-old Foo Tong Long from Menglembu in Ipoh and his 27-year-old wife Voo Yee Jia have a seven-year-old daughter. The family lives with Tong Long’s mother. In 2019, Tong Long had a fever and swelling on his neck, and a lump was detected on his neck. After an examination, he was diagnosed with stage III lymphoma cancer. After he fell ill, he spent RM200,000 in medical treatment and chemotherapy through his insurance imbursement, the limited savings of the couple, as well as assistance from his friends and relatives.
He thought that the cancer was under control but the cancer recurred last year. And now, if needs to undergo an autologous bone marrow transplant to survive. However, he cannot afford the medical expenses at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, hence, he approached One Hope Charity for help.
Before he fell ill, Tong Long was an aluminum window installer. With a daily wage of RM70, he worked hard to support his family and take care of his mother. The husband and wife worked diligently to earn a living. Although their salaries weren’t high, the family was always happy.
During a home visit by One Hope Charity’s volunteers, it was found that Tong Long is very inspirational. Despite his health condition, he always comfort his family, and he knows very well about his responsibility as the only man in his family, which is to support the family. During his six chemotherapy treatment sessions, he could not carry heavy loads. In order to continue supporting his family, he became a hawker that sells fish head bee hoon. With the help of his mother, who is in her 70s, he earned about RM2,000 to RM3,000 a month.
Tong Long has a strong will to fight cancer, and he is a good husband, good father, and good son of his family. He can also continue his life with chemotherapy sessions, therefore, One Hope Charity decided to help him to raise the RM75,380 in medical expenses.
His wife is a clerk with a basic salary of RM1,780 a month. Her income is used for paying the house and car loan, as well as their daughter’s child care expenses. His mother helps him to manage the hawker stall, and all the income is used for the family’s meals, water and electricity bills and other miscellaneous expenses.
In an interview, Tong Long said that he is the head of his family, and he should be responsible for the entire family. Therefore, he must fight the cancer to till end to regain his health, so that he can continue to work hard, earn money, and support his family. He wants to give his family a good life, so that his elderly mother does not need to work at the stall anymore to help the family.
He said that although the relapse of the cancer hit hard on him, but he must not give up; on the contrary, he needs to be more positive and face the upcoming medical treatment with a stronger will. Therefore, he approached One Hope Charity for help, hoping to raise the medical expenses he needed, as well as to give him a hope to live.
He said that the fight against cancer is not easy. However, he will continue to stay strong and survive for the sake of his family.
【Medical Trivia: What is Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant (ABMT)】
An autologous bone marrow transplant (ABMT) is a procedure in which a patient’s healthy stem cells (blood-forming cells) are collected from the bone marrow before the bone marrow before treatment, stored, and then given back to the patient after treatment. It is known to many that allogeneic bone marrow transplantation has a good effect on acute leukemia, but most patients hardly get a suitable donor and bone marrow. In addition, it is difficult to afford as the cost of transplantation is high. (Source: Internet)
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