Urgent Fundraising – Lai Yong Jiun (Acute Myeloid Leukemia)



*This case will channel RM30,000 from the "Emergency Medical Reserve Fund". Hence, One Hope Charity will only launch fundraising of RM170,000 for this case.*

He has a well-built body and a successful career. He owns a happy family with a wife and a pair of children. However, an illness destroyed his happy family and took away the laughter from his home, and the family fell into misery.

39-year-old Lai Yong Jiun from Bukit Mertajam, Penang, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). The doctor advised him to undergo bone marrow transplantation, but he needed to find suitable bone marrow through overseas bone marrow banks. His expected medical expenses cost RM200,000. He has no other choice but to seek help from One Hope Charity.

【After falling ill, Yong Jiun became a frequent visitor to the hospital. He often in and out of the hospital, which affects not only his work but also his family’s income, leading to financial difficulties】

Yong Jiun used to pay more attention to his diet due to his medical history of gastric. In October 2021, he lost his appetite and experienced gastric and stomach wind. His body weight dropped from 110kg to 80kg. He sought medical treatment many times, but the doctors only prescribed him painkillers. His condition worsened after that, and he even vomited blood.

He then went to the gastroenterology department at a specialist hospital to undergo a gastroscopy. The result showed that it was not a gastrointestinal problem, but his blood test report revealed that his red and white blood cells and blood platelet counts were low. After a thorough examination, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. The specialist hospital referred him to a government hospital for further treatment.

The doctor advised him to undergo a bone marrow transplant. While searching for a suitable bone marrow match with him, Yong Jiun must go to the hospital for chemotherapy once every six weeks to prevent the cancer cells from spreading. In the past, his treatment was covered by insurance, but the claims had reached its limit.

Yong Jiun was originally a steel factory manager with a salary of RM5,500 a month. He had to stop work since over a year ago after he became ill. His 39-year-old wife, is a clerk in a logistics company, earning RM2,000 a month. The couple needs to pay for their housing and car loans. They have exhausted their savings, and now, they are struggling to make ends meet.

After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity agreed to assist in raising the required medical expenses. In addition, the wife will also need to stop working temporarily to care for the husband for three months after the bone marrow transplant. Therefore, One Hope Charity decided to raise a total of RM200,000 to cover the medical and living expenses of Yong Jiun. The family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect the donations on their behalf.

For questions, call 016-419 2192 or 019-232 2192.

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