Urgent Fundraising – Tan Ee Xian (Leukemia)



"As long as there is a chance for treatment, there is hope for recovery. I also understand that maintaining a positive attitude is a key factor in fighting cancer, so I never have moments of emotional low. I have accepted the fact that I have cancer."

17-year-old Tan Ee Xian from Seberang Jaya, Penang, discovered he had abnormal blood indices and low platelet levels during a school blood test for thalassemia. Medical personnel immediately referred him to a government hospital for further examination.

Doctors informed him that the abnormal blood could indicate three possibilities: dengue fever, COVID-19, or leukemia. As Tan Ee Xian did not have a fever or any other symptoms, he suspected he might have leukemia. Subsequent tests confirmed he had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Fortunately, his brother was a suitable bone marrow donor, but his mother, fraught with worry, sought assistance for the medical expenses amounting to RM50,000.

【At just 17 years old, despite his young age, he has a keen interest in politics and keeps himself informed about domestic current affairs through news sources. Moreover, he has a remarkable ability to connect with people and has an extensive network of friends. Following his illness, many teachers and students visited him, deeply moved and shedding tears】

When Tan Ee Xian was in Form 4 in July 2023, medical personnel visited the school to conduct blood tests for thalassemia on all Form 4 students. Unexpectedly, the blood reports showed low indices for red and white blood cells as well as platelets. The medical staff referred the patients to a clinic for further blood tests, and the results were expected to be available in October. The doctor cautioned that if any bruising appeared before the report was ready, medical attention should be sought.

In September of the same year, bruising appeared on his legs. After ruling out injury, his single mother took him to a nearby hospital for examination. He was subsequently referred to a central hospital for bone marrow extraction. The shocking news confirmed that Tan Ee Xian was suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The doctor recommended a 7-day course of chemotherapy, which reduced the cancer cells from 58% to less than 1%, an extremely rare zero count situation.

On November 27th, he underwent a second round of chemotherapy, enduring various side effects during the treatment. The doctor suggested a bone marrow transplant, and after matching with his parents and his 23-year-old brother's bone marrow, it was ultimately decided to use his brother's bone marrow for the transplant.

Growing up in a single-parent household, his mother (45 years old), works as an accounting clerk, while his 23-year-old brother is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology at a college. Due to financial constraints, they are unable to afford the substantial medical expenses and are seeking assistance.

After a home visit and assessment, One Hope Charity decided to assist him in raising RM 50,000 for medical expenses. He agreed to entrust the fundraising activities to the One Hope Charity, which will also collect the donations. For any inquiries, can contact at hotline 04-539 9212, 016-4192 192, 019-2322 192, 018-911 4192.

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