Urgent Fundraising – Tan Kok Heng (Lung Cancer)



Illness Strikes Without Warning. Just as the head of the family was preparing to pass the burdens of life onto his children's shoulders, he was struck by the sudden onset of cancer. Doctors once declared that he had only 3 to 6 months to live. After undergoing drug treatment, his condition gradually stabilized. However, the tumor spread again, pressing on his spinal nerves. Post-surgery tests revealed a rising cancer screening index, necessitating continued medication to suppress the cancer cells.

Tan Kok Heng, from Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur, began experiencing back pain in October 2022. Initially, he thought it was just a muscle strain from daily activities. After visiting the doctor, he received pain relief injections and took painkillers, but the pain persisted, troubling him for a long time.

After enduring this for several months, he could no longer bear the pain. His family took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with lung cancer, with signs of spreading to the brain.

【The body had once stabilized, but cancer cells suddenly proliferated in the spine, necessitating surgery to remove vertebrae】

Despite facing a countdown to his life, 54-year-old Tan Kok Heng and his family did not give up. They fought cancer with targeted therapy medication. As his condition stabilized, he was discharged and continued his recovery at home. They hoped the oral medication would be enough to control the cancer cells. However, by February, he began to feel weakness and numbness in his lower limbs, and dizziness while walking, leading him to think there was a problem with his spine.

Upon further examination, doctors discovered cancer cells had spread to his spine and were pressing on his nerves. He underwent surgery to remove four vertebrae to prevent the tumor from further compressing his nerves and affecting his mobility. Post-surgery, he had to wear a brace and stay in the hospital for three weeks.

When he returned home in April to recuperate, he often felt discomfort after meals, frequently vomiting and struggling to walk more than a few steps. His body was exhausted. Further tests showed his cancer screening CEA index had skyrocketed from 50 to 240. Doctors advised his family to continue the targeted therapy medication while considering other treatment options.

Tan Kok Heng, an electrician, and his wife have four children. They had hoped that once their youngest daughter graduated, he could retire, and their three older children, already working, could help support the family. The sudden onset of illness caught the family off guard. Although they had some savings to rely on for a while, his health's unexpected decline left them struggling to cope.

After reviewing their case, One Hope Charity decided to help raise the required medical expenses of RM 54,700. Tan Kok Heng and his family entrusted One Hope Charity with the fundraising campaign and the collection of donations. For any inquiries, please contact One Hope Charity's hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-4192 192, 019-2322 192, or 018-911 4192.

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