Category Archives: Help wanted

The blood in your veins

Found this link at Coy’s.

I’ve been donating blood since 1995. My world history teacher, Miki Sensei, told us in class that he donated blood regularly after he had an accident where he needed blood transfusion. I became curious and when the Blood Bank had a donation drive in UM, I signed up. Even in Japan I managed to donate at least once a year.

The unit had a blood donation drive recently and most personnel took part. Personally, I guess military personnel will donate blood because who knows, they might need someone else’s blood in the future.

The video below is related to the BLOODRELATIONS project. Do watch it, and hopefully it will get you to think about this: Could you hurt someone who has your blood running through their veins?

Haiti

I saw this earlier on AC360:

My heart goes out to the baby girl. Some ways you can help Haiti here.

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I don’t work well when faced with conflict so I guess I really am not cut out to be a war correspondent or covering a natural disaster. However, I might make it as a volunteer as long as it’s not in a medical-related capacity. Angkat barang, pegang kamera, masak nasik boleh la.

Meme: Save Yvonne’s sight

The lawyer tagged me.
Here goes:

Twenty-two year old Yvone has a rare genetic disease – neurofibromatosis type 2 – that causes benign tumours to grow in her brain, spine and along her peripheral nerves – since she was 16. The disease is incurable.

Yvonne has survived several surgeries to remove tumours – one on her spine and the rest on her brain. She is now semi-paralysed on her face, deaf, partially blind, has poor balance and a stiff right leg. Right now she needs to undergo yet another surgery.

Yvonne, who runs a blog (www.yvonnefoong.com) is the author of I’m Not Sick, Just A Bit Unwell, (picture), has been raising money on her own to pay for her operations, is losing her eyesight. The operation is due in December and once again she needs to raise funds for it. The cost of the surgery is USD44,000 (RM154,770) and the cost of her hospital stay for two weeks is USD915 or RM3219.

She has already raised RM10,000 of this but obviously still has a long way to go. She’s hoping to raise the rest by republishing her book I’m Not Sick, Just A Little Bit Unwell in English and Chinese.The books are now available in Malaysian bookshops and from her website store. She is also selling T-shirts at bazaars and via her store. You can read about her surgery and donate to her fund here.

Yvonne Foong is in danger of losing her eyesight thanks to neurofibromatosis (NF). Please find out how you can help her by visiting her blog at http://www.yvonnefoong.com.

You can also help by sending on this meme. If you do, please follow these meme rules:

1. Create a blog entry titled “Meme: Save Yvonne’s Sight”

2. List three things you love to see. Add in the picture of Yvonne’s book cover. The URL is http://www.yvonnefoong.com/images/banner/my-story.jpg

3. End with the line, “Yvonne Foong is in danger of losing her eyesight thanks to neurofibromatosis (NF). Please find out how you can help her by visiting her blog at http://www.yvonnefoong.com.”

4. Tag 5 blog friends. Be sure to copy the rules, OK?

5. If you have a Facebook account, please check out Ellen’s new invention, a “feme” pronounced FEEM, a meme designed for Facebook. And if you want to blog about NF, that would be great too! (I’m not on FB so I have no idea what’s this about)

I’ve met this young lady a few years back, and owns a copy of her book. From her blog and book, I gathered that she is one gutsy person who has not stopped fighting to get better. Like Davie’s kids, Yvonne has good and bad days and I hope she’ll be able to raise the funds for the surgery to have more better days.

The three things I love to see are:

1. A set of shelves stacked with books
2. Vintage Mini (Cooper or otherwise) cars on the road
3. Faces of my favourite people

You’re tagged!
Cocoy
Dr. Mafeitz
That James of Loopy Meals
Tony G
Sashi

Urgent: Medicine supply needed

I’m spreading the word, hopefully one (or more) of you good people can help. This is from Davie’s:

An 8 year old girl, Ng Yee Lin is currently admitted at UKM Medical Centre. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukimia (ALL) in June 2009. She was started on chemotherapy (UK ALL 97-Regimen A). After 2 weeks of started the chemotherapy, she developed recurrent fever and discovered that she developed disseminated fungal infection ( due to her body’s low immunity ). Her chemotherapy was withheld and she was started on anti-fungal treatment.Unfortunately, anti-fungal treatment is required for prolonged time ( 2-3months duration , depending on patient’s response ) and it is very costly ( as it is not subsidized by the hospital )
The description above is actually copied from Doctor’s letter.

Basically she needs help to get the supply of medication.

Details of her medication:
Name of medication : Intravenous Caspofungin
Quantity : 25 bottles
Cost : RM22,950.00

With an adequate anti-fungal treatment, most patients will recover and can continue with their chemotherapy.

Her dad is working as technician, and her mom had to stop work to take care of her. They had spend more than RM20k for the past 2 months. Now, they cannot afford to pay for the medication.

We are trying our best to get help from various people/organization. Now, as I am composing this note, this girl has medicine for 4 days ( treatment with this expensive medication started today ).By Monday, there is still no allocation for the medication. She needs another 26 days of supply.

A big fan of Naruto, she smiles a lot, but hardly talk. But, there was a day, she looked at me and said ” Terima kasih kakak”

Those who would like to help, please contact me and I will direct you to the doctor in charge.

May Allah bless you all..