Lung cancer and breast cancer had the highest mortality rates in males and females respectively. Lung cancer accounted for 27.6 per cent of cancer deaths among males in Singapore and breast cancer accounted for 17.9 per cent of cancer deaths among females.
Of late, a lot of my friends and relatives seemed to be down with this dreadful disease. My father-in-law has left us end of 2009 due to Lung Cancer. Shortly, my brother-in-law was hit by Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer. I'm quite sure that was probably the most difficult times of his life, but Andrew fought the battle fiercely, both mentally and physically. It has been 4 long years, and it's painful seeing him going in and out of the hospital for his chemo sessions.
Andrew and his supportive wife put up a brave front, never asking for help even thought they were financially strapped with savings all wiped out because of his years of treatment. Due to the sickness, Andrew is unemployed and his loving wife is just working as a baby-sitter since she needs to take care of her hubby. Nonetheless, they still lead a happy and cheerful life. I'm so proud of them!
Just last month, another friend also came down with cancer - Stage 4 Prostrate Cancer. Raymond needed 6-course of cancer treatments and each time is about SGD 5K! The medical fees in Singapore is crazy! As the saying goes, you can afford to be poor but you can't afford to be sick.
Fortunately for him, our small group of friends managed to raise SGD 12K for his first 2-course of treatments. However, his wife couldn't take the stress and broke down, leaving 2 young daughters to fend for themselves.
Unlike Andrew who fought the battle alone, Raymond is lucky enough to have this group of caring friends who set up a support group in What's App. There, we encouraged him and gave him morale support; everyone in the chat put in effort to help the family, especially when his two gals are sitting for PSLE and GCE "O" Level this year, two very crucial examinations. It's very inspiring and I was deeply touched by our friends' gestures.
A sudden thought came through one morning as I was really concerned for the 2 little gals. Since I'm always getting goodies from my lovely sponsors, why not have these wonderful goodies sent to these families as well?
So I asked 5 of my sponsors which I thought their products may be beneficial for the cancer patients, and all 5 responded in good faith and without hesitation. Few of these sponsors and PRs are those I've worked with very closely for quite a few years already.
Knowing my humble brother-in-law will turn down all offers, I went ahead anyway to request for products to be sent to him as well since I'm writing for Raymond's family. I actually had a hard time trying to persuade Andrew to accept the goodwill from the sponsors, but I'm really glad he finally did.
Here are the product photos sent to me by the two happy families (sponsors in alphabetical order:
Included in the hamper is the BRAND’S® Essence of Mushroom, which has anti-cancer properties and helpful in terms of boosting immunity. BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken will be helpful in reducing their tiredness and regaining energy.
6 months supply of delicious ready-made food from CP Foods, delivered on a monthly basis!! Paying close attention to the freshness of ingredients at every stage to ensure customers get the best quality products, it's yummy food from one of the world's finest production facilities!
I love Flenco's products with their unique blend of Asian oils and Chinese medicine. These spa items are very uplifting, and I thought the Dead Sea minerals with the essential oil may help to relieve the stress of the patients especially after their hospital treatments.
Coincidentally, Flenco also teams up with Lebanese climber Henry Saliba to fight cancer in his 'Climbing for Hope - Andes 2014' expedition. With every set of candles you purchase, one candle goes to the sick child as a gift of 'hope' and the other will go to you and your child as representation of solidarity and oneness! Proceeds will go towards the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon's (CCCL) cancer fund to help these beautiful souls fight this sick disease.
Maggi / Nestle
I'm sure a lot of us have grown up with Maggi noodles, an international brand of instant soups, stocks, bouillon cubes, ketchups, sauces, seasonings and instant noodles. Don't you just love Maggi noodles?
As the leading Food, Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company, Nestlé is the provider of the best food for whatever time of day and for whatever time of your life. Do you know that Nestlé launched in several countries such as France, United Kingdom and Russia "Good Nutrition Programs" to help children adopt healthy nutrition habits as a component of a healthy lifestyle?
Using only natural flavours that are plant based extracts, NuStevia products help the patients prepare healthier " No-Sugar" menu items. These natural flavours do not contain any MSG (monosodium glutamate) or any other “natural flavours” that are known to cause allergic reactions in the body. Not sure it it's true, I heard that cancer patients cannot take sugar. So these NuStevia products certainly come in handy!
A special thanks to all the wonderful sponsors and PRs who responded promptly to my call! Thanks so much for your hardwork and kind gestures in getting the go ahead! You guys rock!
Early detection saves lives! Going for regular screening is often the best way to guard against cancer. So if you're born in 1964 and turning 50 this year, you'll receive an invitation letter from Health Promotion Board to receive free Cancer screenings! Have you gotten yours yet?
Call to make an appointment at any of the selected Polyclinics or Radiologic Clinic! * If you are not born in 1964, you may be charged SGD 50 for Singaporeans and SGD 75 for Permanent Residents. Valid till 31st December 2014.
Thanks again for the tremendous effort, including those in the What's App support group for Raymond! I'm really glad that Raymond's wife has already recovered and is back to work, while Raymond's body is receptive to the treatments and is also back to his office with light duties. As for Andrew, he's still coping with his illness, and going for his regular check-ups.
Andrew and Raymond, stay cheerful and strong; you're not alone! * (names of patients have been changed to protect their privacy).
Read more about my previous posts on the sponsors' products: