At the age of seven in April 2016, at only three months after he began primary school, Terry Goh was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in Phase 2, and her mother was afraid and did not know what to do. A type of fast-growing cancer is Burkitt lymphoma.
Thankfully, after Terry’s diagnosis and helped support the family, a volunteer from the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) approached Mrs. Irene Lim.
The housewife, 45, said: “We had financial problems and we were worried if he would be cured… It was an (emotional) roller coaster for me.”
Mrs Lim was particularly thankful that the CCF councilors went to school for her son and explained the state of his father before Terry came back to school, as he had also had a 10-year-old daughter.
Terry is thought to be fully recovered who will be taking his PSLE this year. The survivor of children’s disease attending yesterday’s launch of the annual CCF Campaign Hair for Hope, streamed directly from the Upper Thomson Monastery of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See. Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung shaved Terry’s hair for the campaign, with a symbolic gesture aiming at raising awareness and funding of childhood cancer.
Mr Ong said the following: “I can’t imagine what children’s experiences and feelings are going through. I can only say they are so courageous, and their strength and courage I admire. We can all – big or small – do our part to demonstrate our support.”The campaign was launched in 2003 and canceled last year, however, this year will be digitally operated due to the Covid 19 pandemic. This year’s volunteer shavings will register online and have their own heads shaved.
The foundation, which last year assisted 510 families, intends to attract 1,500 rashes and raise $1.5% this year.
Mr Ho Cheng Huat, CCF’s chairman, said: “When children lose their hair, some get laughed at while others receive unkind remarks because they look different. This is why each and every bald head is so important to us. Everyone who shaves is an advocate for children with cancer.”
Terry, who shaved for the second year, said: “I am shaving today to tell other children with cancer it is okay to be bald, especially for those who are scared that they will be laughed at.”
Source: The New Paper