Within two years, we lost a dad and a sister. From five down to three, it breaks my heart to lose one member of the household after another.
After a year of mourning, our family is faced again by a trial: my mom needs to undergo again a series of aggressive medications to battle the big C (stage 4 – metastatic breast cancer). Our family is humbly asking for help to make again a collective action to support my mom’s medication. Miguel, the youngest and Deaf member of our family, and I would like to let our mom live longer. We are creating this online campaign, #BelCanBeattheBigC.
For two years, Mommy Bel has been battling her cancer with chemotherapy and other medications. Diagnosed in June 2017, she was categorized as stage 3B. Chemotherapy medications such as Docetaxel (Ferbruary-April 2018), and Paclitaxel-Carboplatin combination (September-December 2018) plus infusion of Zoledronic acid was given to her to manage and to minimize the cancer growth; however, in her last laboratory evaluation, we found out that her case worsened due to discontinued treatment.
She is now recommended to undergo more aggressive treatments: the next chemotherapy medication (Halaven), the required Herceptin medication to battle the Her-2 positive gene, and a daily schedule of whole brain radiation starting June 1, 2019. We need to raise PhP 250,000 to start the treatment plan and must sustain the amount in the next weeks of treatment. This is overwhelming for a small family like us, with me as the breadwinner of the family who needs to sustain our daily needs, and the medical needs of both of my mom and my brother.
But you, our dear family friends, friends of friends, other network, and even other people who are strangers to us, never failed to assist us during the rock bottom moments last year, when my sister was hospitalized. Through our collective efforts, the #LabanCarla turned to #LovingCarla online campaign allowed our family to provide the needs and pay for the medical expenses of my late sister, Carla. We hope that we can also do it for mommy Bel. We are knocking to your good hearts to let our mom live longer, especially for my brother Miguel.
WAYS TO HELP:
1) Should you wish to give monetary donations, you may directly deposit to the following accounts:
BPI Savings Account No. 3899-1714-02
or to CURT MARVIN B. CRUZ
BPI Savings Account No. 3729-4050-34
or to CURT MARVIN B. CRUZ
BDO Savings Account No. 6200-1067-37
or via PayPal transfer: paypal.me/CurtMarvinCruz
2) We are also open for other fund-raising projects and collaborations. Currently, here are the other fund-raising projects:
- Snaps for Bel courtesy of Genevieve Photography: https://web.facebook.com/…/a.386257702208…/414529422714460/…
Please directly message me, Curt Marvin Cruz, or through my personal e-mail: [email protected] to state your proposed project.
3) And of course, let us storm the heavens with our collective prayers intended for my mom, Margarita Baquisal-Cruz. Our hope comes from Him, the ultimate Healer of all. God is bigger than the Big C!
This is not just my mom’s battle, nor our family’s battle; it is through our collective effort that brings motivation to my mom to continuously fight the Big C. Let us believe, #BelCanBeattheBigC.