(Chinese version below)
Man Yi Mandy YAU, 21 years old, is a junior student majoring in Cultural Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is currently suffering from the Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS). It first occurred in her right thigh in 2011, soon it spread to her lungs, and now it appears in her right brain. It is a very rare form of cancer. According to the Hong Kong Cancer Registry (HKCaR), there are only 191 new cases every year in average. The incident rate is 2 per 100,000 persons overall.
Man Yi is tough, brave, and optimistic. The third time to encounter the cancer, she understands that she has limited time so she starts writing about her life and thoughts publicly on Facebook. Man Yi describes the recent episode of her life as “the best days and the worst days”. To be honest, she has already planned for the worst. However, at the same time, because of ASPS, she is receiving many blessings and love from friends, teachers, and even strangers. She is writing her "last words" and planning to publish a book for remembrance and fundraising. But most importantly, as a friend of Man Yi, I think she is actually spreading a lot of her happiness and positive values to her friends and the general public. She has already been impacting and inspiring others. I am one of those people who are influenced by her stories.
* You may also see Man Yi's story in this interview by South China Morning Post Hong Kong. http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/articl...
I, Kwan Yeung Sharon MAK, as one of her best friends, am now launching this fundraising campaign in order to support Man Yi and her family. At the same time, I am shaving all my hair off for this campaign and for walking with her in this difficult journey.
* You may find the live video of me shaving hair here (spoken in Cantonese): https://www.facebook.com/makkwanyeung/videos/vb.12...
Man Yi has already completed radiotherapy for 5 times in mid-September, with the side effects of feeling tired, lacking energy, losing hair and vomiting etc. In order to take care of her, her parents have already resigned their full-time job. In the meantime, they are applying for financial aid. As a family of no income now, she desperately needs your support. The needed amount for this campaign is estimated by Man Yi herself according to past experience. It includes the expenses of Yau’s family for 12 months and 5 times of the immunotherapy (Man Yi will probably go through more than 5 times). The breakdown is as follows:
Daily expenses of the Yau’s family: HKD$9,000 per month
Chinese medicine expenses: HKD$8,000 per month
Other medical expenses: HKD$4,000 per month
Immunotherapy: HKD$20,000 per therapy
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. - Helen Keller.
Thanks SCMP for reporting:
You may find more details of ASPS here:
Folpe, A L, and A T Deyrup. “Alveolar Soft‐part Sarcoma: A Review and Update.” Journal of Clinical Pathology 59.11 (2006): 1127–1132. PMC. Web. 12 Oct. 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1860509/
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