Help Alfred fight Lymphoma
Alfred Alpuerto, 38, was an OFW in KSA for 8yrs as a computer technician. In May 2018, our family had our hardest blow yet when my brother came back home unexpectedly looking too pale, with muscle wasting and wheel-chair-bound when we welcomed him back at the airport. The then so healthy POL (as what we call him) arrived with a frail body. Little did we know, that he had been at the KSA hospital for several weeks before his arrival. He had thoracentesis and series of diagnostic procedures. His biopsy revealed malignant mass in his lymph nodes. On June 2018, it was confirmed that he has B-cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma stage 2. Though we are still in denial, his treatment started at once with 6 cycles of chemotherapy after another thoracenthesis at the UERMMMC Hospital.
As is the normal course of treatment of B-cell NHL, chemotherapy is the first line of treatment followed by Immunotherapy. Our family had already spent all our savings and investments for my brother’s treatment to complete his first 6 cycles of chemotherapy, series of CT scans and blood transfusions. Immunotherapy should have followed, but after the first of 9 cycles of Rituximab, we had to halt the treatment due to financial constraint. Each cycle of Rituximab costs 90k pesos and PCSO is only granting 15k financial aid.
My brother’s condition deteriorates due to very weak immune system and had acquired severe pneumonia. Due to this, we had to rush him again to the hospital in the morning of Dec. 7 because of respiratory distress. The doctors informed us that had we’ve been late for 30mins, my brother wouldn’t make it. It is indeed a gift of second life. He is now admitted at the hospital’s ICU, intubated and being fed through NGT.
Given this difficult situation, we are knocking to your hearts to help us raise at least 1M pesos to cover all his medical treatments (ICU, chemo/immunotherapy and maintenance). We can not thank you enough for sparing my brother whatever amount that you can share. Each donation that he’ll be receiving would mean another quality time that he could give back to his wife and 3 kids. Please be my brother’s miracle and help him fight his lymphoma.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill