My dad, Orly Guirao, has been diagnosed with stage four, lung cancer last 11 August 2018. He is currently confined at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City for treatment.
For those who do not know my dad, Orly Guirao is a journalist; a writer who writes even on his hospital bed; in between radiotherapy sessions, IV insertions, well-wishing visitors, and the coughs that wouldn’t seem to stop these days.
I admire my Daddy for being relentless and committed in his craft. He was one to climb a mountain to interview a rebel priest fighting for the rights of indigenous people or drive 18 hours straight to report on a province hit by a devastating typhoon.
He was here one day, and somewhere else the next; always in the middle of the action, but almost never home.
His job provided us shelter, food and comfort, but not time. He missed too many birthdays, graduations, Sunday family lunches. I am sure he didn’t want to miss any of these important celebrations, but he needed to be away to make these sacrifices so there will be brighter future for his children, for us.
Now that we are all grown – up, Daddy, decided to take it slow—not retire, that would be unimaginable! He has been spending more time with us, but still writing from his phone of course; writing is like breathing for him.
Little by little, we are catching up on lost time. No more incomplete birthdays, Christmas, and celebrations. And most of all, we are finally, a family.
But in August, Daddy was diagnosed with an advanced stage of adenocarcinoma of the lung. Daddy was given a month to live. All those years of waiting and wanting our family to be complete has been shattered by a devasting news. Daddy’s days with us are numbered.
The oncologist suggested immunotherapy, a breakthrough medical intervention that uses the patient’s body to fight off cancer cells. We want to proceed with the treatment that could prolong daddy’s life.
But unfortunately, this treatment is not cheap, and with medicine, laboratory tests and other hospital fees, will cost at least one million pesos (Php1,000,000.). We are asking for your help, so we can give him the best possible treatment out there. Any amount you donate is greatly appreciated. We also ask you to share this appeal on your page with hope that more people will be able to help our dad. But above everything else, we humbly ask that you include Daddy Orly in your prayers.
Daddy “O” is a fearless man. He will not be cowed without putting up a fight. But now, I know that he is scared, perhaps, scared because he knows that the enemy is strong and that we cannot win this fight alone. He has sacrificed a lot for us and now it’s our turn to give him all the care and support he needs to beat the cancer, until he’s finally cured, until this fight is over.
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Thank you so much to those who will help!