Hello, I’m Kristine Feliciano. Together with my family, I'm raising funds for my dad’s, (Felix "Jun" Feliciano Jr.), cancer treatment costs.
On August 26, 2021, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer and was told that the locally invasive mass had already reached his portal vein. The diagnosis left our family shocked and devastated. It’s cancer. And not just that. It’s pancreatic cancer. Anyone who looks it up will know that the prognosis isn’t good.
But we found hope in the doctors' optimism for my dad’s case. They said that my dad’s condition was very good for someone with his illness. If he gets treated right away, there's a good chance of shrinking the tumor and removing it by surgery.
We all got to work immediately. After having a metal stent attached to his bile duct, my dad was able to start his chemo treatment in October 2021. He's had 2 cycles so far, but he needs at least 6 cycles. His treatment plan also involves a major surgery and other procedures.
Two drugs are used for his chemo. The primary drug (Abraxane) is not available in the Philippines (where my dad lives), and needs to be imported from abroad. Importing Abraxane alone costs (US) $5,300 (¥610,072 / Php270,300) per cycle. Including the secondary drug, hospital & professional fees, medications, etc., we’ve been spending around $7,300 (¥840,288 / Php372,300) per chemo cycle.
Initially, we thought we were looking at a total of around $100,000 (¥11,510,800 / Php5,100,000). However, after seeing the costs firsthand, we realized that we will need at least $119,000 (¥13,697,852 / Php6,069,000). Given the amount, it's clear that we won't be able to afford our dad's treatment without help.
The funds we raised (i.e., $6,225 / ¥716,547 / Php317,475) from the first campaign (on GoFundMe) helped cover the first chemo cycle. Putting together the money for the second cycle, though, had been a struggle. Right now, we still need $94,275 (¥10,851,807 / Php4,808,025) for the remaining chemo cycles, the surgery, etc.
Our family uses our own means for the treatment, but our finances are quickly becoming depleted. We’re constantly worried about running out of funds since it would mean that my dad’s treatment would be discontinued and he would no longer be able to have the surgery that could prolong his life. By sharing our story here, we're hoping that we could reach more people who would help us fund my dad's treatment.
My dad's a kind and generous person. He's the type who would go out of his way to help others. When a Carmelite monastery asked him to help them fix their broken sound system, my dad spent weeks building them a new one instead. My dad also used to put together 100 food packs every Christmas Eve and drive around town for hours to distribute them to homeless people. Despite struggling with limited resources at that time, he still managed to share whatever time and resources he had to freely provide what others needed. My dad is this kind of person - the kind who we all want and need more of in our lives.
Since his diagnosis, my sister would often find our dad quietly crying alone. While trying to comfort him one time, she found out what was really bothering him. He was struggling with feelings of guilt for letting his family share the burden of his illness. Even in his condition, he’s more worried about us. This is the kind of father we hope you will help us save.
For some of you reading this, we are your family or friends. For many others, we are strangers. But for all of you, we are people whose lives you can touch and change.
By sending any amount through any of the channels below that’s most convenient for you, you can help save my dad's life. Any amount will be received with much gratitude.
If it is beyond your means to send financial support but still would like to bring hope to our cause, you can do so by sharing my dad’s story with people who you think could help. You can also spread our campaign on social media (#fightforJun). Your active support of our campaign is just as needed and crucial to its success.
Finally, the past few months have been very difficult for us, but our family has found a lot of strength in the love, prayers, and financial help that people have sent our way. We want to thank you for all of these, as well as for the help and support that we’ll receive in the coming months.
- Recommended for Residents of Japan: Direct deposit or transfer to Kristine Feliciano's (daughter) Japan Post Bank Account
Bank Name: Japan Post Bank
Branch: Japan Post Bank - Tokushima Central Post Office Branch
Account Holder’s Name: Feliciano Kristine Miranda
Account Number: 17233631
Savings Account Code: 16220
* A direct deposit to the JP Bank account can help donors avoid extra charges or fees for transfers or remittances. I will be the one to send the money to my dad and pay for the remittance charge. This way, all the donations can be used to cover medical expenses.
- Options for Residents of Countries Other than Japan
> Direct deposit or transfer to Felix Feliciano's (patient) bank account
Bank Name: Banco de Oro (BDO)
Branch: Banco de Oro (BDO) - SM CIty North EDSA D Branch
Account Holder’s Name: Felix G. Feliciano Jr.
Account Number: 012710033824
Routing Code: 010530667
> Send or remit through Karen Feliciano's (daughter) GCash account
Receiver: Karen Feliciano
Mobile Number: 0916 257 5865
> Send or remit through Karen Feliciano's PayPal account
Email address: [email protected]