Our Kuya Ralph is our hero. For over the past 20 years since his first diagnosis, he has struggled and prevailed, over and over, tapping into his deep reserves of courage. Now he must struggle again, perhaps in his most challenging yet, and we appeal for your help. This will finance the treatment of lesions recently found in his liver and pancreas.
Kuya Ralph, now 35, is the eldest in our family of three children – Ate Camille and me, Tim. In 1999, aged only 14, Kuya was diagnosed with brain cancer. He underwent a delicate operation that successfully removed the tumor. He faced recurrences in 2001 and 2009 but, through further radiotherapy and chemo treatments, he overcame these each time.
Despite having faced serious health challenges as a teenager, Kuya got into the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He earned a BSc degree in Community Development, which included him spending several months with an urban poor community in Tondo, Manila. He followed through on this and for six years after graduation, he worked as a community organizer, teaching out of school youth as program officer of an NGO, the Center for Community Transformation. He then moved back home to Davao City, where he continued community organizing work for the University of the Philippines Mindanao Community Outreach Program. Truly, whenever able, Kuya Ralph spent most of his adult life serving communities in need.
Kuya Ralph is an intelligent, soft-spoken, gentle big brother. He also loves Pugad Baboy and Asterix, is a long-time fan of the Houston Rockets, and excels in Scrabble, Boggle, and trivia games.
In September, amid the lockdown due to the pandemic, Kuya complained of pain in his tummy. A CT scan found lesions in his liver and pancreatic head. His duodenum, where partially digested food pass through so they can be turned into nutrients for the body, was blocked. He has since undergone surgery to address this blockage, but he requires further treatment to manage the lesions.
You can imagine that, over the years, his series of treatments have been a financial challenge for our family. As he undergoes his current treatment, we appeal to your kindness and generosity to help fund it. Please help us provide the best care for our dearest Kuya Ralph.
Thank you for all your support!
You may also place your donations through these channels:
Ma. Rosamund Parado
BPI Savings Account # 4359-0774-11
BDO Savings Account # 000-860-326-934
GCASH # - 09985784912 Tim Parado
We are forever grateful!