My name is Yvan Marco Tolentino and I am appealing to all of your kind hearts to help provide funding for the ongoing treatment and medical bills of a very very dear friend of mine, Gemmalyn T. Mabacyao, who was recently diagnosed and is fighting through a very life threatening condition, called Viral Encephalitis (an acute viral infection of the brain).
Gem is a 28 year old young lady who has very recently contracted a currently unidentified viral infection which is attacking her brain. For those who are unfamiliar with this condition, it is a very very serious and life threatening illness wherein the brain is infected by a virus causing increasingly intense symptoms such as brain swelling, constant headaches, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, behavioural changes, and in very serious cases, affects motor skills, memory, brain function and may even lead to permanent brain damage, coma or even death (if not properly treated). Unfortunately much like most other viral illnesses, there is no real "one stop cure" for this. Her only chance to beat this is to receive utmost care, hospitalization and constant (very very expensive- worth around PHP 20,000 per day) supportive medication to prevent any adverse affects to the brain while her body learns to fight of the virus.
For those that don't know her, Gem is a very hard-working, talented, loving, caring individual whom I have grown to care for and have had the pleasure of knowing and being friends with for the longest time. Those that know her will tell you of a kind-hearted, selfless soul who is always willing and ready to put the needs of others well above her own. She is always kind and caring even when no-one is watching. She will always do what is right even if it means sacrificing her needs and happiness. She is the type of person who will never fail to make you laugh or smile even when you are down. She loves her family and friends more than I ever thought possible and in all the time that I have known her, she has never failed to remind me and everyone around her of how wonderful a person she is, both inside and out
To be absolutely honest, I have never ever tried this sort of thing before (crowdfunding). I have always been the type of person to work hard and earn my way towards my goals and needs.This is why I am now frankly very awkward and very very embarrassed about having to ask for help. Unfortunately I have reached a point of desperation. I no longer have any of the right answers. I can no longer afford to help in her treatment. I don't know what to do anymore.. All I know for sure is that if the tables were turned, she would never give up on me let alone anyone whom she cares for. And because of that, I will never give up on her. I can no longer bear to see her suffer the way she is suffering now and I definitely know that I cannot lose her. Not now.. Please help me to raise funds for her. please.