Rory’s Story: Battle against Cancer

Update posted by Hillary Marie Ratilla On Aug 05, 2018


This is Rory just a while ago enjoying the beautiful sunset view from our temporary home in Quezon City. For several minutes, she marveled at the spectacular horizon, rich and varied hues, the clouds like great wings of gold, yellow, purple, and rose color. It was a breath-taking sight she wanted to cherish. I took a snapshot of this moment because that's what stage Ates usually do.

This update is a little bit overdue. The last update I wrote was Rory's Day 1 of the stem cell transplant and this should have been Day 16. Her first cycle of chemotherapy was finished on the morning of Day 2. Complications unfortunately occurred on the afternoon of the same day. That afternoon shocked our family. I found myself in the waiting room that night fervently praying to God to save my sister. We are thankful to the medical team and especially to God for saving Rory. She was supposed to have her second cycle of the chemotherapy on the third day. The stem cell transplant should follow on the same week. The complications, however, made the doctors decide to hold-off the transplant until she is cleared.

She was discharged on 27 July . Three check-ups with her doctors were scheduled on the next week. Once she is cleared to proceed, her pre-transplant preparations will commence once again.

As Rory struggled to breathe and endure intense pain that day, she told me that she enumerated all the people (family, friends, and relatives) and the reasons why she should fight back. Some of the reasons she recalls are the simple joys- watching sunsets, learning, breathing air, eating pizza, and listening to Billy Joel's music. Having survived that day affirmed her belief that her secret weapon to winning her battle against cancer is her faith.

For now, she is regaining her strength with an even stronger resolve to win this.

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Rory was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgekin's Lymphoma last January 2016. Even after a series of chemotherapy and radiation sessions, her cancer relapsed on February 2017. She is undergoing a second set of chemotherapy sessions using a newly developed drug specialized for lymphoma. Her stem cells have already been harvested last April 2018. Our family have already exhausted our remaining resources to pay for the treatments. We have also accessed the government services available.

We are knocking on everyone's hearts to help us pray for her healing and raise funds for her stem cell transplant. The unexpected complications also incurred additional expenses that we were not able to prepare for. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me through my mobile number 09976022120 or email [email protected]

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Update posted by Hillary Marie Ratilla On Jul 22, 2018

We are at Day 1 in the hospital.

Rory requested to watch the Ant-man and the Wasp before she was confined. She hopes to watch the next Marvel movie soon. Tomorrow, she will undergo an intensive chemotherapy prior to the stem cell transplant. She started the battle with a bang, as in with new bangs.

Beside Rory is her best friend, Keziah. We are always so grateful to have Keziah with us in this fight. She organized "Paintings for Rory" which aims to raise funds for the procedure. Please see the link provided in the previous update.

Please help us pray for more strength and courage for Rory. Thank you very much!

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Update posted by Hillary Marie Ratilla On Jul 21, 2018

Painting is something Rory usually turns to especially on difficult days. Her room has turned into a some sort of studio- with brushes and papers lying around and traces of paint splatters on the floor and walls. Some of her works are then hanged on the walls. She does not consider herself as an expert but she sees painting as way to cope.

The projected medical expenses will be pricey which is why we decided to put some of her work to auction, with her consent. The "Paintings by Rory" auction is organized by Rory's best friend, Keziah Agripo. Please visit this link:

Paintings by Rory

We already made it to 20% of the target amount. We thank all our donors for their help! Please help us raise more for Rory by sharing.

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Update posted by Hillary Marie Ratilla On Jul 08, 2018

Battles are never won alone. At this difficult time for Rory and our family, we did not feel alone at all. We are humbled and eternally grateful to everyone for the overwhelming love, prayers, and support. Especially to:

1Kreesta Nisperos
2Renz Dela Cruz
3Nikki Natan
4Tanya Arado
5Iris Olaso1000.00
6Thelma Dela Cruz1000.00
7Charito Adaza15010.86
8Joachim Dapanas5049.82
9Harlene Wugt15108.00
10Rochi Vedua and batch10000.00
11Roy Tabamo5000.00
12Alfonso Alamban3000.00
13Philip Edward Catchero5000.00
14Rene and Daisy Catchero5000.00
15Josephine Nisperos4000.00
16Lisa Clemente5000.00
17Bong Nisperos4000.00
19Bernadette Nisperos10000.00
20Glenda Soriano5000.00
21Crueshyl Pangca500.00
22Alexis Vida Lim500.00
23Sue Santos500.00
24Anonymous CDO Xavier3000.00
25Anonymous CDO Bulua1500.00
26Anonymous CDO Pelaez3000.00
27Anonymous EB1000.00
28Anonymous CDO Velez1000.00
29Anonymous CDO Pelaez5000.00
30Joanne Pelvera Rosillo5000.00
31Cherry Mae Albarote5000.00
32Alona Nisperos Bag-ao5340.00
33Sheilah Nery3000.00
34Chloe Mae Sy300.00
35Kirby Jagape2000.00
36Genie Nisperos50000.00
37Eva Marie Ratilla5000.00
38Rosemarie Salazar5000.00
39Anonymous BDO5049.83
40Anonymous BDO1000.00
41anonymous BDO5201.00
42Vicky Arce5000.00
43Nap-Aga Nisperos Family10000.00
44Anonymous thru BDO Xavier3000.00
45Anonymous thur BDO Pelaez5000.00
46Anonymous thru BDO SM City5000.00
47Anonymous thru BDO SM DT2000.00
48Lynn Bacus10000.00
49Marites Ragu5075.00
50Mylene U. Kikides4000.00
51Joan Abrajano5000.00
52Butch-Dayen Arubio10000.00
53Ma. Liza Pepito5000.00
54Verma Arubio60000.00
55Nannette Villajos2000.00
56Anonymous thru BDO 6524.00
57Anonymous thru bdo1000.00
58Anonymous thru BDO1500.00
59Anonymous thru BDO5000.00

We have reached 13% of our goal. The stem cell transplantation is closer, but we need more to go. Please help us by sharing and/or donating. We are also going to auction more paintings made by Rory soon!

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Update posted by Hillary Marie Ratilla On Jul 02, 2018

Rory is generally not allowed to go to crowded areas because she is immuno-compromised. On very rare occassions, she would request to go outside. This is a photo of her basking in the sun aka photosynthesis pose.


Rory recently wrote a poem entitled "Monsters in Me" for a class. She conveyed how she shall not succumb to everything that is bringing her down, especially her illness. Rory is determined to #FightBack and win her battle against cancer.

Rory did not let her sickness stop her from learning and pursuing her education. She is now a BA Multimedia Studies (BAMS) student in the University of the Philippines- Open University (UP-OU). She also signed up for painting classes prior to enrolling back to UP. Some of her work were exhibited in a mall in Cagayan de Oro City.

She has just recovered from her recent chemotherapy last week. Thank you for praying with us for the success of the treatment. Our family is eternally grateful to everyone who supported the campaign and donated for Rory's stem cell transplant. We have raised to almost 7% of the target goal since the campaign was launched. Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to the bidders of "Paintings for Rory" and Rory's best friends who organized the fundraising activity- Keziah, Krisia, Diane, and Alex.

The autologous stem cell transplant is scheduled on July 2018. Please help us raise enough amount for her procedure by sharing and/or donating. Please help us end this painful chapter of her life and move on to a better and more meaningful one.

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Rory was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgekin's Lymphoma last January 2016. Even after a series of chemotherapy and radiation sessions, her cancer relapsed on February 2017. She is undergoing a second set of chemotherapy sessions using a newly developed drug specialized for lymphoma. Her stem cells have already been harvested last April 2018. Our family have already exhausted our remaining resources to pay for the treatments. We have also accessed the government services available.

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Update posted by Hillary Marie Ratilla On Jun 20, 2018

Thank you to all who supported the first of the #FightBackRory fundraisers! Your generosity is very much appreciated by Rory and our family. In this simple way of participating, you have contributed to this canvass of her life.

Most special thanks to the organizers- Ianne Keziah Agripo, Alex Evangelista, Krisia Pacamalan, and Diane Salud. Thank you to the winnders and bidders- Pat Young, Angelli Pacamalan, Toni-An Minoza Angeles, Riel Bucao, Jasmin Flores, Pauline Pinero, Roselyn Nacague, Kirtham Dumpa, Eugene ARes, Franchezka Gamboa, and Samuel Macagba III.

Keep posted for more upcoming projects! #FightBackRory

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