" My name is Russell Colico, I just hope you can spare some time to read my cause and find it in your hearts to donate. I was diagnosed with Leukemia not too long ago but still have not undergone Bone Marrow Aspiration because of financial problems.
I don't have a father and my mother already has a new family which just leaves me and my sister. She is the only person left in my life to help me out. We are two siblings just trying to get by our daily lives here in Santa Rosa, Laguna. I used to work in a Call Center in Manila and my sister works as a crew member in a small business here in where we live. I left the company where i used to work because of proximity issues. I got exhausted from the long travel and my body almost gave up. I went home to Laguna to look for a new job. I luckily found a job close to where i live. Got interviewed, passed the exam and got hired but, unfortunately, my employment was withheld because I couldn't get clearance from the medical exams. Three times, I've tried three times to finish and pass the medical examinations and all of them were failures.
I slowly felt the changes in my body, the reason why i couldn't pass the medicals. I started noticing multiple lumps on my chin, jaw and on the back of my neck. I always have a hard time breathing and can't catch my breath and my fever keeps going up and down.
I couldn't believe my diagnosis so we went to the Philippine General Hospital twice with still the same result. And, since what I'm feeling hasn't gotten better I had my self checked in a private hospital hoping to at least bring good news or at most ease my pain. And to be honest, the longer I stayed there the more i felt like there is no hope for my illness.
I'm still feeling positive that I will get better, though the capability of me and my sister to fund my multiple test and medication is not enough. I believe that through the help of the almighty, and through assistance from people who would at least listen to my story, I would start my journey back to good health and keep living to give back the kindness and generosity I have been given.
Thank you! "
Our friend, Russell, is currently at the ICU of Santa Rosa Medical Hospital. 01-13-2018