Matthias Cheung was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that forms in the soft tissue, at 18 months old in his pelvic region. After a year long battle, he was in remission. Our hearts dropped when we heard the news of his relapse in the pelvic region and spread of his cancer to his peritoneum and his leg 6 months later. He is not even 3 years old and is fighting for his life at Children's Hospital in Hong Kong.
After several rounds of failed chemotherapy, he is running out of options. There is a potential surgery that's available in the United States called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy that may be his last chance at a cure if he is able to improve upon his current condition.
This treatment is very expensive and our health insurance will only cover part of it, so we are asking for the public to help with crowdsourcing funds to pay for whatever they can.
Some facts about paediatric cancer in general.
- Cancer is the number one cause of death among children
- Since 1980, fewer than 10 drugs have been developed for use in children with cancer, as compared with the hundreds of drugs that have been created exclusively for adults.
The reason for this is because Only 4% of the billions of dollars that are annually spent on cancer research and treatments are directed towards treating childhood cancer. Therefore, in the event that the treatment isn't possible, all funds will be diverted to the Children's Cancer Foundation where the money will go towards research and support for families like ours through this unimaginably difficult journey.
We would really appreciate your help. Matthias is a lovable little boy with a strong spirit and a smile that lights up the room. We're trying to do everything we can to save his life. And if it's not meant to be, it will go towards a foundation that could potentially save others in the same situation. Please open your hearts and make a contribution to this worthy cause.
Shirley and Gerry
***There is currently still an issue with the donation link as "PayPal is increasingly restricting the use of their payment services for crowdfunding platforms when the fundraiser's PayPal account originates in HongKong." *** Please do not use the PayPal account to contribute to this campaign and, instead, use one of the below options.
If you are an overseas contributor please use options 1 or 2. If you're in Hong Kong, please use options 3 or 4 for your contributions.
- Stripe Payment: Click the "Donate Now" button, enter your donation amount and click "Pay with credit / debit card". Do not click on the PayPal button!
- Direct Deposit:
- Hang Seng account number: 787-409671-882
- Name: Cheung Ho Ping Gerry / Wen Suiyan Shirley
- PayMe link: https://payme.hsbc/supportingmatt
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