Ailing boy from Pacdal airs appeal

REACH out to somebody in need if you're looking for something good to help give substance to Baguio's 105h foundation anniversary theme this September: "Sharing of Resources, Duties and Responsibilities for a Vibrant Baguio".

In doing so, you'll help re-live Baguio history, during this upland city's formative years. That was when we were one neighborhood, not 129 barangays. That was when as almost everybody knew everybody, either by name or by face. Or both.

That was when, if you were on a rush, you’d skip Session Rd., our short, inclined main street, as you’d be late in your appointment after having to greet and even talk to people you meet, as relationships were less impersonal then.

You can reach out to Roel Laguipo-Cruz, a35-year old who grew up in Pacdal who, despite his young age, had experienced and helped nurture this Baguio sense of community while working as a jeepney driver earning P350 a day to augment his mother’s take of P150 daily as a laundrywoman.

Roel can no longer work. His medical woes began in mid-January, 2013, when he started throwing up, with blood dripping down his nose. For a father of two kids, the diagnosis was devastating: total kidney failure.

Since then, Roel, eldest among four siblings, had to undergo life-time hemodialysis treatment scheduled between 3-4 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday at the renal center of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Sidelined from work and estranged from his wife who works overseas, he relies on the meager earnings of his mother to sustain his treatment. If it’s any consolation, his two children aged 13 and 9, are under the care of his wife’s parents.

To help him cope with the financial and emotional stress from the debilitating and life-threatening illness, his mother, Maribel, last week asked publication of his plea, for Samaritans to read and respond.

If you’re looking for something that would help re-live and revive the old Baguio sense of community – and fair play - , ring up Maribel’s cellphone number – 09077198595. (Ramon Dacawi)

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