Sungduan: Hopeful

HAVE good health. That is always on top of the New Year bucket list of everyone as they look forward for greater things that will happen for 2017.

Hopeful to have a better health condition this year of the Fire Rooster is young Taekwondo black belter Janssen Michel Ogoy who was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma late part of 2016.

The 12-year old used to be active in taekwondo competition under Baguio Defenders but was forced to stop doing what he loves most and needs to undergo treatment for 30 sessions at Bethany Cancer Center in San Fernando, La Union.

The cost of cancer treatment however is expensive as they need to pay for at least P5,000 per session for machine fee, a total of P24,000 for doctor’s professional fee, and other expenses for therapy.

Immediately responding for help is Francis Baltazar, a volunteer for Manna Community, a non-profit organization geared towards helping the needy children and women with home office based in San Francisco, California. Baltazar was able to generate a small amount through the help of a co-employee who opted to celebrate his employment promotion by donating money.

u201cAny kind of healing takes time. We hope that our help brings Janssen a little bit closer to having a full, happy, and healthy life,” Baltazar said.

On December 9, a concert for a cause was organized for Janssen at CAP Building featuring the Highland Band and T.A Connection. Proceeds for the folk, rock, and country concert dubbed TKD Helping Hands “A Gift for Janssen” worth P100 per bronze ticket was intended for the patient.

To ensure a continuous medication for Janssen, more assistance is needed. Any amount of help may be deposited through Janssen’s father, Michel Jones Ogoy with BDO Account Number 000790731738.

Let us hope for better health for Jansen and healthy life for everyone. Start the year with more hope, faith, and love in our hearts.

As what President Rodrigo Duterte said, “Let us welcome 2017 with renewed determination and reinvigorated spirit so that we can surmount the challenges ahead.”

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