Help the family of Mr Kenny Tan

Help the family of Mr Kenny Tan

Dear all,

My dear friend Kenny Tan Kenny Tan Chee Keong (age 30) has passed away yesterday in Holland, Rotterham. He leaves behind a baby boy and his wife. We are running a donation drive for his family. Below are his life struggle throughout his 2 years. Wei Ming and I are his secondary school friends who have set up this fundraising page.



We are raising funds to bring his body back from Holland, pay for his holland hospital medical bill, pay for his holland rental, pay for his wife ticket, pay for the funeral service and pay for his final resting place. The remaining sum will go to his wife or a FD account for his baby boy (renewal yearly)
2 years ago till today life story:

"Kenny's father passed away because of cancer 1-2 years before his got cancer"

Married in 2013 and just started off as an insurance agent.



1-2 months after marriage and shortly after he started work as an insurance agent, Kenny had cough and went to SGH

SGH informed him he got pneumonia, lung 4th stage cancer and kidney 4th stage cancer. Kenny is a non-smoker and active in sports

Kenny was informed he has a few months to live. His wife was pregnant and the baby has heart problem and the baby might not survive. The wife was not working at that time and Kenny do not have an income because he was an insurance agent and he had just started working.

Kenny told us he did buy 100k Critical illness and want to die so he can pass the 100k to his son. We convinced him to go Mount E for treatment since SGH couldn't give him a solution. Kenny went for chemotherapy in Mount E. The cost of chemotherapy wiped out his 100k

While going through chemotherapy, his baby boy was born prematurely because of the risk it carries. His boy was born in 2014 Chinese New Year.

His baby boy's heart couldn't pump properly and the doctors in KK hospital had to open up the chest and use a machine to help pump the heart. Doctors informed him that the vital organs will be damaged if his son is dependent on machine to live. His son's heart needs to be able to pump by itself or his son won't survive.

Few weeks later, his son's heart was able to pump by itself and was no longer dependent on the machine. KK Hospital bills were taken care of by social welfare.

The baby boy has a tube in his heart and needs lifetime surgery because the heart is growing. The doctors need to always replace the tube with a bigger one. Only until the son reaches a certain size then the frequency of surgery will decrease.

Kenny managed to fight off cancer and contain it in a position. He went for kidney surgery to remove the bad kidney. His Lung cancer remained but was under control. He has a HDB BTO and needed to pay monthly installments.

In late 2014 to 2015, Kenny has a relapse. His cancer spread to his brain. Doctor advised him to undergo Chemotherapy and Radiology. After months of treatment, the doctor in Singapore told him that he need not come back for treatment.

Determined to stay alive, Kenny researched for alternative treatment. He found it in Netherlands, Holland. Kenny travelled with his wife to Holland, Rotterham for the treatment. He left his baby son to his mum to take care.

In August, his son just went through another surgery.

After staying in Holland for 40 odd days, On 14th September, Kenny passed away in Holland, Rotterdam. His wife is with him.

The wife wishes for his baby boy to see Kenny for the last time. We respect that decision and are now starting a drive to get donation to pay for the transportation fees. From what we understand, the fees is minimum $10k to $50k, depending on the weight of the coffin and body. We will know how much the medical bills will be today.

All donations will be used to pay for the bills and the remaining funds will go to the wife and the son.

MFA informed that the nearest Sg embassy is in Belgium, Brussels. If we remit funds to Sg embassy in Belgium, his wife will need to take a train to Belgium to collect the funds.
Either you can go to MFA and transfer funds to his wife or you can go through us and we will pay direct. All payments and statement of account will be posted online. We are checking if the wife has activated overseas withdrawal function also.

We are trying to raise around $50,000.

To all Kenny Tan friends and people who just got to know him. After battling cancer for the past 2 years, Our dear brother, friend and best pal, Kenny has succumbed to cancer and passed away today in Holland, Rotterham.

Kenny Tan was a kind hearted and warm spirited person, who was always ready to help anyone who was in need and now we need to help him to get on with his last journey.

He was 30 years old this year and left behind his wife and baby son. His wife lai peng is with him now in Holland.





He had been there for 40 odd days to seek for alternative treatment as a last resort. Before he went to holland, he had undergone treatment for the past 2 years. He recovered but suffered a relapse.

Kenny's wife currently can't work as she has to take care of their baby boy, Kendre Tan of 1-year-old who requires lifetime surgery due to heart problem from birth.

Currently we are trying to raise the following:
Medical bills in Holland > to be updated when the hospital provide us the bill
Rental bills in Holland
Transportation of body from Holland to Singapore - $10000>~
The wife's Air Ticket - $2000> ~
Funeral Services In Singapore - $6000 ~ $10000
Burial place in Singapore

We will be either transporting the body back or cremate and transport him back. Currently we are finding ways of paying for his trip back and his wife's air ticket. Checking with airlines now while waiting for undertaker in holland to complete documentation work.

From our findings so far, transporting a body back is going to be at least $10k. They suggested to cremate first. Insurance do not cover as he had cancer before he flew there. Will discuss with the wife on this.

We seek your understanding to help this family in needs and your help is greatly appreciated.
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  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    We have set up a Trust scheme for Kendre with Special Needs Trust Company (SNTC) to manage the funds we have raised for Kenny’s family. SNTC is a not-for-profit organisation, set up to provide affordable trust services to the community of persons with special needs. In meeting with SNTC’s Case Manager, a care plan was worked out together with Lai Peng based on Kendre’s daily living, medical and therapy expenses. Upon setting up the Trust, the account will be activated to disburse the funds for Kendre’s monthly expenses according to his care plan. In addition, the SNTC fees which are subsidised by MSF will be waived. We are also glad to learn from SNTC that the principal value of the trust fund is guaranteed by the Government.

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    We have just completed the first round of discussion with a government-support trustee organization along with the representatives from the trustee organization, Lai Peng and her sisters, Ian (Wei Ming) and Zach (Wei Long). As there are documents and details required to be furnished by the family, there will be another round of discussion for the finalization.

    Additional Information:
    1) Annual fee of $40
    2) Will take approximately 3 to 6 weeks to set up trustee account once full set of documents is received
    3) Funds will be for Kendre's expenses only

    More details regarding the trustee organization and the trustee account will be released duly upon finalization.

    Thank you for your patience and support.

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    Hi there. Please note we had updated the wake details at my Facebook post:

    Members of the public who would like to pay respect to Kenny are to attend the wake on Sunday 12pm to 12mn.
    Details of the wake are as follow:
    Date/ day: 20 September 2015 (Sunday)
    Time: 12pm to 12 midnight

    Venue: Pavilion at Blk 527C Pasir Ris St 51

    19 September 2015(Saturday): Private
    20 September 2015(Sunday): Public (12pm to 12midnight only)
    21 September 2015(Monday): Private

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    As of 5:58pm we raised:
    $270,352.56

    Current funds: $270,352.56 - $11,710(repatriation fee) - $20 (DBS charges for local transfer) = $258,622.56

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    As of 12:08pm we raised:
    $ 262,712.56

    Current funds: $262,712.56 - $11,710(repatriation fee) - $20 (DBS charges for local transfer) = 250,982.56

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    As of 11:55pm we raised:
    $ 251,582.56

    Current funds: $251,582.56 - $11,710(repatriation fee. Pending reimbursement) - $20 (DBS charges for local transfer) = 239,852.56

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    Updates:
    Last night I found out from Kenny wife that each operation for the son cost $50,000 to $100,000 depending on the son stay duration in KK Hospital. Will try to get invoice to post. Since its assisted by KK Hospital, not sure if Kenny brother have the invoice. Just hope KK Hospital can continue to support or the donation will be used in 2-4 surgeries

    As of 8:45am we raised:
    $175,530.67 (excluding indigogo, giveasia and another Facebook page by Jason)

    Current funds: $175,530.67 - $11,710(repatriation fee. Pending reimbursement) - $20 (DBS charges for local transfer) = $163,800.67

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    Updates:
    As of 7:27pm we raised:
    $153,588.45 (excluding indigogo, giveasia and another Facebook page by Jason)

    Current funds: $153,588.45 - $11,710(repatriation fee. Pending reimbursement) - $20 (DBS charges for local transfer) = $141,858.45

    Many thanks for everyone's support! We will stop the donation this Sunday, 20th September 2015 @ 2359hr. All donations will be held by a trustee company, law firm or government-linked entity.

    We will come clean with KK Hospital and will talk to the social welfare officer after Kenny is placed to rest. So if social welfare decide to stop assisting Kenny's son operation and medical fees because of the donations, the donations will be used to pay off future medical bills and operations.

    Thanks to our MFA, PMO, DPM, Belgium SG embassy, friends in Holland and friends in Singapore, we managed to get all documentation done today. Kenny has been laid to rest in a coffin and will be on his journey back once holland authorities clear the paperwork. Projected this Friday or early next week. We will inform of the wake venue once we are more certain of the date of arrival. It wasn't easy as Rotterdam officials do not have experience with the procedure. Everyone came in to help and pushed for Kenny release.

    To make it a better day, Kenny's wife house owner in Holland waived all outstanding rental fee and Qatar Airways has pledged to fly the wife back for free!!

    I would like to thank everyone for a concentrated effort to help Kenny and his family. Please keep the donation coming as it is highly likely the social welfare assistance will stop. But kindly donate at your comfort level. Every cent counts in regardless of the amount.

    Once again I want to reassure donors that the funds will be handled by professionals. We are in talks with trustee firm, law firm and government-linked entity.

    If you wish to help by offering product, you may contact Kel Lim at 91251945. Do note that he may not reply that fast due to work commitment.

    Our friend Alvin Soh will be drawing drawing a simple account once the donation stop. He will post the donation to me and I will publish it on my Facebook.

    For those who want to donate directly to Kenny's wife. The funeral 白金 (donation made during the wake) will be for the wife. Please check for wake details

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    Previous update below:

    Kenny's wife is still facing problem getting the death certificate from the city council. Rotterdam is a remote countryside area. Without the death certificates, we can't activate FlyingHome. We are hoping today the authorities there can help release the death certificate soon.

    Request: As I receive some messages on why we are going to open a trustee account for the son and not pass the funds to the wife, I decided to openly explain at my post. Kendre's heart surgery and medical bills are paid for by KK Hospital social welfare. Adding on, Kendre has down syndrome. By depositing funds to Lai Peng account or directly to Kendre accoun, they will not be eligible for social welfare assistance. We are now requesting for advice if there are any legal entity or community entity that can be holders of the funds. We are here to help and are transparent in our dealings. I seek everyone understanding and hope to get some advice on which entity to use.

    Dear all, we had raised sufficient funds for Kenny's funeral. As of 12:26am on 16th September 2015, we had raised $98k! Many thanks to all the kind souls out there!

    As social media helped spread the words and Kenny's friends or Singaporeans going to all possible organizations to request for help, we received good news from various organization as listed below:

    1) Holland, Rotterdam hospital has waived all outstanding hospital bills!

    2) We had engaged "FlyingHome" to bring Kenny back from Holland. The service rendered will be from Holland hospital straight to the wake. We will pay $11,710 for the services. The good news is a charity organization will reimburse the family for the repatriation fees!

    3) Singapore Funeral Service will provide free funeral service for Kenny!

    The funds will be used to pay for Kenny's repatriation before the reimbursement, and to pay for his final resting place.

    The remaining sum will be deposited into his son account for his medical bills. Because the son medical is paid by KK Hospital social welfare and reviewed every 6 months, we will activate the fund should the review fail to continue. We will also use the fund to pay for his school allowance when he starts schooling.

    Kenny view his son as his hope. He once wanted to give up his life to claim his critical illness $100k for his son medical bill. We managed to convince him to use it for chemotherapy instead. We hope this fund will help the son to continue to be brave and to stay healthy. His son require heart surgery at a frequency of 1-2 per year, depending on his heart condition. He last had a surgery in August 2015. His son have multiple heart problems since birth. This fund will be of good help to him.

    We are now waiting for Holland, Rotterdam City Council to release death certificate to his wife. Only then can FlyingHome assist. Will update on the wake details once FlyingHome start work

    On behalf of Kenny's family & friends, we thank everyone for your help. You may continue to donate and it will be use for Kendre's medical bill and schooling fees. We will continue to post total received funds at Kenny's Facebook and my post.

    Thanks!

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    Donation drive (fellow Changkat Changi alumni) (we also set up a Facebook page for this donation drive):

    $4570 as of 2:40pm. Indicative fee to transport body back from Holland is $12,000 by AIG. That excludes his hospital bill and wife air ticket. Also need to pay for Sg funeral services and final resting place.
    Please help to donate!

    Attached Kenny last 2 days photo in hospital, photo with us, photo with his wife and son, photo of his son, photo when the wife was pregnant and photo with his family

    Dear all, my dear friend Kenny Tan Kenny Tan Chee Keong (age 30) has passed away yesterday in Holland, Rotterham. He lives behind a baby boy and his wife. We are running a donation drive for him. Below are his life struggle throughout his 2 years. Wei Ming and I are his secondary school friends.

    We are raising funds to bring his body back from Holland, pay for his holland hospital medical bill, pay for his holland rental, pay for his wife ticket, pay for the funeral service and pay for his final resting place. The remaining sum will go to his wife or a FD account for his baby boy (renewal yearly)

    2 years ago till today life story:
    "Kenny's father passed away because of cancer 1-2 years before his got cancer"

    1) Married in 2013 and just started off as an insurance agent.

    2) 1-2 months after marriage and shortly after he started work as an insurance agent, Kenny had cough and went to SGH

    3) SGH informed him he got pneumonia, lung 4th stage cancer and kidney 4th stage cancer. Kenny is a non-smoker and active in sports

    4) Kenny was informed he has a few months to live. His wife was pregnant and the baby has heart problem and the baby might not survive. The wife was not working at that time and Kenny do not have an income because he was an insurance agent and he has just started

    5) Kenny told us he did buy 100k Critical illness and want to die so he can pass the 100k to his son. We convinced him to go Mount E for treatment since SGH can't give him a solution

    6) Kenny went for chemotherapy in Mount E. The cost of chemotherapy wipe out his 100k

    7) While going through chemotherapy, his baby boy was born prematurely because of the risk it carries. His boy was born in 2014 Chinese New Year

    8) His baby boy's heart can't pump properly and the doctors in KK hospital have to open up the chest and use a machine to help pump the heart. Doctors informed him that the vital organs will be damaged if his son is dependent on machine to live. His son's heart need to be able to pump by itself or his son won't survive

    9) Few weeks later, his son's heart was able to pump by itself and was no longer dependent on the machine. KK Hospital bills was taken care of by social welfare.

    10) The baby boy has a tube in his heart and need lifetime surgery because the heart is growing. The doctors need to always replace the tube with a bigger one. Only until the son reach a certain size then the frequency of surgery will decrease.

    11) Kenny managed to fight off cancer and contain it in a position. He went for kidney surgery to remove the bad kidney. His Lung cancer remained but was under control

    12) He has a HDB BTO and need to pay monthly installment

    13) In late 2014 to 2015, Kenny has a relapse. His cancer spread to his brain. Doctor advice is to undergo Chemotherapy and Radiology. After months of treatment, the doctor in Singapore told him that he need not come back for treatment.

    14) Determined to stay alive, Kenny researched for alternative treatment. He found it in Netherlands, Holland. Kenny travelled with his wife to Holland, Rotterham for the treatment. He left his baby son to his mum to take care.

    15) In August, his son just undergone another surgery

    16) After staying in Holland for 40 odd days, On 14th September, Kenny passed away in Holland, Rotterdam. His wife is with him

    The wife wish is for his baby boy to see Kenny for the last time. We respect that decision and is now starting a drive to get donation to pay for the transportation fees. From what we understand, the fees is minimum $10k to $50k, depending on the weight of the coffin and body. We will know how much the medical bills will be today.

    I have printscreen my account and Wei Ming account. We had cleared our money off the account. All donations will be used to pay for the bills. Remaining funds will go to the wife or the son.

    MFA informed that the nearest Sg embassy is in Belgium, Brussels. If we remit funds to Sg embassy in Belgium, his wife will need to take a train to Belgium to collect the funds.

    Either you can go to MFA and transfer funds to his wife or you can go through us and we will pay direct. All payments and statement of account will be posted online. We are checking if the wife has activated overseas withdrawal function also.

    Lim Wei Ming
    024-31813-3
    Posb savings

    Lim Wei Long
    032-56154-3
    Posb savings

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    I am receiving some messages asking why not release the funds to the wife. If we do that, Will the son still be receiving social welfare help for his operation and medical bills? Will the wife be eligible to apply for government assistance? Trust us to be trustee of the son. We will open an trustee account for the son

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    Updates: Kenny's wife is still facing problem getting the death certificate from the city council. Rotterdam is a remote countryside area. Without the death certificates, we can't activate FlyingHome. We are hoping today the authorities there can help release the death certificate soon.

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    Thank you all for your kind donation to Kenny family. It is today when I feel the world is a much brighter and nicer place to live in. I never expect such awesome response and am thankful to everyone of you. I do hope we can quickly complete the documentation work and bring Kenny back soon. And also hope the wife, son and his mum can be strong at this tough and testing times.

    Thank you all for your help. Every cent counts and you had just made his son life much better. We hope what we collated will be sufficient for his son medical and studies.

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

    Dear all, we had raised sufficient funds for Kenny's funeral. As of 12:26am on 16th September 2015, we had raised $98k! Many thanks to all the kind souls out there!

    As social media helped spread the words and Kenny's friends or Singaporeans going to all possible organizations to request for help, we received good news from various organization as listed below:

    1) Holland, Rotterdam hospital has waived all outstanding hospital bills!

    2) We had engaged "FlyingHome" to bring Kenny back from Holland. The service rendered will be from Holland hospital straight to the wake. We will pay $11,710 for the services. The good news is Tzu Chi Foundation will reimburse the family for the repatriation fees!

    3) Singapore Funeral Service will provide free funeral service for Kenny!

    The funds will be used to pay for Kenny's repatriation before the reimbursement, and to pay for his final resting place.

    The remaining sum will be deposited into his son account for his medical bills. Wei Ming and I will act as trustee. Because the son medical is paid by KK Hospital social welfare and reviewed every 6 months, we will activate the fund should the review fail to continue. We will also use the fund to pay for his school allowance when he starts schooling. We will provide until he finish university. If there are still remaining funds after he graduate, we will release the funds to him as his Dad's gift for him.

    Kenny's wife will receive S$50k+ payout from Kenny's Dependency Protection Scheme. Should there be any need for assistance especially before she finds a job, we will release partial funds to help her.

  • Zach Lim
    1 year ago

  • Kenneth Tan
    1 year ago

    Please move on with your life and our thoughts and prayers are with you and family of late Mr Kenny Tan.

  • Shielia Tan
    1 year ago

    Deepest condolences to his family and friends. A small token and hope his son speedy recovery. Hope his wife stay strong ! 加油 !

  • Lei Lei
    1 year ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I hope he has home insurance for his bto so at least his wife will have one less thing to worry about.

  • jongcy
    1 year ago

    God bless you and your family :)

  • Lim
    1 year ago

  • Lynette Cr
    1 year ago

    Please donate to help this family

  • Hei Wan Lau
    1 year ago

    To my dearest friend, Kenny.
    Rest In Peace..

    Condolences to Kenny's wife and his family members.

  • Mrs. Sim
    1 year ago

    Rest in Peace Kenny. Condolences to Mrs. Tan and the family. "After your season of sufferings, God in all His Grace will Restore, Confirm, Strengthen and Establish you." 1 Peter 5:10.

  • John Lee
    1 year ago

  • Desiree Koh 古
    1 year ago

    Deeply saddened by the loss of your son, husband, father, brother and friend (Kenny). May the Lord bless and comfort all of you during this time of grief.

  • 郭翔苓
    1 year ago

    My deepest condolences to the family of Kenny.

  • Mag Ng
    1 year ago

    God bless Kenny's family! Thanks for your kind effort Zach!

  • Delon Chew
    1 year ago

    My deepest condolences to the family of Kenny.

  • Dex Tai
    1 year ago

    thank you Weiming and Zach for starting this crowdfunding. Being a father of a young toddler I cant help but grieve the lost of a breadwinner.
    Mrs Kenny, stay strong amd raise junior up as Kenny would like him to be. Rest in peace Kenny.
    -fellow Singaporean, father.

  • Zoey Lim
    1 year ago

    Xoxo

  • Allan Tan
    1 year ago

    Thank you for doing this. Best wishes to the wife n son. Pls take great care.

  • Annie Lim
    1 year ago

    Can we write to the airline to appeal for waive of the charges?

  • Anthony Goh
    1 year ago

    Rest in Peace my friend. May you come back soon.

  • Adrianne Tolentino
    1 year ago

    God bless you and your family. ❤️

  • Alicia Kwok
    1 year ago

    I am sure Kenny is a very brave man. RIP and hope the family can stay strong.

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