The patient – Edwin Chen Edwin Chen is a young man who due a series of unexpected symptoms starting with high fever, night chills, bone pain and dizziness for a few nights, was brought for to an emergency room for examination. Although he thought he is suffering from flu, he was diagnosed in Singapore General Hospital (SGH) with an Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on July 11th 2016. The diagnosis was based on blood tests and verified by bone marrow aspirate evaluation.
Edwin’s Medical Condition: The Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a type of blood cancer that if left untreated, it will leave Edwin with 6 months to live. The common treatment for AML is a combinatory chemotherapy that reduces the number of fast-growing cancerous cells. Due the fact that the chemotherapy decreases the white blood cells, the immune system of patients is affected as well. This requires a stay under rather sterile conditions in an isolation room. Edwin was admitted to the Hematology department of SGH immediately after his diagnosis was made and will stay warded in isolation until he has completed at least 5 cycles of a chemotherapy treatment. The chemotherapy treatment requires regular blood test controls as well bone marrow aspirate evaluations.
Edwin’s Financial Situation: Edwin had just started his new employment and worked at the new working place for less than 3 weeks. Due to short employment years that are counted into the Medisave account, he accumulated only 800 SGD in total. Unfortunately, Edwin cannot support himself fully with a medical insurance or low savings.
Edwin’s Hobbies: Edwin enjoys water sports during the weekends and regularly visits gym after office hours. In his spare time, he happily indulges in TV drama series and movies just like any other person.
Edwin’s Family: Edwin's parents are both in their late 50s. Edwin’s father is currently self-employed and the sole breadwinner of the household juggling between daily family expenses, HDB loan, insurance, and the study loans of Edwin's 2nd sister. Edwin’s mother had recently gone on temporary unpaid leave to take care of Edwin's daily needs at the hospital.
Edwin’s Need to Support: Edwin is in a great need to raise at least SGD 25,000 to lighten the load of his total hospitalisation bill by the end of December 2016 (estimated SGD 50,000 for 5 cycles of chemotherapy including the hospitalisation fees). Hence, your help and support are very much needed and any amount is greatly appreciated.
For more information and/or verification of the situation, kindly email to (email hidden).
Disclaimer: Rayki Goh (screen name: Rayki IsHere) is only the Campaign Manager responsible for providing editing and page management support. The Campaign Manager will have no access to the raised funds or other sensitive information. All funds raised are wired to Edwin Chen's Personal Bank Account VIA https://stripe.com/sg. If you'll like to visit Edwin's Facebook Page, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/estarkt?fref=ts or connect with him personally on Instagram EDWINTAN. Cheers! :)
FAQs: Q: Why is the donation page linked to a social media (facebook) account? A: It is required by GiveAsia to sign-in with a facebook account.
Q: Why is the Facebook Account Rayki IsHere linked to a completely different person from the donee? A: Rayki Goh (screen name: Rayki IsHere) is a friend of Edwin's and has volunteered to assist in running the campaign page on his behalf while he focus on the treatment.
Q: How do I verify that this is not a scam? A: Edwin will be updating his Instagram feed to better authenticate himself. Due to inconvenient of visiting him in the ward which may expose Edwin to common germs or bacteria that could lead to severe infection when his blood count is low during his Chemotherapy, we hope you understand that this is quite impractical. If you have any question feel free to email him or connect with him through email, facebook, or Instagram. (But it would be best if you allow him to rest because cancer patient needs it)