I have come across a lot of charity activities and operations from all around the world functioning for all kinds of reasons, many which would involve both huge and small scale to induce sympathy amongst people living ordinary everyday lives and in hope that they would fork out a copious amount of money from their pocket to fit into funding of the purpose of whatever the operation intended. It has become such a norm that whenever there is a street beggar asking for a dollar, I would just instantly look away and shiver with the thought that... "Geeez.. those creeps are everywhere !!!"
And then one fine day, I stumbled upon Yvonne Foong (click), an infamous Malaysian Blogger, whom coincidentally is also doing a stretch of fund raising activities. What struck me the most is, she is doing those things, for one reason. She is fighting to stay alive.
Looking through some of the older archives in her blog, it really hit me hard. First and most apparently, I am deeply touched by her will to live. She has been inflicted with a disease (Neurofibromatisis) that caused her to suffer a great deal, yet her spirit is not dampened. She stayed strong, with sheer determination, she is surviving and pulling through all those difficult times. She is fighting death. Now this is not just an ordinary girl, this girl, lives with an astonishing purpose.
This girl lives her life to stay alive !!!
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What I truly admire in her, is that she has been doing all those, with smiles on her face. Such angelic smile, showing so much love and compassion, though she is suffering only God and her knows how much. Her smile, is truly dazzling, and heart warming. A smile from someone who so unfailingly believes in hope, and walks forward on the thorny and fiery path, no matter how much it hurts. A smile that shines through pain and desperation. That is really, priceless.
She has not been idle. She has done so many things, rock concerts, T-shirt sales and so on just to raise funds for her operation. However, the amount raised so far is slightly over 30% of the required amount.
She wrote a book, entitled "I'm Not Sick, Just A Bit Unwell: Life With Neurofibromatisis".
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From her lifelong battle with Neurofibromatisis to her being crowned as The Most Outstanding Youth of 2005, Yvonne Foong's story is both moving and extraordinary. If you have ever wondered what it was like to cope with an incurable illness, this book introduces you to the day-by-day realities of the teenager who is the girl next door.
This book is published and made available for sales purely to raise funds to support the surgery for Yvonne. All the benefits of the book sales will completely be directed to Yvonne, and no profit or whatsoever shall be pocketed by any party. Although I have not read this book, I can tell that there is a very strong message of HOPE in it. Hope is something so fragile, something seemed fable in this fast moving and ever changing world full of tears and desperation. Hope is very much needed by the world today. I believe this book will strongly portray the powerful message of Hope from frist hand experience and the inspiration that would touch our lives extensively.
Please, fellow bloggers, please help spread this word in anyway that you can, dedicate a blog entry on Yvonne or anything you can do in your power to contribute what you are capable of for her operation. God has a plan for her, I strongly believe she will be the message and icon of hope for this generation, and her story of survival will change the lives of many. Her hope will shine through her life. I know she will make it. I have faith in God, as well as in her.
For those of you in Perth, go to Cynical-idealist (click) for purchasing details. For more enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Do grab a copy. Why? Because I will be getting one.
To Yvonne, we will walk with you !!
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