At the beginning of 2020, Balong was admitted to Baguio General Hospital where he was suffering from swelling of the lower limbs and experiencing excruciating pain. During a biopsy, the doctors noticed that his appendix and part of his colon were affected which led to appendectomy and colectomy. The official diagnosis was stage 4 embryonal sarcoma, which needed him to undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
We raised £3,369(minus FB fees) through Facebook fundraising during the summer to pay for his treatment and during May 2020 he was able to eat solid food, feel less pain, and was getting stronger. These funds paid for continuous rounds of chemotherapy, expensive medications such as pain reliever (that he takes 3x a day), and paid for his expenses for nearly 10 months. This was amazing and it really touched our hearts how everyone came together and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
However, his chemotherapy is still ongoing and during the end of December 2020, spending his Christmas and New Years' in the hospital, Eduard was confined to the hospital to drain water from his lungs because of Pneumonia. Due to the frequent trips to the hospital, he caught Covid-19 and was tested positive and he is now in the ICU. He has had difficulty speaking because of his constant feeling of chest pains and coughing. I personally can't even start to imagine being in constant pain in different parts of your body for over 10 months and it being a constant battle.
This next round of fundraising is for his constant expenses as medical care is expensive in the Philippines:
- Covid-19 treatment as the government hospital has run out of it, trying Remdesivir vial
- Continuous medication such as pain relievers and antidepressants
- Chemotherapy sessions for his specific sarcoma diagnosis
- Hospital bills
We understand that everyone is going through difficulties at the moment due to the pandemic and the financial constraints it has burdened everyone. This is a plea for any amount that you could spare and most importantly, for your prayers and thoughts for our brother Balong.
Thank you, everyone, for every penny, every comment, every share and like, every prayer, and good thoughts! God bless everyone <3
This fundraising is set in pounds so please convert before adding in the amount from a different currency - apologies for this as I can't control it. For any technical difficulties please reach out to me on any of my social media platforms or comment below. Additionally, let me know if you want to send it to me and I can add it as an offline donation (I will make sure to send you a screenshot of the donation being added to the fundraising).
- James Pang
- Audrey Alveraz
- Gabriel Lance Diaz
- Anna Carlisle
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