Dear Friends and colleagues,
I hope you’ve been keeping well and safe in this COVID-19 environment. I am reaching out and asking for your assistance on a personal matter.
As you may know, I’ve had a major change in my life last year – my wife, Amy, passed away due to complications arising from her treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Amy was diagnosed with AML on December 11, 2018. Needless to say, that we did not host our annual extended family Christmas party at our home as we were overwhelmed with her cancer treatments. We were in and out of the University of Alberta Hospital and the Cross Cancer Clinic so often that they became our second homes. Amy was treated by amazing doctors and nurses. Into early 2019, we were informed that with a match, she would qualify for a stem cell transplant operation, which would extend her life. We mobilized our family and friends globally in the search for a stem cell match. Through checking donor databases and extensive blood testing, we were lucky to find a match.
Mid 2019, we were informed that due to schedule changes, an operations window had opened at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC). We quickly moved to Calgary so that Amy can undergo the stem cell transplant. It was amazing that God made the transition so smoothly. We found a vacant two bedroom fully furnished apartment with underground parking near the hospital, and I was able to continue with my consulting work remotely.
So, picture my scenario…
At times, while she’s being treated in the hospital, I would be in the hallway waiting for her while connected back to my client’s office. Many nights I spent with her sleeping on the reclining chair that the nurses had arranged for me. This went on for several months until she was finally discharged by TBCC.
We were hopeful of a successful operation and moved back to Edmonton. A couple of months later, her blood count started to fluctuate again, and the disease had resurfaced. Amy was back on Chemotherapy treatments and we both knew that this is a matter of time as we know we are losing the battle.
You know, as Asians don’t like to discuss death, or anything related to death. Its amazing that Amy and I discuss this matter to the point where I bought my iPad to her hospital room and we looked up cemetery plots, caskets, and other arrangements together. Shortly after that, God recalled my angel home. Again, the funeral service went smoothly because we had the opportunity to plan together.
Now I am convinced that I can use my skills to help raise funds for research in the fight against blood cancer. So, you see, this has become personal to me.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma society’s signature fundraising and community event, Light The Night, is coming up on October 23rd, 2021. I am reaching out to ask for your support. And remember, every dollar counts in the research for a cure for blood cancer.
I have established a team, named “The A Team” for remembering Amy. Please contribute generously and together we can push to eradicate this disease.
Our team’s goal is to raise $8,888.88 by October 23rd
(as you can surmise, this is the Asian luck number, so please help push us over the top. Thank you)
You can help by:
Donating $50, $75, $100, $200, $500 or $1000 to our team page (donations of $25+ will receive a tax receipt) – please be sure to click the “Donate to the team” button at the top of this page
Joining my team, “The A Team”, and let’s fundraise together! Click the “Join the team” button at the top of this page and we’ll get started!
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for supporting us in any way you can!
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