As a result of a road accident in 2015, Mr Heng suffered from a stroke and has been certified as medically unfit for work since then. The 62 year old used to be the sole breadwinner of the family and was able to make ends meet working as a taxi driver. Unfortunately, half of his body became permanently numb after the accident and he was unable to perform heavy lifting ever since. Mr Heng ‘s coordination skills also began to decline as he became more prone to falling down. He also occasionally suffers from epilepsy.
His wife, Mdm Chea Phon, then took on the responsibility and started working at a bakery shop to earn an income to feed the family of 3. Just when the family is trying to get their life back in order, Mdm Chea Phon was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2016. ROHI’s case managers visited her while she was receiving chemotherapy and we all found her to be a resilient, strong and cheerful lady. She never gives up and always greeted us with a smile when we visited. Her personality is so contagious that it was hard not to admire her strength when faced with adversities.
Mr Heng and his wife reached out to us again this year to inform us that Mdm Chea Phon’s conditions have aggravated. In February 2018, the doctor informed them that the cancer cells have spread to the brain and she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. The family is struggling to pay for her radiotherapy treatments that amounted up to $40,000. On top of that, the family still has arrears to pay. Mr Heng is unable to take care of his wife as he is ill and often weak. Thus, their son who is currently in his last year of university, has applied for Leave of Absence (LOA) to care for his mum. Unfortunately, their son is unable to extend his LOA any further and has to go back to school in order for him to graduate in time. On top of schooling and caregiving, he is also working part-time to help supplement the family’s income. He also has a huge sum of tuition fee to pay off and the family currently has no source of income.
ROHI hopes to help Mr Heng and his wife with her cancer treatment costs.
Your contributions will help give hope to the family during this difficult time. Help Mdm Chea Phon, so that she can focus on recovering and does not have to worry about cancer treatment costs any longer.
22 Jun 2018
We met Mdm Chea Pon for her first cheque disbursement!
Thank you donors for your kind donations! ROHI's team previously visited Mdm Chea Pon for her first cheque disbursement. We heard that her husband was recently admitted to the hospital, but thankfully, their son was around when the incident happened. Mdm Chea Pon also went through an operation recently and is currently recuperating. She is often lethargic and has to take naps throughout the day. Their son is worried about having someone to care for his elderly parents now that school is starting soon. The family is immensely thankful for all the help that donors have extended!