Monday, October 3, 2011

Remembering Eunice- A Charity Blogging for Cancer Awareness Project


A fellow blogger has encouraged me to join this Charity Blogging Cancer Awareness Project. All I have to do is to post a blog about Cancer to help people increase their awareness about cancer and how to cure and prevent it. The goal of this project is not only limited to providing awareness to the readers but also help a support group for cancer warriors and survivors. For every 10 blogposts, one Prosure formula will be donated to CanShare. If you want to read more about this project and you would like to participate, just go to http://www.lifeandfever.com/2011/09/charity-blogging-for-cancer-awareness.html.

When I decided to join this charity blogging event, the first person that came to my mind is my former Grade 6 student Eunice Joy Bayogan. 


There’s a conviction in me to participate because this will not only help those who are on the battlefield of Cancer but everyone.

I’ve met her last June 2007 and I am not aware that this bubbly, charming and smart kid has an on-going battle with cancer. According to her father’s Multiply page, Eunice has been diagnosed of Acute MyelogenousLeukemia (AML). Basically, it’s a blood cancer and considered one of the worst forms of Leukemia.

I’ve discovered that Eunice is in serious battle against an illness when I asked her classmates about her consecutive absences. Eunice was one of the reasons why I love to conduct lectures on their section. She was one of those active and participative students in class, in fact she was an honor pupil in class. As much as she loves to go to school and study, she was prevented by a doctor to attend school for a series of treatment, hence the reason of her absences. While other kids are enjoying the freedom to go to school and play at park, Eunice is in the hospital fighting for her life.

Eunice is blessed to have a wonderful and supportive family who wish nothing but her welfare and helped her on the pursuit to live a normal life. With the help of friends, relatives and competent medical team, Eunice was able to combat the disease. But we all know that if it is about cancer, we are actually taking a losing battle. 


The disease has gradually dominated her body but she still has the determination and the perseverance to fight. During her birthday, she went to my classroom and she brought with her an apple. She gave the apple to me with a wry smile. I refused to consider the possibility that this could be her last birthday. I told her that she’s a strong girl and her life is an inspiration to others, she reciprocated with a sweet smile.

Eunice’s has exhausted all her strengths and courage to win the battle, but it has come to an end.


Although the disease has ravaged her body, we know that Eunice didn’t lose the fight. She had fought a good fight and that is good enough to inspire us who are left behind.

The journey towards curing a cancer is very painful and costly. When you know that you or your love one is in the verge of death because of cancer, you have no choice but to become strong and to hold on your faith that you will gonna win the fight. 

But there are some basic and natural steps for us to avoid battle with cancer. The keyword is PREVENTION. The battle against the cancer will only happen if you are in the process of curing, but what better way to avoid the cure is actually to prevent it. The only way we can prevent cancer is by knowing about it. In order to win the fight, you must know your enemy. So I have summarized below the most basic and natural ways to do to prevent cancer:


1. Exercise

When it comes to health advices or disease prevention tips, exercise will never be out of the list.In cancer prevention, exercise is the number 1 and the most effective way. If you will exercise at least 30 minutes a day and 5 times a week, you will lower the risk of cancer.

2. Healthy Diet

What we are eating sometimes is the primary reason of cancer. We have been exposed too much with a variety of foods contaminated with different chemicals and other ingredients that are not good for the health. Fruits and Vegetables free from any chemical contamination are still the best food to take. You should have it on your diet. Choose also to eat fewer high fat foods. If you are vigilant with that you are eating, you will live a cancer free life.

3. No to Tobacco, Drink Moderately

Use any type of tobacco regularly and you will help cancer find the shortest route to ruin your life. If you want to get rid of cancer, stop using tobacco. If you will stop using it, you will not only save your life, but also the people around you who can inhale the secondhand smoke you produce. Drinking alcoholic beverages is one thing that can also attract cancer. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do it moderately.

Nobody can help us to prevent cancer but ourselves. Let us be responsible enough and be a good steward of the body and life that has been entrusted to us.

As a part of this Cancer Awareness project, a whole-day event for cancer patients and survivors called “SANTA SPECIAL 2011: A Christmas Tribute To Cancer Warriors”,  is to be held this coming December 3 and 4, 2011 at Shift Bar, near Dig Radio Studios, @ R&D Building, 7615 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati. There are free gift bags, performances, caricatures, and photo booths. It’s also going to be fun. I am cordially inviting anyone who has had cancer before. If you have relatives, friends, or if you know any indigent patients with cancer, please invite them! Join us for a day of fun with comedians, magicians, caricaturists, and other performers. It's a first come, first served - and it's free entrance but reservations are needed - so please send doc_alma_jones (at) yahoo (dot) com the ff info if any of your friends want to book reservations:

1. name
2. cel number
3. diagnosis (as only cancer patients are allowed to join. Let's save the cancer warriors and survivors to get the freebie. :D )
 

You can also help financially by sending your donations to PayPal account doc_alma_jones (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Thank you and God Bless you.

Special thanks to Mr. Jon Bayogan, Eunice’s father, who allowed me to use Eunice’s story of fighting against cancer and for the photos.

4 comments:

  1. So sad when such a person passes, especially a kid.. So sorry!

    Had no idea physical fitness & heath could actually prevent cancer, thought it just gave you a better chance fighting. Where did you found that fact? Could be good read and.. thanks for telling!

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  2. I've read this over several health and fitness websites...I'd like to quote this:

    "The American Cancer Society recommends exercising 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for cancer prevention."

    from http://cancer.about.com/od/causes/tp/exercise.htm

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  3. It's truly disheartening when we know a lot of people are dying of cancer everyday.

    I think we can do more than raising awareness. We can help out charities that help these kinds of people, be it through financial (donations) or physical (volunteer) means.

    I would just want to share this article about how we (even students) can allocate funds for Charity.

    I believe it would be ideal if everybody knows the value of sharing the gifts we are receiving to people who are in need.

    Thanks for this blog post!

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  4. "If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it
    Help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save lives"!
    mawaddainternationalaid

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