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Kids, samaritans reach out to the sick

The message is clear: One is never too young or far to be a Samaritan.

Grade and high schoolers of Yeon Soo-St. Jude International School here turned over P3,500 last Thursday for Irish Gulitiw, a 14-year old suffering from the debilitating effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

The donation served as the kids’ way of passing on the kindness of volunteers who recently guided them in exploring Baguio’s landscape under the city’s “Urban Heritage Walk” for children, said school principal Jonalyn Anombra.

Irish, daughter of marginal farm laborers, recently underwent a pro bono check-up at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City on request of mayor Mauricio Domogan.

She returned home to an uncle’s home at  Camp 7 with support from Baguio boy and expatriate Joel Aliping. The girl, who can hardly stand and is on protective mask, is now being monitored by rheumatologist, Dr. Emily Ruiz of the Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital here.

Yesterday, 31-year old cancer patient Donna Mae Sagmayao had her second of six chemotherapy treatment cycles, thanks to two anonymous donors. One had a messenger hand over to Donna P14,000, the cost of the therapy. The other had P5,000 and a Bible delivered, also through a courier.

“I would like to humbly thank you for your financial help and for encouraging and praying for me,” Donna wrote the donors, whoever and wherever they are.

These gestures followed a P12,000 support kids of  Brent School also raised for 13-year old cancer victim Mark Anthony Viray, a taxi driver’s son who dreams of one day flying an airplane.

Brent alumnus and international car racing champion Carlos Anton matched the amount for a total donation of P24,000. As did Anton’s businessmen friends provide an equal counterpart last year when Brent School came up with a P17,500 support fund – P7,500 for Mark Anthony and P5,000 each for an ailing solo parent and a family of 10 facing eviction for non-payment of house rent.

Mark Anthony’s fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma began three years ago, with former world karate champion Julian Chees working the kid’s  corner with an initial P20,000 fund for the chemotherapy. 

These efforts recall how kids of Westmont School Montessori at Camp 7 prepared and sold  kimchi to help fund the treatment of other patients. Last year, they raised P8,000 and then P13,000 for Ashley Sabling, a 13-year old girl then undergoing life-time, twice-a-week hemodialysis for kidney failure.

Westmont school principal Carina Bugasto-Navarro, who had her wards meet Ashley twice, fought back tears when she learned Ashley passed on last November.

“We are grateful to Ashley for being an example of courage and patience, and for teaching all of us to be more grateful in life and see the blessings in everything," she said.

 
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