Saturday, June 27, 2009

You can help save the life of 4 year old Singaporean girl Charmaine


Meet 4 year old Charmaine. She has been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a debilitating cancer that occurs in children and has been given a 10% chance of survival by her doctors in Singapore.

Watch this video of Charmaine in NUH for her 4th chemo session. She's a brave and cute girl!

There's a new trial drug (3F8) available in the United States that has been known to dramatically increase survival rates by up to five times. The drug is being administered at New York's Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Centre, considered the world’s premier center for treating children with neuroblastoma. With this treatment, Charmaine could have a 50% chance to live, but it comes with a hefty S$500,000 price tag!

To help pay for her medical fees, local football legends Rafi Ali, Fandi Ahmad, Abbas Saad, Malek Awab and more, will come together once again tomorrow, Sunday, 28 June 2009, to host a charity game featuring a Media & All-Stars team against the former ‘Dream Team’. Details below.

Date: Sunday, 28 June 2009
Venue: Tampines Stadium, 25 Tampines Street 82, S528988
Time: 5pm
Price: S$10 (tickets can be purchased at Tampines Stadium)

Other organizations have also been forthcoming with donations and fundraising initiatives. Tampines Rovers Football Club, for example, has kindly offered its stadium grounds as a venue for the charity match, and has volunteered to handle ticketing matters. Staff and management of ladies’ spa Subtle Senses have also come forward as volunteers to collect donations at the charity event that will go towards Charmaine’s medical fund. Subtle Senses will further support the cause by giving away vouchers to every donor to redeem for a complimentary spa treatment. Other organizations that have come forward to help include Coca-Cola, Bengawan Solo and many more.

The game will be hosted by MediaCorp actor Oli Pettigrew and Paul Foster from the drama series Red Thread. Also attending is the Minister for National Development and MP for Tampines GRC Mr Mah Bow Tan. Charmaine and her family are expected to attend the event.

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