【URGENT APPEAL FOR SAVING A LIFE】 This is an urgent appeal for your generosity to save the life of the 17-month-old son of Dr. CHEUNG Chun Kit, our medical alumnus of Class 2000.
Dr. Cheung Chun Kit is a CUHK medical graduate of Year 2000. His younger son, Cheung Ho Yan Mark, has recently been diagnosed to have Stage IV Neuroblastoma in November 2018, and is in an emergency need of donation to provide the necessary funding to support the life-saving yet expensive immunotherapy.
Mark was presented to his paediatrician for fever and cough in late October 2018. His cough resolved with treatment but his fever never completely went away. Two days prior to his diagnosis, Mark was more clingy than usual and did not like to walk. On a video clip, Mark was noted to have foot drop, a very significant red flag which may indicate a compression on the spinal cord. Emergency scans were immediately performed that night, and Mark was found to have a large tumour on the left side of his abdomen. The aggressive tumour had already spread silently to the back of his skull, his spine, his hips and had compressed his nerves which control his lower limbs, resulting in pain on standing and difficulty in walking. Mark is facing an imminent risk of paralysis.
Mark is diagnosed to have a rare childhood cancer which is called Stage IV neuroblastoma, a cancer which typically presents at late stage because it arises deep in the abdomen. To cure his aggressive cancer, Mark needs to survive through rounds of intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, bone marrow transplant, and finally, immunotherapy. The whole treatment duration lasts 1.5 to 2 years. To completely eradicate all cancer cells, immunotherapy will be needed to boost Mark’s survival from 20% to 50%. However, immunotherapy is a self-financed treatment in the public hospital and the treatment costs could be up to 2 million.
Such close encounter with death is not the first time for Mark. At the first week of life, Mark was diagnosed to have a rare heart problem called “Coarctation of Aorta”. Mark had received life-saving surgery to reestablish the blood flow across his aorta, the major blood vessel that allows blood to go from the heart to the brain and the rest of the body. In a report published in 2002, only 67 cases with dual heart condition and neuroblastoma were reported, giving an odd of 1 in 100 million for a child to be hit by these two rare diseases. Scientists have not yet completely understood the mechanisms that may cause the two conditions to appear in a single child.
It never rains but pours that Mark’s elder brother, now 5 years old, was diagnosed to have autism at around age 2. To enable the elder brother to have intensive training to improve his outcome and development, Mark’s mommy quit her job as a primary school teacher since the diagnosis of autism was made for his elder brother. Dr. Cheung, who is a medical doctor for the elderly, became the sole bread-winner of his family.
CUHK Medical Graduates of Year 2000 have initiated a fund-raising campaign for Mark and his family with the following two objectives:
1. To appeal for donation to support the costs of immunotherapy for Mark 2. To increase the public awareness on the grave needs of children with cancers
【Ways to Donate】
1. By Bank Transfer
Bank Name: China Citic Bank International Bank Account: CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation Limited 772-1-04297600
Please send the copy of bank pay-in-slip, specifying the purpose of donation being “For Cheung Ho Yan Mark’s Treatment”, by email / by mail to the office of CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation Limited (address below).
2. By Crossed Cheque
• Cheque payable to “CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation Limited” • Please specify the purpose of donation “For Cheung Ho Yan Mark’s Treatment” at the back of the cheque • By mail to the office of CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation Limited
【CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation Limited】
Office Address: Units 1802, Dominion Centre, 43-59 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Email: [email protected] Telephone: 2180 4316
The following professors from the Faculty of Medicine in the CUHK have kindly shown their support and endorsed the above fund-raising campaign for Mark:
Professor Tai-fai FOK, SBS, JP Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President, CUHK Choh-Ming Li Professor of Paediatrics
Professor Sheung-Chee Sydney CHUNG Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK Senior Consultant in General Surgery, Union Hospital
Professor Shekhar Madhukar KUMTA Assistant Dean (Education), Faculty of Medicine, CUHK Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Tumours, Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology Director, Teaching and Learning Resource Centre Honorary Senior Medical & Health Officer, Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hospital Authority
Professor MOK Chung Tong, Vincent Assistant Dean (Admissions), Faculty of Medicine, CUHK Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine Head of Neurology, Division of Neurology Professor, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics Director, Master of Science Programme in Stroke and Clinical Neurosciences Director, Therese Pei Fong Chow Research Centre for Prevention of Dementia
Dr. Alex PW LEE Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Prince of Wales Hospital
Dr. Mak Dun-Ping Arthur Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK