WHEN Maliana Shafii’s 10-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer, her world crumbled.
To make matters worse, she had to quit her factory job to take care of Muhammad Aidil Haziq who was diagnosed with Stage 3 T-cell lymphoma in July last year.
“We had no choice but to make do with my husband’s RM2,500 monthly salary.
“It was especially tough as we had to travel daily for seven to 10 consecutive days to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for Aidil’s chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments,” said Maliana who lives with her family in Rantau Panjang, Klang.
Travelling also took a toll on her as she had to leave home by 6am to make it for the 9am treatment sessions.
Fighting through traffic congestion daily on their way home with a child tired out after chemotherapy was an even bigger challenge, she added.
Fortunately for Maliana and Aidil, they were offered a place to stay at the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) Children’s Home of Hope, located on the fourth floor of the association’s building in Kampung Baru, which is a stone’s throw away from the hospital.
“It is truly a blessing. We are provided with a very comfortable place to stay, which comes with a kitchen as well,” said Maliana.
She said the facility also provided groceries and vegetables for the parents to cook for themselves and their ailing children.
“It truly reduces our financial burden and takes away the stress of travelling daily,” she added.
To keep the facility open and running smoothly, there will be a fundraising event called “I Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer” to be held at SOULed Out restaurant in Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, tomorrow from 11am till 5pm.
The colour gold is used to represent childhood cancer.
Event organiser Datin Seri Nadia Abdullah said the money raised would be used to cater for the children’s needs.
“I am doing this because I strongly believe NCSM Children’s Home of Hope signifies hope and provides solace to many families,” she said.
She added that Malaysian singers Poova, Vijay David and Vishnu would perform during the event.
Admission fee to the event is RM50 per person and there is no charge for children under 12.
“There will be various activities such as arts and crafts for children, a raffle draw, face painting, head and shoulder massage and an auction.
“And people can drop money into the gold donation box that will be set up at the event,” said Nadia.
She said the public could also donate directly to NCSM.
“Imagine if 230,000 people donated RM1 each, we would have raised a generous amount,” she added.
NCSM marketing director Indira Menon said the event would be a platform for the association to engage with the community as well as the corporate sector to raise the much needed funds.
“These funds will support the children during their stay with us and help take care of their expenses for travel, incidentals and additional nutritional requirements,” said Indira.
She added that NCSM was also in discussion with Hospital Kuala Lumpur to provide financial assistance to selected families of childhood cancer patients as recommended by the hospital.