DESPITE being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia — a rare form found in only one in 1,000 leukaemia patients — 10-year-old Leong Yu Qing is filled with passion for life.
Instead of letting fear and depression engulf her, Yu Qing from Pahang prefers to sing and dance to uplift people.
On Feb 20, Make-A-Wish Malaysia granted the little girl her unique wish to learn singing and dancing so she could hold her very own solo concert.
Despite undergoing treatment, Yu Qing prepared for her concert with help from the organisation. She attended dance classes, courtesy of Jean Gan Ballet School.
Make-A-Wish Malaysia also gifted her a karaoke set for her to practise her skills.
Yu Qing chose to sing Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up, in dedication to her parents Stanley Leong and Ally Goh, as well as Thanks and Listen To Me Thank You in gratitude to all those who had helped her.
Leong and Goh have been extremely supportive of their daughter and recorded her practice and progress along the way. All this provided them some relief amid the treatments and effects of the movement control order.
In accordance with the Covid-19 SOP, Yu Qing’s concert was held in the safety of her home and attended only by her family.
Selangor princess and Make-A-Wish royal patron Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah was among the online audience, and when the curtains were raised, nothing could keep the young star from making her wish to shine come true.
Her recorded concert is now available on the Make-A-Wish YouTube channel (Make-A-Wish Malaysia).
Since debuting on the charity’s channel in April, it has surpassed over 2,000 likes. Encouraged by the positive response, the aim now is to get 5,000 likes.
Yu Qing’s wish, like many other children’s, was planned and executed by a team of Make-A-Wish trained volunteers.
It was made possible by donations raised by Jean Gan’s Family Stretchercise classes held online last year where participants from Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom made donations amounting to over RM14,000, helping to grant three other wishes besides Yu Qing’s.
“Yu Qing’s battle against acute promyelocytic leukemia isn’t over yet and she remains upbeat and even looks forward to going back to school again when it is safe to do so.
“We hope her wish story can serve as an encouragement to everyone, ” said Make-A-Wish Malaysia chief executive officer Irene Tan.
Its vice-chairman Datuk Linda Ngiam lauded Yu Qing’s family for their resilience during this very difficult time.
“In the midst of this pandemic, we are delighted to have met Yu Qing, a bright and confident child who has much to teach us about resilience and courage.
“Her positivity and cheerfulness are contagious.
“This is a wonderful example of how a wish can bring the community together, starting with the fundraising event in Hong Kong and now, granting a wish in Pahang, ” she said.