Friday, January 25, 2008

Cousin passed away due to leukemia

Life is really unpredictable, and often things just turned out not what we wanted to be. On 22nd January 2008, my cousin, Chun Chong lost in his determined battle against leukemia, and passed away on that day. There went the future of a very bright and determined youth, who had just a few years ago, was granted JPA Scholarships to study in Germany.

Eventually, he never managed to make that journey to Germany. He got leukemia when he was in preparatory program, and was hospitalized for many months. Managed to fight through the battle of sickness, he managed to go back to Multimedia University to do his foundation program. But unfortunately, his health turned bad again in May 2007 and finally lost his life on 22nd January 2008. He had been fighting determinedly to recover from his sickness.

I can definitely sense the sadness in my uncle and aunt, who really gave their very best in taking care of him. That's the beauty of parents' undivided love for their children. However, things are just not what we can predict.

He managed to write a will to his family before he passed away (The letter was only found after he passed away). He passed on his laptop and books to his younger sister. He asked his family members to eat vegetables, fruits and drink more water. He asked his family not to feel too sad about him.

Am very sad about this. Hope that my uncle, aunt and family would be able to go through this. I was able to be back in Parit Buntar for the prayers last night and the final prayers this morning before he was brought to Taiping for his funeral. Condolence to my uncle, aunt and family.

The link for Chun Chong's blog

Attached is an article on Kwong Wah Jit Poh

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本报独家报导惊动各界 亲友纷往丧府慰问
二零零八年一月二十三日 晚上十一时四十四分


(巴里文打23日讯)凭着过人的意志力和斗志,与血癌病魔拼搏了2年半的时间;一度他战胜了,再次重新回到了校园重拾书本,不料,老天爷却与他开了一个人生中最大的玩笑,于去年5月份开始,再次要他折腾于化疗的痛苦过程,杨俊忠终究是不曾放弃过,甚至连医生亦不愿意为他进行最后一次的化疗前提下,他毅然坚定意志地说:“我要与血癌放手一搏”!

然而杨俊忠最终还是于昨日上午8时30分,离开了最疼爱他的亲人以及关心他的朋友们和读者们。

本报在获晓此消息后,第一时间前往丧府采访,详细的独家报导于昨晚刊登出来后,即惊动了原本祈愿俊忠经已痊愈的热心人士、朋友、同窗同学、社团领袖等,纷纷于昨日前往丧府慰问。

坚持到底精神可嘉

俊忠的生前同窗友好和师长,阅报后获知噩讯,纷纷到来瞻仰俊忠的遗容,惟俊忠所留下的坚持到底精神,会永永远远鼓励大家积极面对人生,不管是再大的风浪和挑战,也要勇敢地面对和克服。

感激院方等热心人士 杨锡初铭感五中

其父杨锡初向本报指出,这些日子以来,院方医务人员无微不至的照顾,国州议员、学校、华团领袖和热心人士,有者甚至是素昧平生的,也亲自送来善款,在俊忠病逝的消息传出后,也赶紧到来慰问的义举,深深令他感动。

他也通过本报向广大关心俊忠的读者们和朋友们致谢,也感激本报这数年来多番详尽的跟进报导,以及广大热心读者的捐助,引起了各地人士的关注,他及全家人都铭感五中。

《好人好事》雪中送炭

他赞扬本报数十年以来,除了为读者们提供翔实的报导外,也积极推动慈善公益活动,其中《好人好事》是最有公信且筹款率最高的,病人得以从中受惠,俊忠就曾在本报的《好人好事》中重拾生命。

自小就非常乖巧和成绩不错的杨俊忠,就读巴里文打新华小学,曾担任过学长团团长,以及当选全校男模范生,续往吉辇中学深造时,成绩和课外活动表现依然标青,活跃于校内的资源中心和红新月会,中三那年的大马初中评估考试,也考获8科A的特优成绩,是师长们和同学们疼惜和爱戴的好好学生。

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's really sad to hear the passing of such a young guy. My condolences to his family and friends.

The caterpillar said...

My condolences. I had a junior who happened to share a similar fate.She was recieved a scholarship to go overseas but she was diagnosed with colon cancer(it was genetically inherited as her father also died ofthe disease) a few weeks before she was even enrolled.She passed away while during treatment and did not manage to leave any will for her family and friends.At least, your cousin managed to pass down his last words to the ones he loved.

Chen Chow said...

Thanks for your condolences.

Caterpillar, very sorry to hear about your junior. Condolences to her family.

Life is really unpredictable.

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