Sunday, July 26, 2009

A plea for help.

This is not a plea for help for myself, but rather for a 4 year old girl named Charmaine.

Yup, that's 4 year old Charmaine.

Charmaine is just 4 years old, much younger than the majority of you who read this blog and she has been diagnosed with 4th stage neuroblastoma, a cancer, giving her only a 10-20% chance of recovery if she continues treatment in Singapore.

Those are real slim chances, if you ask me.

The good news is that she stands a much better chance of survival if she does undergo treatment in New York, but the bad news that treatment over there costs a lot more. And her family just can't afford it, not unless the public steps up to the challenge and helps.

Nuffnang, our beloved blog advertising community is aiming to help raise $80,000 (SGD) to help improve that one little girl's chances, and with 40,000 Nuffnangers in Singapore and loads more back home in Malaysia, reaching that goal wouldn't be a problem if we all step up to this challenge and do our parts.

It only takes $2 from each of the 40,000 Nuffnangers in Singapore for us to reach this target, to offer this girl a better chance of surviving the cancer, giving her a better opportuinity to do all those things that we tend to take for granted in our lives - like taking her first major exam; going out on her first date; graduating from university; and receiving our first paycheck.

This is one girl who's chances are slim enough already, and I think that it is only fitting that we all chip in to increase her chances at survival, to increase her chances at being able to live her life to the fullest.

If this cause is one that you believe in, please spread the word, and just click here for more information on Charmaine's cause and how to donate.

I thought that I had a rough week, but looking at things in perspective made me remember just how lucky I am. Thank you, my closest and dearest friends, for supporting me when I really needed it most.

They say that the best way to bring yourself out of the slumps in life is to go do a good deed, something that would put a smile on another person's face.

"A good deed is one that brings a smile of joy on to the face of another."
- Prophet Muhammad

That girl means the world to her parents. Do the right thing today, and put a smile on someone's face.