Ailing children enjoy cherished wishes ahead of Malaysia Day

SUBANG JAYA, 15 Sept 2017: 

Five ailing children across the country got their wishes fulfilled by the Children’s Wish Society of Malaysia ahead of Malaysia Day.

In the north, 14-year-old Agalyen Ramachandran from Nibong Tebal in Penang got his wish for a laptop from the society when CWS Malaysia board member Dr Foong Swee Yeok dropped in at his home.

Agalyen suffers from osteosarcoma Stage IV with lung metastasis. He underwent an amputation in May 2015 below the right knee  and completed his chemotherapy by February 2016.

Unfortunately for him, his lung metastasis remained and did not get resolved. A recent CT scan in July this year shows disease progression.

Over in Ipoh, two ailing children were treated to a lifetime experience at the Movie Animation Park Studio (MAPS) in Perak just a few days ahead of Malaysia Day – making their excursion to the newly opened park an even more meaningful experience.

The full-day visit to the park – organised by the society in partnership with MAPS – gave the two girls and their families a whale of a time enjoying the facilities as well as the festivities lined up for visitors to the park; apart from meeting their favourite cartoon characters in person.

Nur Husna bt Abiddin, 10, was smiling from ear-to-ear as she explored the park with her family on the specially organised visit.

She suffers from an inoperable congenital heart disease – truncus arteriosus Type IV with pulmonary atresia and pulmonary hypertension.

She is currently under the palliative team for pain management with oral morphine. Nur Husna is the eldest in the family with two other siblings.

Also joining in the eye-opening MAPS excursion was two-year-old Nur Arissa Humaira from Kuala Lumpur. She had made the journey with her family and stayed overnight in Ipoh to enjoy her visit to MAPS.

Nur Arissa was recently diagnosed for relapsed high risk T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Although she looked frail, she smiled when she encountered Smurfs and other cartoon characters during her visit.

CWS Malaysia board member Gordon Hendricks, who is based in Ipoh, was on hand to accompany both families and join in the fun as well.

Crossing over to Kota Kinabalu, two ailing boys got their wish fulfilled when the society made the necessary arrangements to realise their wishes.

Nine-year-old Axel Arien Albinus from Tamaparuli – who wanted to experience an overnight stay in a hotel in the city – got his wish fulfilled when Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu responded by sponsoring a night’s stay in the junior suite for Axel and his family.

The young energetic lad – who used to enjoy swimming – got to jump into the hotel pool to swim a few laps despite the light drizzle in the afternoon.

Later in the evening, he got the chance to turn into a chef when he went behind the stove to cook up omelettes for the family and doctors who attended a special dinner hosted by the society.

On Wednesday, 14-year-old Mohammad Faisul Iman got his wish to be a fireman when the team from the Lintas Fire & Rescue Department came calling at the hospital to cheer him up.

Mohammad Faisul who suffers from precursor B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia donned the fireman’s uniform and was taken on a ride in the fire engine with sirens on. Later on he got to take on the task of trying out the fireman’s hose to put out a “fire”.

CWS Malaysia also surprised him with an early birthday party (his birthday is on Oct 8) when the firemen and guests sang him a birthday song before he blew the candle on his cake.

Children’s Wish Society of Malaysia vice president Teoh Teik Hoong said the society is very happy to have brought smiles to all five children, as well as their families who accompanied them.

“We are smiling because these 5 children smiled as they got their wishes fulfilled. Their smiles melt our hearts.

“This great opportunity to fulfil their wishes ahead of Malaysia Day makes it even more meaningful for us as we celebrate the birth of our nation.”

He added that the wishes were successfully fulfilled because corporate partners like MAPS, Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu and the Sabah Fire & Rescue Department stepped forward to make it a thumping success.

CWS Malaysia is a national charity dedicated to fulfilling wishes of terminally ill children across the country. Over the last 10 years, the society had fulfilled close to 700 wishes; working with corporate partners, government agencies and volunteers to help bring a smile back to ailing children.

Find out more about CWS Malaysia on their Facebook: CWSMalaysia.

Agalyen with his new laptop presented to him by CWS board member Dr Foong Swee Yeok
Axel at the swimming pool with his family and Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu staff
Axel trying his hand at frying an omelette with the help of Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu chef
Faisul with the help of firemen from Lintas putting out a “fire” with a hose from the fire engine
Nur Husna Abiddin (from the left in wheelchair) and Nur Arissa Humaira (in baby pram) together with the families and MAPS team
Nur Arissa Humaira with her family and CWS board member Gordon Hendricks at MAPS
Nur Husna Abiddin and her siblings posing with the Smurfs at MAPS


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