In memory of Roline Ong
My name is Natasha Fernz and I am running the 10km race in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2019 this year to raise funds for The National Cancer Society Malaysia.
As some of you may know, I lost my mother, Roline Ong, to a very aggressive form of lung cancer in 2008. It came as a shock to us as she was not a smoker, and no one in our immediate family smoked and none of her colleagues smoked either.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality, with 1.38 million annual deaths worldwide. Tobacco smoking is the main risk factor for lung cancer; however, approximately 25% of lung cancers worldwide occur in never-smokers. Moreover, the risk of lung cancer differs by race/ethnicity. In the United States, approximately 10% of patients with lung cancer are never-smokers, while in Asia, >30% of patients with lung cancer are never-smokers and ≥50% of lung cancers occur in women who are never-smokers.
The information above, was something that we did not know at the time, and we were shocked beyond belief when we received the devastating diagnosis.
My mother, for those of you who knew her, was fit and healthy. She was a bubbly person and would make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside from the moment you meet her. She developed an on and off cough, and was given medication including antibiotics by her GP, and had no reason to suspect that it was anything other than a regular cough. But when her cough persisted and did not go away, she had an X-ray done and to our horror she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer and the cancer had already spread. Although we started her on treatment immediately, it was unfortunately too late for my mother.
I am trying to raise awareness about lung cancer and at the same time help raise funds for The National Cancer Society Malaysia to help provide the best possible care and support for those affected by cancer.
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And in the meantime, do give generously to support this worthy cause.