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Mercelita Labial's Chemotherapy Treatment

Organized by: Mercelita Labial

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THE STORY:

I am Mercelita Jandayan-Labial from the Philippines. I am a recipient of international and national awards among which are Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship in the US, International Leaders in Education Program in the US, and Metrobank Outstanding Teacher of the Philippines awards. My primary research focus is on integration of current and emerging technology tools and applications into high school and university instructions to enhance teaching. I am a prolific speaker and presenter on topics about Leadership in the 21st Century, Improving Office Productivity, Educational Leadership, Teacher Training, Classroom Management, Technology in Education, Interpersonal Communications, Project Management and Speech and Public Speaking. However, just recently, I was diagnosed to have stage 2b breast cancer and had my mastectomy last March 26,2015 . At present I am undergoing chemotherapy which drained me financially and which kept me from doing my advocacies. While my breast cancer is stage 2b, my ER/PR and HER2 tests yielded unpleasant results. I learned from my oncologist that my breast cancer is independent, aggressive and metastatic . Thus , it has spread into my lymph nodes .The treatment for early-stage metastatic breast cancer that is Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 positive(HER2+) and has spread into the lymph nodes requires the drug herceptin which is distributed only by Roche. According to my oncologist, for the whole treatment using herceptin alone for one year , I will need $30,000 let alone the standard chemo cost which is $5,000. It is such a huge amount beyond my imaginings. However, I am doing the all the best I can to raise it because my ultimate goal is to be cured from this disease so I can continue doing the things I advocate for like teacher training, girls education, professional development, environmental care , disaster risk reduction and management and inclusive education among others and of course giving a bright future for my children. My 2 sons are still young and what happens to me now impacts greatly my family . Being the breadwinner, my cancer compromises my children's education and poses a great threat to my children's good future.This breaks my heart more than I am broken by my cancer. I believe that every little amount that I can gather from my friends will spell a great difference in raising the needed amount. The administration of the drug herceptin begins on July 30th yet and every 21 days thereafter I will have the cycle . Every cycle costs $2,637.00 The treatment with herceptin is good for one year. Thus, I will be needing $30,000.00 for the whole treatment. I am praying that by then I would be able to raise the amount. This is a fight I want to win over. With God's healing power and your help, winning over this is not impossible. I am appealing for your generosity to help me raise the needed amount. I would highly appreciate whatever amount you can give. If you grant me this request, please wire to : Mercelita J.Labial Bank name: CHASE Checking Account # 000000628396009 God bless you and your family ! Sincerely, Mercelita Jandayan-Labial

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