Monday, June 29, 2009

Help for Little Charmaine - Ex footballers helping hand !

I posted this before and our ex footballers also helped out! Ex-football heroes play in charity match to raise money for sick girl By Satish Cheney, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 28 June 2009 2322 hrs Charmaine at Day 3 after operation SINGAPORE: They were heroes during the glory days of the Malaysia Cup in the 1990s. But for four-year-old Charmaine Lim, they are more than just that. Malaysia Cup legends including Rafi Ali, Fandi Ahmad, Abbas Saad, Malek Awab came together on Sunday to host a charity game to save the life of Charmaine, who is suffering from a deadly form of cancer. The cause to save her life also moved the MediaCorp All-Stars to play against the former 'Dream Team' to raise money - through ticket sales - for Charmaine's medical fund. The former Dream Team beat the MediaCorp All-Stars team 11-5 in the match. Charmaine has been diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma, a debilitating cancer that occurs in children and has been given a 10% chance of survival by her doctors in Singapore. But hope exists for the spirited little girl. A new trial drug called 3F8, available in the United States, has been known to dramatically increase survival rates by up to five times. The trial drug is being administered at the Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, considered the world's premiere centre for treating children with Neuroblastoma. With this treatment, Charmaine could have a 50% chance to live. But it comes with a hefty S$500,000 price tag - not a small sum for Charmaine's mum who is a single mother with two children. The footballer legends and the MediaCorp All Stars managed to raise S$30,000 in ticket sales and S$10,000 via donation boxes. Former national footballer Rafi Ali, who came up with the idea of the charity football match, said: "Tell Charmaine she's not fighting the monster alone because we're all here fighting with her." Others have stepped forward to help as well. The staff and management of ladies' spa Subtle Senses came forward as volunteers to collect donations at the charity event. The company also donated S$5,000. Other organisations that have come forward to help include Coca-Cola and Bengawan Solo. For more info on how you can help, please visit this website: - CNA/ir Help out however you can ! Thank you ! =)

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