Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - @al­can25_santi By San­ti­ago R. Al­can­tara

Fran­cis Kian Zu­n­iega was 4 years old and in the Top 10 of his nurs­ery class in day­care school when he was di­ag­nosed in Au­gust 2016 with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia.

“He is a bit ma­ture for his age. He knows what ails him. He did not com­plain at all,” Fran­cis’ mother, Hazel, told the In­quirer.

Now aged 5, Fran­cis has since stopped go­ing to school be­cause of his con­di­tion. Doc­tors at Philip­pine Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal have rec­om­mended that he un­dergo 30 ses­sions of che­mother­apy once a month. Each ses­sion costs P39,000.

“He has been ask­ing me when he will be go­ing back to school. I keep ask­ing my­self why this is hap­pen­ing to our fam­ily. I am fully aware that my son may die if he does not get the treat­ment he needs,” Hazel said.

“I hope you can help us. That’s two-and-a-half years of che­mother­apy and my hus­band, Nixon, earns only P400 a day as a con­struc­tion worker. The cost of treat­ment is re­ally be­yond our means. I will be for­ever grate­ful to you,” Hazel said.

She can be reached at 09226523419. Those who want to do­nate money for Fran­cis’ med­i­cal ex­penses can de­posit any amount in his fa­ther’s BDO ac­count (Nixon Zu­n­iega with ac­count num­ber 004750093109).

Fran­cis Kian Zu­n­iega

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