FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE
To celebrate breast cancer awareness month, we’re honouring four heroes who help ease patients’ plight – and they’re not all women. BY AZLINDA SAID
Meet the men and women helping to ease the plight of breast cancer patients.
SHE’S A FUNDRAISER
MEGAN LOH, 30, SENIOR FINANCIAL PLANNER Megan has been volunteering with the Breast Cancer Foundation for about a year. She decided to be part of the breast cancer fight when her good friend contracted the disease at age 26 and died two years later. “My friend’s cancer was very aggressive. It came back six months after her first round of chemotherapy. Everything went downhill from there. She was constantly in pain and nothing could make her comfortable.
I felt really helpless, and thought that it wasn’t fair to her, someone who still had her whole life ahead of her. She hadn’t dated anyone seriously before. She had wanted to settle down and start a family – and she couldn’t do that anymore. Her father also passed away shortly before she did, so it was a double tragedy for the family.
My friend’s struggle with breast cancer taught me to treasure life and be thankful for what I have. She was the sort of person who remembered the little things about you – despite being ill, she took the time to text a mutual friend to wish her good luck at a job interview.
I can see myself being involved in the breast cancer fight for a long time. There are still many out there who are ignorant about the disease. I’ve heard insensitive comments from some men, like: ‘Why should I buy a commemorative pin from you? I have neither breasts nor a girlfriend!’ and it pains me to hear that. Surely, you have a mother or an aunt, maybe even a sister. Wouldn’t you care if they suffered from breast cancer?
So as long as there are people who are uninformed, I would like to help raise awareness about it.”
“My friend’s struggle with breast cancer taught me to treasure life and be thankful
for what I have.”