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Help Charmaine Lim

by Kiran on July 1, 2009 · 13 comments

in Family & Friends

As I scour through my feed reads this morning, I came across a blog post from Karen Cheng’s Snippets of Life. The blog post is about a heart-wrenching struggle of a child. Charmaine Lim, a four year old Singaporean, is dying of a rare cancer. Dubbed by her mother, Charmaine is her feisty princess diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She is currently in the 4th stage of her struggle.

Cynthia Lim, Charmaine’s mom quoted on her website as follows:

I thought over, probably a couple hundreds of times wondering how to write this entry. At the end of the day, I still have no idea what to write.

Truth is when I first saw the email sent by Dr Aung on the amount needed to bring Charmaine to New York for treatment, I was shocked. $350,000 is the upfront deposit. I weren’t sure what currency it was in. Sent Jolene and Charlene a text message, ending the message with “I would give up if it is in USD”.

And of course, the bad news never ends.

$350,000 USD.

Half a million Singapore dollars.

How would I ever be able to raise this amount of sum? How do I convince anyone that Charmaine’s life is worth half a million dollars? I don’t know how. I seriously don’t know how. So many times, I want to give up. I don’t know how to think. I don’t know what to think. I don’t want to think. I don’t dare to think.

A week has passed since I received the email and I know I have already procrastinated a week away and made no progress.

I am brought up to think rationally and weigh my decisions against benefits and cost. Rationally speaking, I know fully well that half a million dollars can be better spent on saving thousands of malnourished kids in Africa than on Charmaine who only has a 40-50% chance of survival even with the antibody in New York.

But Charmaine is my daughter. No amount of money can justify how important she is to me. And Jase. Despite Jase’s young age and maturity, I know fully well that he loves his mei mei just as much as I do.

I would do just about anything to save her. I thought about selling my kidney, being a surrogate mom. They may sound stupid and crazy but my conscience feels so much better with me earning that USD $350,000 because I cannot think of any rational reason to convince you to help me save Charmaine.

I really thought of giving up. Its so much more easier and I am so tired.

I don’t want to think about anything anymore. Its easier just remembering the next doctor’s appointment, the next time for medication, the next time to pay the bills and just things I can do without thinking…

I even avoided Jolene and Charlene for a week because I have no answer for them. Their suggestion to go public and seek for help. My permission to allow them to publicise the materials.

Even as I am typing right now, I don’t exactly know what am I doing. I don’t know what I have decided. I don’t know the consequences of me typing this.

The only thing I know for sure is that should anything happen to Charmaine, I would never be able to forgive myself for not trying to fight for Charmaine when all she has to help her is me.

This is the very reason why I am typing this.

Dear friends, please help Jase and me to save Charmaine. charmine

Such a young, innocent, sweet angel – Charmaine and her family needs your support. For donation details and words of encouragement, please visit For current updates on Charmaine’s health, you can visit Charmaine’s blog at Help spread the word around and support this cause by placing Charmaine’s badge/widget “Feisty Princess needs bullets to fight, be her weapon” on your blog, via email, viral communication or conduct a charity drive in your community.

I am just lost of words at the moment – cannot fathom the type of diseases out there, plaguing even the smallest of soul on earth. Hang in there Charmaine – the angel’s are watching over you.


1 sakhi July 1, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Sad… 🙁

2 sakhi July 1, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Sad… 🙁

3 Kiran September 24, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Yes 🙁 But the current treatment in New York seems positive for Char! Visit the website for updates on Char’s conditions.

4 Reema July 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Really sad thing..such a cute girl.

P.S. is that u and ur daughter in the header pic?

5 Kiran September 24, 2009 at 12:14 AM

Yes 🙁

ps: Nope. That is me and my nephew 🙂

6 Chiranjib July 3, 2009 at 4:58 AM

very sad…

7 Kiran September 24, 2009 at 12:15 AM

🙁 indeed

8 Nikhil July 9, 2009 at 4:52 AM

Tragic… I hope something can be done…

By the way, your MJ header is awesome!

9 Kiran September 24, 2009 at 12:17 AM

Yes. They manage to raise donation and currently receiving treatment at New York. Visit Char’s blog for further information on donation and medical treatment.

BTW: Thanks, I can email you the MJ header if you like 🙂

10 Joanna July 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM


There’s actually a fundraising concert for Charmaine on 25th and 26th July. For those who are able to help and support, do purchase your tickets over at! 🙂

For those who wish to help but do not have any credit cards to get tix online, feel free to send me an email at


11 deepsm25 July 19, 2009 at 9:33 AM

This one was truly touching. I hope, all turns out well for her and her family. Nice Blog there..I visited from Nikhils Blog!

12 Kiran September 24, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Yes, indeed.

Welcome and thanks for visiting Chatterbox Deeps 🙂

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