13 years old Justin lives in a 2-room rental flat with his mother, who works as a cleaner. Justin’s father was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in November 2016 and passed away in June 2017.
SCS had assisted the family with welfare aid between November 2016 to June 2017, and continues to assist Justin under the SCS Help the Children and Youth Programme (HCYP) Home Tuition Programme since 2017 till date. Justin is also a recipient of the SCS 2019 Good Progress Award for his academic improvements.
During the COVID-19 circuit breaker period, SCS also loaned a desktop to Justin, so that he can continue to study and learn from home when schools switched to homebased online learning and classes. Many students, especially those from the lower-income groups, face difficulties in acquiring adequate resources to access online learning from their homes. With SCS’ assistance, he could carry on with his school education and also continue receiving tuition from SCS' assigned tutor under our one-to-one Home Tuition Programme virtually.
Mr Rapiee was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer in 2014. The father of six and sole breadwinner of the family underwent surgery despite only given a 45% success rate of recovery. He fought against the odds and survived the surgery. The surgery removed part of his intestine and since then, he has had to live with a stoma bag to discharge his waste.
Following his surgery, he underwent radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy. The cost of cancer treatment wiped out his entire savings. Strong-willed and independent, Mr Rapiee returned to work as a security supervisor after his surgery to provide for his family, working 6 days a week on rotating day and night shifts to make ends meet.
Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) supports Mr Rapiee with a monthly supply of stoma bags and supports his 3 youngest school-going children with allowances to help defray their school expenses. On top of that, his youngest son is also enrolled in the SCS Tuition Programme where qualified tutors provide free one-to-one home tuition services to children whose loved ones have been impacted by cancer.
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