On April 15 2007, I published an article to help raise awareness and funds for Children with Leukaemia through the Flora London Marathon. I have not had a chance to find out first hand from Matthew Martin what he thought of the event and the hurdles (physical and mental challenges) he must have had to overcome when the going got tough. (care to tell us more, Matthew? Some of us could do with a jolt of inspiration.)
A little over five years ago, I lost my brother to a crippling disease called Cerebral Palsy. An article in the May 2007 Readers Digest inspired this SHIMworld article in memory of my late brother and sharing this “new hope” with anyone looking for one. When I was contacted about Desmond Chin, the name did not ring a bell even though he’s supposedly from the same kampong as I am. The world has a strange way of uniting strangers and in many ways I’ve grown up to realize the opportunity to help someone is also an opporunity to help yourself discover the meaning of life.
When I finally met Desmond in person, it did not take long for me to realise that despite his condition, he appears a confident and high spirited individual. I made a pledge to help Desmond in anyway I can and through this blogging medium, I am able to raise further awareness of his plight and appeal to an international audience. No twenty year old should be denied a chance of a normal life and I am confident that the close knit and caring community of Brunei keeps Desmond in high spirits—You hang in there, Desmond!
Here’s your chance to share your story, your thoughts or comments you may have with Desmond. Thank you. SW.