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Mom appeals for 3-year-old cancer-stricken daughter

/ 02:57 AM September 17, 2013

Juliana Bognot

Days before Purplelyn Poncia was scheduled to leave for Malaysia to work as a domestic helper, her 3-year-old child Juliana was diagnosed to be suffering from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant tumor of the skeletal muscle.

“I was all set to fulfill that elusive dream of a better life for my family when the doctors told me that my child needs me more than anything,” said Poncia, who raises a family with partner Reynaldo Bognot, a laborer-house painter.

She said Juliana’s operation in May 2012 was followed by a 48-cycle chemotherapy. With 18 cycles remaining and the family’s funds running short, the mother is appealing to Inquirer readers for financial assistance. One session costs the family P45,000.

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Juliana has been confined at Philippine Children’s Medical Center since Saturday. Poncia can be reached at 0919-3793159 while donors can send aid through Reynaldo’s BPI account number 6836149328.—Santiago R. Alcantara

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