Meme: save yvonne’s eyesight

Today, I am going to post a write up from a fellow blogger, ktemoc, to help another blogger Yvonne Foong to raise funds for her operation.

Yvonne suffers from a genetic condition known as Neurofibromatosis, whereby tumours grow from nerve tissues, and besides producing disfigurement with multiple tumours visible on the skin, it also causes symptoms due to compression and destruction of tissues around the tumour.

I do not know Yvonne, but it is actually immaterials whether I know her or not. It is about helping a fellow human being , who is so unfortunate as to suffer from a disease which is affecting her eye sight.

The article is self explanatory. From KT’s blog:

I came to know of Yvonne Foong some years ago, when she blogged on the words of another blogger [sorry, no name please 😉 ] which sort of riled me and better-known blogger desiderata. Of course I wasn’t mad with Yvonne, but only with the words of that ‘unnamed’ blogger … but anyway, that was how I know of Yvonne. 

The years then passed by quickly, during which I also learnt of Yvonne’s sad plight, which was affecting her eyesight. Alas, one could only ask: kenapa Tuhan?

As my dear friend Marina Mahathir wrote: Yvonne is a young woman who’s been singlehandedly raising funds for the operations she needs to treat her neurofibromatosis which causes tumours to grow inside her body.

Can we please do something to support her, so that she needn’t be forced to do this all on her own?

Incidentally Marina tagged me for the ‘Save Yvonne’s Sight’ Meme.

I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing Yvonne personally (apart from that blogging incident) let alone met her, so I have to rely on what Marina has written:


… some six months ago, Yvonne had already lost her hearing and communicated through writing on a small white board. But now she’s losing her eyesight and needs another operation again. The operation is due in December and once again she needs to raise funds for it. The cost of the surgery is USD44,000 (RM154,770) and the cost of her hospital stay for two weeks is USD915 or RM3219.

  She has already raised RM10,000 of this but obviously still has a long way to go. She’s hoping to raise the rest by republishing her book I’m Not Sick, Just A Little Bit Unwell in English and Chinese. The books are now available in Malaysian bookshops and from her website store. She is also selling T-shirts at bazaars and via her web site store. You can read about her surgery and donate to her fund here

You can also help by sending on this meme. If you do, please follow these meme rules:

 1. Create a blog entry titled “Meme: Save Yvonne’s Sight”

  2. List three things you love to see. Add in the picture of Yvonne’s book cover. The URL is


4. Tag 5 blog friends. Be sure to copy the rules, OK?

 5. If you have a Facebook account, please check out Ellen’s new invention, a “feme” pronounced FEEM, a meme designed for Facebook here. And if you want to blog about NF, that would be great too!

 Now the three things kaytee loves to see are:

1. A glorious sunrise like a ‘munchie’ dimpled smile
Dragonflies flitting over a lotus pond
3. Yvonne Foong’s smile after her eventual successful operation, made possible with your generous help




Instead of tagging anyone, I will ask all of who read this post to post KTemoc’s article on their blogs…Sorry KT, for not conforming to the required format, but i  think the end justifies the means…. 🙂





3. End with the line, “Yvonne Foong is in danger of losing her eyesight thanks to neurofibromatosis (NF). Please find out how you can help her by visiting her blog at 


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CYC
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 17:59:52

    Its a more meritorious act of serving human being than politicking. Let our compassionate nature guide us to put forward our helping hands to Yvonne Foong. She needs our loves more than those embattled politicians.

    This world will be more radiant and shinning if every human being could help each other rather than fighting each other for selfish gain. Greed, delusion and ignorance are the three poisons that destroy life.


  2. A true Malaysian
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 18:39:04

    I shall do my part, her banking details are (copy and paste from her website),

    Account no. 112223202599
    Bank: Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
    Account Name: Foong Ming Niang


  3. A true Malaysian
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 18:44:14

    I shall buy this book from her,

    The second and latest edition of my book. Contains minor editing and a catchy new cover with my photo as a toddler. My father snapped this photo of me prior to suffering a brain hemorrhage when I was three. This photo cannot be reproduced, just as my dad’s brain trauma cannot be reversed.

    Price: RM20.00

    Write an e-mail to yvonnefmn @ to order.

    Include your:
    1. Desired quantity
    2. Mailing address and phone number.
    3. Payment option: Direct bank transfer, cheque, credit card or debit card.

    Dr. Hsu, this is why I say internet technology is a wonderful invention mankind can ever had. We can help each other.


  4. Justin Choo
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 22:01:31

    Yvonne is an exceptional person. She contributes comments in one of my favourite forums @

    She has appeared in tv before.

    She is great and always appears positive, despite her ailment.

    I have great admiration for her.


  5. A true Malaysian
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 23:23:38

    Dr. Hsu & Justin,

    From the link provided by Justin, I found one great gentleman named Koon Yew Yin, who offers “Scholarships for the Needy”, I copy and paste over here,

    Scholarships for the Needy

    A kind Mr Koon Yew Yin is offering scholarships to those who are in need…
    Posted on 07.23pm Aug 05, 2009

    Scholarships on Offer USJ.COM.MY is pleased to help publicise scholarship offer from a kind Mr Koon Yew Yin from Ipoh. Mr Koon’s offer write up is self explanatory and need no further explanation:

    Scholarships for the needy

    I wish to offer scholarships to 50 poor students for the next academic year to study finance and accountancy in University TAR, Kampar, Perak on the following conditions:-

    1. Each student’s family income should not be more than Rm 2,000 per month.

    2. Students will be selected more on the basis of their financial need and not merely on their academic achievement.

    3. Each scholarship is worth Rm 20,000 which should be enough for each student to cover the cost for the first year foundation course and the first semester of the degree course in finance and accountancy until he or she secures the PTPTN loan. This Government loan is given to all students irrespective of race and financial position who are doing a recognised degree course.

    4. Students who receive my financial aid do not require to pay back the money or work for me after they graduate. But I want them to promise me that they will help other poor students when they have graduated and are financially solvent.

    U TAR takes in students in January and June every year. Students who are currently doing SPM can submit their applications to U TAR this October with their forecast results to start in January 2010.

    Needy students who are currently doing SPM or have passed the SPM can submit their applications to me:

    Koon Yew Yin,
    27, Lengkok Harimau,
    31400, Ipoh, Perak

    From here, I further google him, and I found this article “The great Malaysian brain drain – Koon Yew Yin” in The Malaysian Insider–koon-yew-yin-

    It is a shame for me not to find this kind gentleman earlier, but I hope is not too late either.

    Dr. Hsu, maybe in your next posting, introduce this true Malaysian to all Malaysians. Compare Mr. Koon with our politician, he is definitely much much a respectable person that all of us could emulate.


  6. disgusted
    Sep 15, 2009 @ 02:59:35

    I will help by raising this to the attention to an online news web and provided it agrees to give attention to publicity (generate more donations for her).


  7. clearwater
    Sep 15, 2009 @ 09:18:32

    A contribution to Yvonne Foong instead of a political party’s fund at this instant is much more gratifying and tangible. She, at least, shows exceptional personal fortitude and is deserving of help. I can’t say the same of Malaysian politicians.


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