Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Carewell Community

Yesterday i wrote about my cousin with cervical cancer and the poor condition of the hospital where she is currently confined. Last night, while watching TV Patrol, my sister saw a report on the Carewell Community of Mr. Robert "Bobbit" Suntay. According to their website, the Carewell (Cancer Resource and Wellness ) Community "is a non-profit foundation that provides support, information, and resources to people with cancer and their loved ones. The mission of the Carewell Community is to help people battling cancer successfully utilize the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and resources necessary for active participation in their fight for recovery.
This morning, i called up Carewell and talked with Bobbit Suntay himself and he explained to me the assistance they provide for cancer patients (I called in behalf of my cousin who is financially constrained). I found out from bobbit and their website that the Carewell Community aspires to become a central network and one-stop clearinghouse of people, organizations, services, and resources assisting the Philippine cancer community. Carewell's in-house resources and services are offered for free to community members. Persons with cancer and their loved ones may become members of the Carewell Community free of charge.
Mr. Suntay is truly a remarkable person in a sense that he has devoted his services selflessly for the benefit of cancer patients in the Philippines. Bobbit, for those who may not know, lost his beloved wife Jackie to cancer on Oct. 2, 2005. Click here for their remarkable love story. Truly, heroism can be found in the most unexpected places. I am writing this blog and creating a link to the Carewell Community as a tribute to the Carewell Community and Bobbit Suntay and the nameless others who have dedicated their lives to the service of our needy brethren. May you and your tribe increase!