REACHING OUT: Datuk Lee Chong Wei initiates fund to help Johor player suffering from leukaemia
JOHOR BARU: DATUK Lee Chong Wei was so moved by the plight of a young badminton player suffering from leukaemia that he helped initiate a fund to meet the 19-year-old's medical expenses.
So far, this initiative has collected RM10,000 for state badminton player, Gan Cheng Wei, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
The money was collected during a month-long donation drive by property developer, Teori Warisan Sdn Bhd, which also roped in its associates to chip in.
Lee came to know of Gan's plight through a mutual friend. He had visited Gan while the latter was at Sultanah Aminah Hospital on Wednesday to offer some words of encouragement.
"I heard he is a good badminton player who has represented Johor. When I found out about his plight, I decided to initiate a fund for him.
"I hope the fund can alleviate his family's burden. Anyone who wants to donate can do so through this company," said Lee, after witnessing a cheque presentation between Teori Warisan representatives and Gan family members.
Gan's elder sister, Mei Ying, 34, said she was grateful for the contribution, and admitted it was more meaningful coming from the country's top badminton player.
"My brother is a big fan of Lee and he harbours dreams of becoming just like his idol.
"He was diagnosed with leukaemia in March. Although my brother is too weak to play now, he is keen to play again.
"It is heartbreaking to watch him, especially when he is nauseated after undergoing chemotherapy."
Gan is the youngest of five siblings. The former SMK Tasek Utara 2 student has been playing badminton since he was 6.
He lives with his parents -- former fishmonger Kim Tui, 76, and housewife, Chew Gek Li, 58, at the Larkin flats here.
Those who wish to donate to the Gan family can address their cheques to Teori Warisan Sdn Bhd, Lot PTB 21833, Jalan Awana Larkin, 80350 Johor Baru, Johor, or call 07-226 3388 for more details.