(11 November 2018) The Little Life Warrior Society hosted its fourth walkathon “Walk for Love: Towards Life Rainbow” to raise the public awareness on childhood cancer and to raise funds for the Society to improve the services for child patients with cancer; bone marrow transplant or severe blood diseases. The walkathon  started from Lingnan Stadium of Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and finished at the Main Clinical Block and Trauma Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital. The route was 6.2 km long and passed through Ma Liu Shui, Twin Bridge, Shing Mun River Channel, etc.

The event attracted more than 700 participants, including medical staff from different hospitals, survivors and their families. Officiating guests at the opening ceremony included:

  • Anthony Wu Ting Yuk, National Standing Committee Member, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Honorary Patron of LLWS
  • Professor Joseph JY Sung, Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Honorary Patron of LLWS
  • Professor Fung Hong, Honorary Professor, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Honorary Advisor of LLWS
  • Lo Su-vui, Cluster Chief Executive, New Territories East Cluster of the Hospital Authority
  • Lee Tsz Leung, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Children’s Hospital
  • Professor Li Chi Kong, Chief, Division of Haematology/Oncology/BMT, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Honorary Advisor of LLWS
  • Professor Godfrey CF Chan, Chairman, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, The University of Hong Kong and Consultant, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital
  • Professor Fong Wing Ping, College Head, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Alan So King Woon, Chief of Service, Department of Paediatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Dr Zhu Xian Lun, Clinical Associate Professor (Honorary) and Consultant Neurosurgeon, Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Yau Ping Wa, Associate Consultant, Department of Paediatrics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Shing Ming Kong, Consultant, Prince of Wales Hospital and Honorary Chairman of LLWS

The opening ceremony started at 9 a.m. with a speech by Mr. Anthony Wu Ting Yuk & Professor Joseph JY Sung. Together with other members of Smile with us HK and artist Mr. Tony Hung, Celebrity Ms. Laurinda Ho, also came to show their support. Around 10:15 a.m., the marching band led the guests and participants to kick-start the walkathon.

Mr. Anthony Wu, Honorary Patron of LLWS, stated, “Today, around 700 people supported this meaningful event and it is encouraging to see so many people coming out on a Sunday morning to support our children. Yet, we must not stop here but to continue to raise the awareness as well as funding for them so they would get the support they need.”

Professor Joseph JY Sung, Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Honorary Patron of LLWS said at the opening ceremony of the walkathon said, “Since I left my position as Vice-Chancellor, I spent ten months visiting cancer centers around the world. Doctors and patients in other parts of the world now view cancer as a treatable chronic disease rather than a death sentence. Cancer can be cured by various new treatments and medicine. I hope all the little life warriors can overcome the disease with hope and power and lead a healthy and happy life.”

Ms. Ois Chan, chairperson of Little Life Warrior Society said, “For 16 years, the Little Life Warrior Society has been committed to serving children with cancer, severe blood diseases and children who have received bone marrow transplants. We are delighted to have raised over HKD1.4 million today, and which will help us to serve those children. As important as it is for us to have this generous support from donors, our ultimate goal is to raise the public awareness of the needs of these children. The funds raised from the walkathon will be entirely used to expand the scope of services available to our little life warriors. Hence, more child patients with cancer, severe blood diseases or as recipients of bone marrow transplants, as well as the former patients and their families can benefit from a more comprehensive and extensive support. Many of our little warriors have used their experience to encourage others to live lives to the fullest. It is our vision to let our little warriors live a better life, as well as to give back to the community.”

 

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