Leukemia patient appeals for support
Franklyn Golden, an outgoing student of Department of Mass Communication in Cross River University of Technology who has been diagnosed of leukemia, has appealed for financial support from members of the public to enable him raise the required sum of 12 million naira for a bone marrow transplant.
Although he is currently on admission at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), that transplant is scheduled to take place abroad. According to a message that accompanies #FightforFranklyn in the social media, Franklyn is an only child to a single mother. The message enjoins members of the public to “show an act of kindness” by contributing to Franklyn Golden’s Diamond Bank Account whose number is 0043640781. It further states that: “Nothing is insufficient, what you have might be all that is needed to give him a fighting chance. Please help share the message let’s save our brother and friend’s life. We are stronger together. For more information call 08054095938, 07033649564, 08158069504.”
This Reporter taught Franklyn and supervised his final year research project in Cross River University of Technology. However, Franklyn disclosed that his health’s condition has prevented him from concluding the clearance formalities required for obtaining his final result.
He explained that the ailment started as severe headache and extreme physical weakness that lasted for more than two weeks. According to him, he mistook the headache and physical weakness for typhoid and took drugs for it, to no avail. He said that he was losing weight rapidly, within that period. That was what caused him to undergo laboratory tests whose results revealed that he has leukemia. He added that “I rejected it and said ‘God forbid’. But I was advised to accept the result and seek medical attention for it. I need help to be able to come out of this situation that I find myself”.
According to www.medicalnewstoday.com, “leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow. Bone marrow produces blood cells. Leukemia can happen when there is a problem with the production of blood cells. It usually affects the leucocytes, or white blood cells”.
It would be recalled that Carl Ikeme, former goalkeeper of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club of England and Nigeria’s Super Eagles, terminated his footballing career after he was diagnosed with acute leukemia. The announcement of that diagnosis attracted widespread public sympathy for Ikeme, especially because of his superlative outings in goal as Nigeria’s number 1 goalkeeper.
About one year after that diagnosis, Ikeme announced on Instagram that: “After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete remission. I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality…. The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words”.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is reportedly offering Ikeme a job as Goalkeeper Trainer of the Super Eagles.
Franklyn Golden should be able to “move forward with some normality” and contribute meaningfully to society as well, if we all give him the support that he seeks. He needs it now.
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