Manan Mai is the inspiration behind the Manan Fund who was a 4 year old Cambodian orphan which we took into our care last year requiring extensive medical assistance against numerous unexplained tumour growths deforming his appearance.
After this WOF endeavoured to fly Manan to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital to be treated by world-class medical practitioners. Through various tests and treatments, it was concluded that Manan May had Ewing’s Sarcoma and was in the final stage of this cancer.
Ewing’s Sarcoma is a form of primary bone cancer and is the second most frequent cancer in children and adolescents, accounting for approximately 10-15% of all malignant bone tumour growths. In impoverished countries, such as Cambodia, the lack of facilities and financial support to treat such cancers results in delayed treatment or complete neglect all together. This is a major contributing factor in the case of Manan, as his condition developed over years without treatment, resulting in the advanced growth of the tumour. Cancer kills approximately 1.1 million people in the South-East Asian region every year but mortality rates can be reduced if cases are detected and treated early.
Since then WOF team noticed these kinds of debilitating conditions become a common occurrence in poverty stricken children across Cambodia and, thanks to the light shed by Manan, World Orphan Fund has dedicated this program to helping other children in need of medical assistance.
Manan’s story touched many hearts across the globe and the community’s response has been enormous. For this reason 100% of donations going to this program will go to funding all medical costs associated with treating other sick children our teams come across in South East Asia and your help will go a long way in making a child’s life markedly better for years to come.