Donation Appeal
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Baby Micah Fighting Neuroblastoma

Raised So Far MYR 35,066
140% Complete
Target : MYR 25,000

About Appeal

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UPDATE: 01 JUNE 2018
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Micah's course of chemotherapy in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital has shown positive results.  The doctors are reported to be happy with his progress and is contemplating a surgery to remove the tumour that was too dangerous to do so earlier.

Clare is with Micah in Kuala Lumpur and Mark has been spending most of his time with his two other children in Sabah with Clare's parents and his own family when needed.  Mark also takes the opportunity to fly down to Kuala Lumpur whenever he is able to do so and taking turns bringing one of the other two children to visit baby Micah and Clare.

We will continue to pray for Micah's recovery and wish him all the best for the surgery.


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UPDATE: 24 MARCH 2018
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Micah has moved to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur and has been reported to be responding much better to medications and therapy recommended by the doctors there.  Mother and Micah are now staying in KL while dad is running between Sandakan and KL to take care of Micah's two older siblings.

There will be cost adjustments to this move to KL and we will be updating that once we have the details.

Family and friends have rallied really strongly behind the family and they thank all who have been generous in their prayers and support.  

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ORIGINAL POST
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10 month old Micah is Mark’s son. Mark is a core and family member of our APE Malaysia team. After having to go on sudden leave due to his son becoming ill in January, Mark presented us with the heart breaking news that Micah has been diagnosed with stage 3 neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer.

The news left us lost for words and devastated.

Mark is the hero of our habitat restoration team, passionately planting trees and motivating people to do the same for the survival of our orang-utans, pygmy elephants, sun bears and hornbills.  He has inspired countless people with his dedicated approach not just to conservation but also to local community involvement.

Asking for financial help himself is not in his nature but it’s the one thing that is now needed to allow him and his family to care for Micah the best possible way.

Mark and Clare put their lives on hold as any parent would, left their other two young children (3 and 5) in the care of grandparents in Sandakan and left for Kota Kinabalu for further tests and immediate start of treatment in the form of 10 rounds of chemotherapy over approximately 10 months.

Neuroblastoma is a disease in which cancer cells form in nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord. It is the third most common childhood cancer and is often found in children under 5 years old.

Chemotherapy has just begun and tests to monitor response towards treatment will be required after every 3-4 treatment rounds: CT scan, tissue and bone marrow biopsies, blood and urine tests.

Two more tests need to be urgently carried out:
- MIBG scan to further assess the spread and stage of the cancer; and 
- MYCN ampified oncogene test. 
Both need to be done in Kuala Lumpur and are in addition to the 10 months of chemotherapy scheduled with the possibility for further investigative procedures that might be recommended following these two tests.

Micah's care throughout the 10-12 months has to be carefully considered due to his low immune system as a result of the chemotherapy. This means more changes and upheaval for the family.

With the immediate care of Micah being on the forefront of Mark’s mind, the financial burden cannot even be estimated yet. 

Costs that need to be covered are:
- medical expenditure including all the tests and treatments;
- travel and accommodation logistics for the family;
- long term medical requirements.

Until a clearer picture of the full treatment required and out-of-pocket becomes available, the APE Malaysia team, together with all our supporters, friends and family are trying to help to raise funds in support of Mark in giving brave little Micah the best available treatment and care possible.

If you have a Malaysian bank account, and prefer to transfer directly, please transfer to Clare's account:
Clare Michael
CIMB Bank Berhad
Account No: 703 890 5152

Recent Donors 182

  • Martha Virus

    MYR 150 30/05/2018

  • Jenn CQY

    Grow healthy & stay happy, child.

    MYR 150 08/05/2018

  • Janine Steele

    MYR 300 05/05/2018

  • Reyhan Albertson

    MYR 300 12/04/2018

  • Aparida Cheah

    MYR 75 03/04/2018

  • Anne Jarrett

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers, keep strong.God bless.

    GBP 50 24/03/2018

  • Libby Jarrett

    Sending love and strength to you all xXx

    GBP 50 18/03/2018

  • Sue Jarrett

    Prayers are with you Mark for your precious son Micah.

    MYR 250 05/03/2018

  • Kristina Maurice-jones

    Dear Mark, I will be praying for your little boys recovery. Sending lots of healing and positive energy your way:-). My thoughts to you and your wife on this tough journey. Love Kristina xx

    GBP 15 02/03/2018

  • Sam and Vicki

    Mark, Our thoughts are with you and the family at this difficult time. Sam & Vicki x

    GBP 40 27/02/2018

  • Dimitri Augustidis

    Our thoughts are with you Mark Dimitri & Ruby

    MYR 1,000 25/02/2018

  • Anie Edéus

    Our thoughs are with you! /the Edéus family

    MYR 1,500 23/02/2018

  • Sarah & Dale O'Connor

    Thinking of you. Sarah, Dale, Zac & Harrison.

    GBP 50 21/02/2018

  • KGB

    Mark Family and Baby Micah, Keep Fighting and Don't Give up!

    MYR 350 21/02/2018

  • Raymond

    Sending you well wishes for your quick recovery and good health baby Micah.

    MYR 50 20/02/2018