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Boy with brain cancer auctions paintings to help other sick kids
腦癌童辦畫展義賣助癌童

Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation awards students scholarships for fighting cancer and realizing dreams at Jingmei Girls High School in Taipei on Dec. 16 last year.
周大觀文教基金會去年十二月十六日在台北景美女中頒發學生抗癌圓夢助學金。

Photo: Hsieh Chia-chun, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者謝佳君

A fifth-grader named Chen Ching-yi at Dajhu Elementary School in Taoyuan County’s Dajhu Township has a passion for painting. Even though he has brain cancer and malignant cells pressing on his optic nerve have made him almost completely blind, Chen is still optimistic about beating his illness. An exhibition of his paintings was held at the school’s library last Wednesday, during which a dozen paintings were sold in a charity auction to help other children with cancer. Chen was also awarded a scholarship of NT$20,000 and given a certificate of recognition by the Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation for fighting cancer and realizing his dreams. Taoyuan County Commissioner John Wu was also there singing the child’s praises and wishing him all the best.

Chen was first diagnosed during his second semester as a fourth grader. He has undergone chemotherapy nine times and had two brain operations. Chen has been unable to attend school while receiving treatment. Last Wednesday his classmates read aloud their well-wishes for him. Tears started streaming from his eyes half way through. People in the audience were also moved to tears. Chen says he hopes he can get better soon because he wants to be back at school with classmates and teachers.

Foundation founder Chou Chin-hua says that being moved by Chen’s extraordinary perseverance and optimism in fighting his cancer is why the foundation awarded him the NT$20,000 scholarship for fighting cancer and realizing his dreams, gave him a certificate of recognition and helped him hold the auction and exhibition for his paintings at the school library. All of the money from the event will be used to help other sick children, Chou says. The Lujhu Township Office and Taoyuan County Councilor Hsu Ching-shun donated NT$30,000 and NT$20,000 respectively.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. auction n.

拍賣 (pai1 mai4)

例: A rare volume from the collection was sold at the auction.

(典藏珍貴的一卷在拍賣活動賣掉了。)

2. chemotherapy n.

化療 (hua4 liao2)

例: Chemotherapy can be used to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis.

(化療可用來治療癌症以及如紅斑性狼瘡與多發性硬化症等自體免疫性疾病。)

3. perseverance adj.

毅力 (yi4 li4)

例: Perseverance can help you endure tough times.

(毅力可以幫你忍受棘手的時候。)


(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

桃園縣蘆竹鄉大竹國小五年級學生陳慶毅熱愛繪畫,雖因罹患腦癌,癌細胞壓迫視神經導致接近全盲,但他仍樂觀對抗病魔。上週三在大竹國小圖書館舉辦畫展,義賣十多幅畫作幫助其他癌童;他當天也獲頒周大觀抗癌圓夢助學金兩萬元和當選證書,縣長吳志揚誇獎他也祝福他。

陳慶毅在四年級下學期被確診,歷經九次化療和兩次腦部開刀。治療期間無法上學,同學上週三朗讀大家寫給他的祝福,他聽到一半就眼淚潰堤,在場人士也感動地頻頻拭淚;他說,希望趕快好起來,很想回到同學和老師身邊。

基金會創辦人周進華表示,慶毅積極抗癌的過人毅力和樂觀精神令人感動,因此頒發周大觀抗癌圓夢助學金兩萬元和當選證書,並協助他在大竹國小圖書館舉辦畫展義賣,義賣所得將用來幫助其他病童;蘆竹鄉公所和縣議員許清順也分別捐款三萬元及兩萬元。

(自由時報記者薛翰駿)

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