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Donations pour in for singing boy with brain tumour

BANGKOK: Donations and sympathy poured in for a 13-year-old boy diagnosed in the late stage of brain cancer after he entered a televised singing contest in the hope of writing off the large debt his mother incurred treating his illness.

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Bangkok Post

Thursday 22 June 2017, 10:05AM


Jetsada ‘Nong Big’ Yen-anong, 13, diagnosed with brain cancer, sings in the hope of writing off the B95,000 debt incurred by his mother, at the ‘Mic Mod Nee’ singing contest broadcast by Workpoint Channel on Monday. His plight drew sympathy and donations totalling more than B7.5mn in one day. Photo: @MicModNee Facebook page
Jetsada ‘Nong Big’ Yen-anong, 13, diagnosed with brain cancer, sings in the hope of writing off the B95,000 debt incurred by his mother, at the ‘Mic Mod Nee’ singing contest broadcast by Workpoint Channel on Monday. His plight drew sympathy and donations totalling more than B7.5mn in one day. Photo: @MicModNee Facebook page

Donations for Jetsada “Nong Big’’ Yen-anong totalled more than B7.5 million by Tuesday evening (June 20). Donors paid the money into an account opened on his behalf by Workpoint at Kasikorn bank.

Workpoint Channel’s “Mic Mod Nee” (microphone paying off debts) singing contest posted a message on its Facebook account say no more donations were being accepted.

“Deepest thanks for Thai people’s generosity for Nong Big and his family. Donations are enough and we would like to stop receiving donations from now. Nong Big and his family convey their heartfelt thanks to all of you,” the message said.

The plight of the 13-year-old boy from northeastern Chaiyaphum province’s Nong Bua Rawe district tugged at viewers’ heartstrings when the boy told programme host Somkiart “Sena Ling” Chanprame why he applied to take part in the show, during a live interview on Monday night (June 19).

Nong Big said he wanted to do something to help his mother Buaphan Chaisorn, 36, and his 15-year-old sister escape the burden of a B95,000 debt.

Mrs Buaphan had borrowed the money from a village fund to grow vegetables to feed the family of three and to cover her son’s medical bills.

After a 3 centimetre tumour was discovered on his brain stem, he underwent surgery and chemotherapy, but his condition has not improved.

The boy has collapsed twice this year, each time he stopped breathing and was revived.

He watched the Mic Mod Nee programme and asked his mother to apply on his behalf to appear on the show. He told her he had nothing to lose by entering the contest. If he did not succeed, he would still get B5,000 in travel costs from the host to return home.

His application form was submitted a few months ago, and he was finally called to sing a song on the show on Monday night.

Host Sena Ling, the three judges and many members of the audience burst into tears on hearing Nong Big’s story. When he sang, many cried again. Donations poured in after the show and throughout Tuesday.

Jetsada and his mother yesterday (June 21) expressed their gratitude to everybody and the television programme for helping them.

Nong Big said he was overwhelmed, his heart touched by the generous donations and the encouragement he received. He said he would continue to fight against his illness.

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