Sunday, July 12, 2009

Never Giving Up, Dr William Tan


He has conquered Arctic, attempted the Antartic and perhaps the toughest of all, covered 7 gruelling marathons in seven continents in 27 days - created a world record in the process. And he did all these on his wheelchair. Despite being paralysed waist down due to polio at aged two, he is one special breed of human being, a Singaporean we can be proud of, who has persevered, trained much harder than the physically able-bodied ones to win accolade, one after another.

A doctor by profession, he has been giving inspirational talks around the world, sharing his insights on turning adversity into opportunity. I am truly inspired by him and so too for many, no doubt about it.

He may be down with leukaemia but he is not felled for good. He has now issued another challenge, perhaps his biggest by far to overcome this illness and he will fight on, no question about it.

Despite his present condition, he still has another mission and this time around, he hopes to raise at least S$70,000 for the Straits times School Pocket Money Fund on 26 Sep by towing children around a running track for long 12 hours. It is an uphill task given his present condition. Those who wish to chip in, you can raise cheque to "School Pocket Money Fund" and send to Research Communication International, 20 Upper Circular Road, #02-21 The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416. Please indicate "Cycle of Hope" on the back of the cheque.

Dr William Tan, stay fit and stay healthy for I will be rooting for you, all the way.

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