Our Campaign Story

ends 13 Apr 2022, 11:59 PM

Come 3 Feb 2022, I will embark on another wheelchair world record breaking attempt to complete 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days, with the hope to also raise $77,700 to help medical students in need as they persevere in their journey to become carers of the future (SMA MEDICAL STUDENTS' ASSISTANCE FUND).

In 2018, i decided it will be my last ultramarathon to raise funds for those in need (https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health
/one-last-ultramarathon-for-paraplegic-fundraiser). Covid-19 opens my eyes to many needs in the community. This is my comeback race.

13 years ago, on 19th December 2007, I became the fastest person in the world to complete 7 marathons across 7 continents in 26 days, 17 hours, 43 minutes and 52 seconds.

The WOW moment of being a world record holder was taken away when In April 2009, I bled during the Paris Marathon and was diagnosed with Stage 4 leukemia with only 9 to 12 months left to live.

The dedication of the healthcare team sustained me during the six months of chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplant. I am attaining my 12th years in remission and I am very grateful.

I wish that my second chance at life does not go to waste. I will be 65 years old and will be a 12th year Stage 4 leukemia survivor when I come to the START line of the 7 Continents Challenge. Though I am afraid, I will overcome all odds and give my best to support this very worthy cause.

About The Charity

The SMA Charity Fund (SMACF) was set up by the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) in 2013 and has been a registered charity under the Charities Act since 17 April 2013 and a registered charity with IPC status since 27 December 2013.

SMACF was created to further the works done under the SMA-Medical Students' Assistance Fund, a bursary program established in 2007, to help underprivileged medical students in NUS Medicine, and now to LKC Medicine and Duke-NUS too.

Together with many medical professionals and like-minded individuals, we are committed to the future of medicine in Singapore by ensuring that any young person who has the passion, ability and dream to be a doctor, irrespective of family background and socioeconomic status are able to pursue a career in medicine.

Apart from financial assistance bursaries, SMACF also supports learning exposure, advocates volunteerism, provides support for health and public health related education and recognises mentorship by acknowledging exemplary medical educators.

FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN

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SUPPORTED CAUSES
Children & Youth
Community
Education
Health