Saturday, September 12, 2009

Save Yvonne's Sight Meme

23 year old Yvonne Foong has neurofibromatosis (NF), a condition that leaves her riddled with tumours. These tumours have made her deaf. New ones now threaten her sight.

Yvonne lives just down the road from me. I'm starting this meme to help her raise funds and to raise awareness about NF.

Yvonne lives in Malaysia. While doctors there can't help, surgeons in the US at St. Vincent Medical Center treated previous tumours that threatened to blind her. They say they can save her sight this time too. Her operation is scheduled between 1 and 4 December 2009. As Yvonne is uninsured, the problem is $$$.

Surgery price is USD44,000 or RM154,770
Stay for both mom and Yvonne at the hospital for two weeks USD915 or RM3219

She has raised about RM10,000 of this and is hoping to raise the rest by republishing her book "I'm not sick; I'm just a bit unwell" in English and Chinese. The books are now available in Malaysian bookshops and from her web site store. She is also selling T-shirts at bazaars and via her web site store.

You can help by buying from Yvonne's online store at

More details about her surgery are posted at Yvonne blogs regularly at

You can also help by sending on this meme. If you do, please follow these meme rules:
1. Create a blog entry titled "Meme: Save Yvonne's Sight"
2. List three things you love to see. Add in the picture of Yvonne's book cover. The URL is
3. End with the line, "Yvonne Foong is in danger of losing her eyesight thanks to neurofibromatosis (NF). Please find out how you can help her by visiting her blog at
4. Tag 5 blog friends. Be sure to copy the rules, OK?
5. If you have a Facebook account, please check out my new invention, a "feme" pronounced FEEM, a meme designed for Facebook here. And if you want to blog about NF, that would be great too!

The three things I love to see best:
1. My cats Au and Target having a wonderful time!
2. My friends having a wonderful time!
3. Supermarkets stocked with lots of interesting stuff. Weird but true.

The people I'm tagging are:

Kareltje en ikke in The Netherlands.
The Fluffies in Malaysia.
Mizzy in Malaysia.
Bibliobuli in Malaysia.
Pelf in Malaysia.


Anya said...

Dat is een moeilijke opgave
dus ik moet zo'n post maken als jou
hmmm.... hihihi....
Leuk dat je aan mij gedacht hebt :)
Het is wel geweldig wat je allemaal doet Ellen, mijn complimenten :)
En nog aan t genieten van de mouson
Groetjes van ons
Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)

~CovertOperations78~ said...

I will do what I can! I've banked in some cash for her. Will see if I can afford to do it again in Oct. Thanks for doing this for Yvonne, I am proud to know her too!

Naddy said...

ok i'll pass on the meme

Danny Koh said...

I first encountered the meme on Magickriver which had a link to tok Mummy.

My heart breaks for her. But she has another problem which is the weak ringgit. I am not a blogger so I am of limited help but perhaps more non malaysians could help.

She is just a kid and she is facing a mountain well before her time

pelf said...

I will do it, I will do it, I will do it, LOL.