Akanimo Ekanem was bubbling with life and well set for life as a footballer until he was struck with abdominal cancer. He now needs our help fast.
Akanimo who is only 10-years-old, is currently undergoing painful chemotherapy, according to his worried father, Sunday Ekanem, has had two surgical operations so far to remove the tumour but the pains from the tumour and intestinal cramps have been unbearable for him.
Now, his family has come out in the open seeking financial assistance and prayers for public-spirited Nigerians to make the brilliant boy get well and get back to life.
A family friend has, therefore, sent this passionate appeal to kind-hearted Nigerians to help young Akanimo get back to his feet:
"Dear Nigerians, we are sending this passionate appeal to you all for help and prayers to help put back the smile on Akanimo's face.
Akanimo is such a sweet, easy-going child and very intelligent and compassionate. Until one month ago, he was like every other 10-year old. He loved football which is the main sport in Nigeria.
He would watch matches with his Dad, play football with his cousins at every chance. He also belongs to a football academy and has played in a few competitive games with other similar academies.
It seemed somewhat surreal that a few days earlier, he was running around as a defender on a football pitch and then suddenly, he is diagnosed with abdominal cancer!
His bowels became obstructed from the reach of the cancer. He has had two surgical operations to remove the tumour. The pain from the tumour and intestinal cramps have been debilitating but his doctors are working hard at it.
You see, no one could have expected this. Who takes her child to the clinic on a complaint of stomach ache and would, even in their wildest imagination, expect to see a mass staring back at them from the ultrasound screen?
You would expect a couple anti-biotics for a stomach bug or so, but definitely not a tumour.
The kid's resilience is unbelievable and gives his parents so much strength. He talks about getting well in the present tense.
In Nigeria, they were not able to accurately diagnose the type of cancer, more so the chances of getting optimal therapy were so slim and grim. The parents liquidated everything they could hurriedly and brought him to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, hoping to give him a good fighting chance at surviving.
The working diagnosis is a rare type of a malignant tumour which is notably fast-growing and aggressive.
There is good news though! The tumour has not spread to his significant internal organs including his liver, chest and bone marrow. He has commenced chemotherapy. He's got an amazing fighting spirit like a champ!
The treatment will approximately cost about 1 million Dollars. In the Nigerian currency, this is about N360 million. The parents do not have anything near this amount of money. Please let’s make Akanimo's hope of a cure a reality.
GIVE whatever you can. No donation is too small [tax-deductible]
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The details are as follows:
Sunday Ekanem [Dad]
Nigerian Account Details:
Access Bank (Dom Account $)
Please, let us join hand to make Akanimo smile again!