Malacañang-PSC Kamao helps children with chronic illnesses through UNTV Cup

Posted on: April 3rd, 2019

The Malacañang-PSC Kamao with the representatives of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) and Millenium Sports Support System Association Inc. received P100,00 cash prize during the 2nd game of the UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on March 11, 2019. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)

The Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission basketball team has chosen the cancer patients at Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) and the Millenium Sports Support System Association Inc. as their beneficiaries since the third season of UNTV Cup.

Through hard work and passion,  the Malacañang PSC Kamao has raised more than 5 million pesos for their chosen beneficiaries from the previous seasons as a championship contender.

On Season 7, the Kamao received another P100,000 for their charities.

One of their choices of charity, the cancer patients at Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), has become quite personal as two of their players Narayan and Visnu Das Javier have siblings that were cancer survivors but eventually died due to lung complications.

PCMC is one of the government-owned and controlled corporate (GOCC) National Centers for Specialized Health Care under the Department of Health. It is a 200-bed capacity tertiary hospital that provides pediatric care with a wide array of general and subspecialty services, surgery and allied medicine. It also offers training programs for medical and allied health care providers and a center in clinical research.

Doctor Sonia Gonzalez, a pediatric nephrologist at PCMC recalled, “Sa 2017 na lang, nagkaroon kami ng mga pasyente around 80,000. Malaking bahagi dito ang mga batang may cancer o ‘yung mga may problema sa dugo. Marami sa kanila ang na-operahan, natanggalan ng tumor o nag-undergo ng chemotherapy.”

(In 2017 alone, we had around 80,000 patients. Majority of whom are children with cancer or those with blood disorders. Many of them have undergone operation, had tumors removed or had chemotherapy.)

On the 6th season of UNTV Cup, the cancer patients at PCMC received 1 million pesos.

Dr. Malou Abiera of PCMC Cancer and Hematology Center stated, “Nagamit ang pondong ito karamihan sa pangangailangan sa laboratoryo ng mga pasyente at ang iba sa mga gamot. ‘Yong iba naka-spread out na ‘yan sa MRI, CT scan at ultrasound.”

(A larger part of the fund was used for patients’ laboratory services, some for medicine. Some were spread out for patients’ MRI, CT scan and ultrasound.)

Lenielyn Vicente, mother of a patient, expressed, “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Malacañang-PSC Kamao [UNTV at PCMC] dahil sila po ang tumutulong sa amin para po maging tuluy-tuloy po ang gamutan po ng aking anak.”

(I thank Malacañang-PSC Kamao [UNTV and PCMC] because they are the ones who helps us sustain my son’s medication.)

Photo taken during the Malacañang PSC Kamao and PhilHealth Plus game on October 2018 at Pasig City Sports Center. (Photoville International / Prince Marquez)

Dr. Abiera added, “Nagpapasalamat kami sa Malacañang-PSC Kamao sa tulong na ibinibigay nyo. Huwag kayong mag-alala, makakaasa kayo na maibibigay namin ang nararapat na serbisyo para sa ating mga batang may sakit. Maraming salamat sa UNTV Cup sa inyong unselfish deed at saka sa inyong generosity.”

(We thank Malacañang-PSC Kamao for the help they are extending to us. Don’t worry, we will make sure that we will deliver quality services to our patients. Thank you UNTV Cup for your unselfish deed and generosity.)

Though the players got tired throughout the season and sacrificed a lot of quality time supposed to be spent for their personal affairs, in the end, they still felt blessed.

“Noong inabot namin ‘yong tulong namin sa kanila, iba ang pakiramdam. Naiyak kami kasi nagti-thank you kami kay God na ginamit kami para sa mga bata. Tapos alam nila na sa UNTV galing ‘yong pera, through Malacañang, through sa amin, kaya nakakataba ng puso na kahit anong pagod namin sa laro, kahit na anong sakripisyo, nawala lahat iyon noong naibigay namin ang tulong. Ganoon pala kasarap tumulong,” MAL-PSC’s shooting guard Visnu Das Javier conveyed.

(When we handed our donation for the cancer patients at PCMC, it felt great. We cried as we thank God because He used us for these kids to get help. They know that the money came from UNTV through our team. It feels consoling after all the sacrifice and exhaustion. That’s how good it feels to help.)

Written by: Raymond Lacsa