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A 200 Level student of University of Ilorin, Taofeek Oniwiridi is seeking the help of the public as he is battling with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a deadly blood cancer.
The campaign for #SAVETAOFEEK has been ongoing on various media platform as he needs to undergo Chemotherapy and a Stem cell transplant.
It was gathered that Taofeek was in good state of health before the lockdown in March 2020.
PLATFORM TIMES further learnt that he has been taking treatment at University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
Further findings revealed that Taofeek was referred to LUTH, Idi-Araba, where he had to undergo months of chemotherapy and consolidation but, his family couldn’t afford it.
It was learnt that when the illness first broke out, it was not made public until the family was not able to fund the treatment again.
One of the fundraising Committee who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES said Taofeeq urgently needs to undergo the Stem cell transplant in India with the estimated sum of N30 million.
He added, “It all started in 2020, during the lockdown — Taofeeq was fine when school closed in March until he wasn’t.
“His illness wasn’t public knowledge until the family had exhausted their money on treatment at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
“He had been referred to LUTH, Idi-Araba, where he had to undergo months of chemotherapy and consolidation but, his family couldn’t afford it.
”We had to crowd fund to raise ₦3.6 million which was used for the first step of the treatment.
“He completed the treatment in February and was able to resume school for a while afterwards.
“While at school, his health was fine. He was even preparing for the semester exams that started this week…only for him to be rushed to the school hospital, UITH because of unbearable pain and discomfort. He’s still in the hospital being managed.
“The doctors have recommended that he be sent to India for a bone marrow transplant, as that is the best cure for his illness”.
However, as at Saturday, May 22,the fundraising team reported that N 23.5 million has been raised and remaining N6.5 million.
The team added that there is 5 days countdown, the needed amount must be raised due to the hospital’s claim that the activity must follow one after the other since delay may mean starting all over again.
The report about the fundraising said, “With God’s help and yours, *N23.5 million has been raised so far.
“He still needs about 6.5million Naira which needs to be raised in less than 5 days as he is in great pain.
“He is currently under chemotherapy and would need to go for the transplant immediately — or start another phase of chemotherapy.
“This would cause a reduction in the amount raised for the Stem Cell Transplant and we would be back in phase one; The beginning of this journey. May we not labor in vain.
“Please we need your help to #SaveTaofeeq. Please Donate and Share this everywhere.
“We are one diagnosis away from being in Taofeeq’s shoe.
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