After conquering local Vietnamese dance competitions, CK went on to win competitions in Malaysia and Singapore.
He is an amazing dancer who specializes in popping and animation – check it out for yourself:
It’s really hard to imagine that this is the same guy:
Nobody knew that CK was born with just 1 kidney. He had a small stature but seemed healthy and active. It was too late when he found out that his only kidney was failing at 16. In the past 6 years he has been undergoing dialysis, 3 times a week at “The Traditional Medication Hospital” in Vietnam.
Financially, it hasn’t been easy for his family.
His father had to retire from his prior job as a taxi driver due to old age. His mother, who owns a small shop outside a temple, remains the sole breadwinner. The cost of dialysis has been increasing, leaving the family no choice but to sell everything they can.
In this article, (last para, loosely translated) CK voices his dispair –
“My family doesn’t even have enough to eat, how could I even think of getting a kidney transplant? At 22 most people start pursuing their dreams and aspirations. I’ve always wanted to be a dedicated hip hop dancer, but due to my current circumstances, it will forever be a distant dream.”
While dialysis is a lifesaving treatment, it performs only about 10 percent of the work a functioning kidney does. Also because of its impact on the body, dialysis can cause other serious health problems and complications including:
- Bone disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Nerve Damage
As a result, the average life expectancy for a patient on dialysis is generally five years (according to this site).
CK and his family are hoping to raise enough money to allow CK to undergo a kidney transplant. According to the same site, patients who receive a kidney transplant typically live longer than those who stay on dialysis. A living donor kidney functions, on average, 12 to 20 years, and a deceased donor kidney from 8 to 12 years.
Patients who get a kidney transplant before dialysis live an average of 10 to 15 years longer than if they stayed on dialysis. CK, would benefit the most from a kidney transplant as a young adult. With a successful transplant, CK can return to his active lifestyle and get back to pursuing his dream of being a dancer – which has currently been put on pause.
Find out how you can help here (a site set up by CK and his brother). The site includes a press contact and bank transfer details for people in Vietnam, Singapore and via PayPal. CK needs to raise at least 500 million dong (approx 29,529 SGD) for a kidney transplant. [Edit: from my understanding, they don’t have a donor as of yet; and his friends are looking to raise 42k SGD to sustain dialysis for 4 years.]
You might not have hundreds of dollars to spare but I think the least we all could do is to:
- Lend your voice – share CK’s story so that CK and his family can raise enough, before it’s too late. (Hashtag: #saveck)
- Donate the cost equivalent of one meal of yours – we can always afford to skip a meal.
- Of course, pray for CK and his family, that they will remain strong!
This guy seriously has talent, and it’s a pity if he can’t live a quality of life he wants to because life threw him a curveball and money was the only thing hampering him from recovering.