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Mrs Jennifer Yeo

Chairman and Founder, VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer

My son was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when he was three. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the doctors, nurses and staff at National University Hospital (NUH) and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had a bone marrow transplant, my son is now a healthy 22 year old medical student.

When VIVA first started, we had very limited resources. Yet, VIVA managed to catalyse strategic projects and programmes that help to improve the level of research and medical care for children with cancer, with the help and support of many kind and generous people.

I was very much inspired by the high level of expertise in St Jude and was fortunate to work with Dr Ching-Hon Pui of St Jude and Dr Allen Yeo of NUH to help transfer the knowledge to our hospitals, doctors and nurses in Singapore. It is translational research that will bring the lifesaving cures to children. St Jude has managed to achieve a survival rate of 94% for ALL, the most common type of childhood leukaemia, through years and billions of dollars in research.

My vision is for VIVA to help transfer and adapt that research knowledge to Singapore and Asia. VIVA’s work over the last 10 years would not have been possible without generous givers and supporters. In particular, I would like to thank Mrs Betty Wu-Lee, Mr. Goh Hup Jin and Mr. Philip Ng.

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My vision is for VIVA to help transfer and adapt life-saving research knowledge to Singapore, as well as the region.

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Mrs. Betty Wu-Lee is one of the founding Director of VIVA Foundation. Without her strong support from the day VIVA was conceptualized, we would not have gotten to where we are today. Mrs. Lee is a true friend to children with cancer and a true friend to doctors and scientists involved in curing them. Mrs. Lee’s support has been unstinting and words cannot express the gratitude and love we have for her.

Mr. Goh Hup Jin and the Goh Foundation has been supporting VIVA’s programmes including a $12 million VIVA-GOH paediatric oncology programme in NUH which started running in 2009, as well as our annual St Jude-VIVA Forum.

In 2011, Mr. Philip Ng from Far East Organisation very generously donated the 3rd floor of the Novena Specialist Centre to VIVA, allowing us to build a hub for childhood cancer which today houses the key charities involved in helping children with cancer, as well as a school for children recovering from cancer.

I give thanks for all the help and opportunities that we have received to save lives together and pray for continuing support to make our dream to save even more lives a reality