I was surprised by a text from an unknown number on my WhatsApp on Saturday 9th when I woke up from a late afternoon nap, having had a long day and night in a Rotaract Club Officers Seminar in Entebbe.
Its Lorna here….” The text said!
I know only one Lorna and I was not expecting a text from her soon because of her situation.
Lorna is battling Cancer at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi Kenya, the only nearest place for her to get chemo and radiotherapy from her motherland, “The Pearl of Africa” where the only machine capable of helping with her condition broke down a week after she was taken to Nairobi. How lucky we are that our friend was taken…. Sighs!
Anyway, this one is not to lament of the condition at home sweet home, but a thank you message from my friend Ayebale Lorna Kiyonga.
Lorna asked me to convey her heartfelt gratitude to all of you for supporting her up to this time with your selfless donations towards her medical treatment. She is short of words to say to describe her appreciation that even I cannot convey in the best way possible.
Let me simply put it here in her own words.
“I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your donations towards my medical expenses and support to my family. I have been updated about all the fundraising efforts like meetings, the gofundme https://www.gofundme.com/wgvn6xnd and the car wash organized by CDA scheduled for Saturday 16th April. Thanks a lot!
As you know the cancer treatment in Kenya will cost thousands of dollars and for most people like myself, this opportunity is but a dream. With organized fundraising events and support from friends like you I hope for my dream to become a reality.
In a special way, allow me thank my mother, fiancée Alaistair, family, CDA and all of you friends once again for your kindness, generosity and time and effort that you all put into making the fundraising.
My operation was successful and will be starting radiotherapy next week (Monday) and I am positive that we are fighting a hard but winning battle. With all your prayers, I will be home soon…… Thanks again!” Ayebale Lorna Kiyonga.
I simply won’t add a word of my own after such an elaborate message from Lorna, but I too thank all of you for standing by her side at a time when she needs us most and my the Almighty reward you all as we continue to pray for our dear friend.