ZHENGZHOU, HENAN — One of my Jishou University students, Joan Xie Qiong (谢琼), 24, is battling leukemia in a hospital on Guangzhou. She has already had one round of chemotherapy, and now we need to raise funds for the second round of chemo and a bone marrow transplant (type O) to help her win her fight.
While a crowdfunding campaign in China has raised 218,000 RMB toward a 1,000,000 RMB (US$147,000) goal so far, it does not have an international reach. Platforms such as GoFundMe do not have access to the Chinese banking system, so I’ve taken it upon myself to write this appeal for donations to help out one of my most dear students.
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Xie Qiong was born to a poor family in Songyu Village, Paitou Township, Xiangtan County, Hunan Province, did well on her college entrance exam, and entered Jishou University in 2013 to study Business English. I taught her for two years. She had been working in Shenzhen in foreign trade until she fell ill in May, and was subsequently diagnosed with leukemia. Her older sister died of the disease when Joan was 3, and her father, too, when Joan was 14. Now her mom is left to face the same ordeal again, but not entirely alone. Her classmates, teachers and co-workers all adore Xie Qiong, who was always vivacious and hard working at university and at her workplace. They have organized a volunteer unit to help Joan and her mother with transportation, food, supplies and fundraising.
Joan was one of my most energetic and voluble students. She participated in nearly every speaking competition, was an accomplished dancer, and was active in class and university activities. She did volunteer work with rural children whose parents work in the big cities. She’s normally a dynamo of positive energy, and to see her bedridden breaks my heart.
Her initial treatment was in the Eighth Hospital of Zhongshan University in Shenzhen. As the family has no medical insurance, a previous crowdfunding campaign raised 300,000 RMB to cover the first round of chemotherapy. Following that successful treatment, Joan was transferred to Guangzhou South Hospital. There, the hospital has required a reserve of 1 million RMB for a second round of chemo and a bone marrow transplant (type O blood). We are struggling to raise those funds, as you can imagine. This kind of leukemia has a high survival rate, once the necessary treatment is done in time. To put it bluntly, we are racing the clock.
HOW TO DONATE:
1. Western Union charges a minimum of $5 for international transfers, which can be deposited directly into Joan’s bank account. The bank name is China Construction Bank (中国建设银行 zhōngguójiànshèyínháng), Xiangxi Jishou branch (湘西吉首支行 xiāngxī jīshǒu zhīháng), her account number is 6217 0030 4010 1254 974, and her phone number is 18565612587. If you need it, the country code for China is +86. Her name once again is Xie Qiong — Xie is the family (“last”)name.
2. If you have a Chinese bank account and Alipay, you can contribute through the crowdfunding page set up for Xie Qiong.
3. If you have a Chinese bank account and WeChat Wallet, you can contribute at the same site.
4. For small donations, you can send them to my PayPal account https://paypal.me/JohnWheaton and I will transfer the equivalent amount in RMB to Xie Qiong.
5. If you prefer using cryptocurrencies, you can send to any of the addresses listed at the end of this post. I will handle the exchange into RMB. If you plan to send more than $100 worth, please let me know in advance.
To allay any suspicions readers might have, I am reprinting the photos and medical information included on the Chinese crowdfunding page. Those of you with medical knowledge can probably verify the test results, though they are all of course in Chinese.
And here are some photos I took of Joan while she was at university.
I will continue to provide updates about Joan’s condition and the progress of the fundraising campaign.
Here’s those cryptocurrency addresses I mentioned. Thank you all in advance.