Volleyball community unites for Jovelyn Gonzaga’s nephew

Mark Escarlote on Oct 04, 2019 12:55 AM
Volleyball community unites for Jovelyn Gonzaga’s nephew
The local volleyball community unites to extend financial help for Jovelyn Gonzaga’s three-year old nephew Calix Vander or CV.

National team hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga was thankful for the overwhelming support from fellow volleyball players and volleyball fans for her nephew who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

The local volleyball community united to extend financial help for Gonzaga’s three-year old nephew Calix Vander or CV.     

“Sobrang overwhelming ng volleyball community,” said the opposite hitter on Thursday during the welcome dinner for the ASEAN Grand Prix second leg in Crimson Hotel in Alabang. “Ang dami nga nagme-message na ganito lang ang maitutulong ko. Walang konting tulong, pag pinagsama-sama ‘yun napakalaking bagay. And prayers, sabi ko prayers niyo napakalaking bagay na ‘yun para sa pamangkin ko.”

Gonzaga said that CV had undergone numerous check-ups the past month and was hospitalized for two weeks before the doctors found out that it was leukemia.

“Almost more than a month na ‘yung check-ups niya tapos na-hospital na rin siya for more than two weeks, muntik na nga akong hindi sumama ng Thailand (ASEAN Grand Prix first leg) kasi gusto ko siyang tutukan pero hindi pwede kasi may commitment ako kata tuluy-tuloy ang monitor ko sa kanya,” said Gonzaga.

“At that time ang dami niyang test eh,” continued the enlisted Army personnel. “Kasi unang finding sa kanya, may namuong bukol sa heart niya pero doon na na-find out na may problema siya sa dugo. So ang daming test, bone marrow test, biopsy and all. Hanggang sa nalaman na may leukemia.”

It was her friends Carmela Tunay of Petron and Cignal teammate Rachel Anne Daquis who started a fund-raising campaign for CV.   

“Thankful ako kasi that time mga two weeks pa lang na-admit si CV, nag-message na si Mela sa akin,” said Gonzaga. “Sobrang blessing ni Mela at ni ate Rachel Daquis.”

“Actually sila talaga ‘yung nagri-reach out sa akin na, ‘ate, if ever gusto mong magpa-auction’ kasi dati nagpa-acution na rin siya para kay Ian Larriba,” Gonzaga added. “So sabi ko sa kanya, ‘sige beh lapitan kita’ kasi that time wala pang final confirmation sa sakit ng pamangkin ko eh.’”

Daquis, according to Gonzaga, has been helping her since CV got sick.

“Si ate Rachel naman, mula noong nagkasakit si CV, sobrang nagnaga-update na siya sa akin na kung ano ang matutulong niya, gagawa daw siya ng videos para humingi ng tulong sa mga tao,” said Gonzaga. “And ngayong araw nga nagbigay na ako ng go signal kasi magsa-start na ‘yung cycle ng chemo. Sobrang laki pala ng gagastusin, every cycle umaabot na siya ng 100k. Maliban sa chemo madami pa siyang tests kasi mino-monitor ang progress niya.”

Gonzaga said that her brother, CV’s father, will open a bank account on Friday where people can deposit their donations and will post the details on her social media account.

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