As my friends and supporters help to spread the word and gather pledges for A Celebration of Life foundation on their own initiatives, I am doing some groundwork at home. For one, I am setting up a website for the Foundation which I have bought out of my own pocket. Secondly, I am preparing myself to carry the responsibility of a charitable foundation director.

Running the foundation will be my full-time job, my vocation. It will be my honor to serve as I have always wanted a helping profession even as a child.

My heart is filled with gratitude to God, for preparing me for this day and this calling. I am grateful that He gave me the SEGi University College scholarship and later, the means to pay and study directly with Upper Iowa University where I learned about psychology, counseling, law, government, economics, human services, anthropology, sociology, international relations and natural sciences. I am also grateful for the Life College scholarship He gave, which I learned journalism and public relations with. On hindsight, I can see that all I have studied and experienced in varsity are useful in fulfilling my destiny.

However, I didn’t immediately foresee that my calling would be as big as this. I thought that I would be employed as a counselor or social worker. I merely picked my study subjects based on what interested me. So, when the magnitude of my calling became clearer and clearer to me later, I went from feeling surprise to disbelief and finally – acceptance, gratitude and honor.

I am under no illusion that running a charitable foundation is going to be easy. In fact, I expect there will be challenges and oppositions along the way. But I have faith that I will be able to sail through rough waters. I will be able to overcome challenges by my faith in God, in myself and my experience.

With this heart of gratitude and confidence, I feel even more thankful when I hear from my supporters the amount of pledges they manage to collect. Because, the pledges received affirm my faith and belief in this calling. I want so much to tell people who have pledged to the Foundation that you are doing something which will have profound meaning and significance to this world.

Thank you for believing in me.

Categories: Works of Gratitude

Yvonne Foong

As a child, Yvonne Foong dreamed of growing up to help others. To achieve her ambition, she began studying to become a psychologist. But things changed when tumours were discovered in her body at the age of sixteen. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 -- a genetic illness with no cure. Fighting for survival, Yvonne turned to fundraising and embarked on a medical odyssey to the United States. Her experiences since then have transformed her into a motivational speaker; inspiring hope, faith and strength. Yvonne is currently working to establish a humanitarian foundation that provides NF patients in Malaysia with financial and logistical support. Visit Works of Gratitude to learn more.


pelf · January 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I wished I could do more to help you, Yvonne. I will continue to write to my friends to encourage them to support your cause. I hope you get to achieve your dreams one day. Soon.


YS Lee · January 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Dear Yvonne,

You will be the Director of ‘A Celebration of Life Foundation’ for it has been planned by the Almighty. You have been through 10 years of tests and came through all with cheerfulness, courage and compassion.
You have the Faith and Belief in the Almighty and yourself, the rest will follow naturally.
I am honored to know you, be inspired and have my faith in the goodness of mankind be affirmed through helping you.
Thank you!

Yvonne Foong · January 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Hi Pelf, I am aware that you went through a tough time recently. May God bless you.
If you are feeling better after your recent ordeal, can you help to follow up with Dona, please? 🙂

Yvonne Foong · January 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Dear Aunty YS,

God started preparing my foundation much earlier than 10 years ago. The work was started when I was three years old. My father suffered a stroke in 1989 which put my parents and I through complicated psychosocial challenges that tested our mind, heart and willpower. This test had continued for me until I was 22 years old. In 2009, I took longer than usual to regain consciousness after a brain surgery at the end of that year. During that time in the ICU, I suffered brain seizures which helped me to finally empathize with my father’s difficulty. (He survived the stroke and lived on with mild cognitive impairments which everyone could not empathize with). I emerged from that surgery with an awakening – I understood the reason for my life’s challenges. My father’s stroke had trained me to be strong-willed. This understanding brought me peace. I made peace with my life. I am grateful to my father for his soul’s contribution.

pelf · January 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Alright Yvonne, I will follow up with Dora and keep you in the loop 😀

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