Yvonne with St. Vincent Medical Center in the background at age 21, Year 2007

This year, I am bringing my cause back to where it all started, to the continent called America, but not for my own medical treatments. I will be going back this time on a speaking tour of the United States to raise funds for my foundation.

I have a marketing manager in USA organizing the tour. Over the past one month, he has pitched me to a world leading automotive company as well as producers of the largest radio station within America and internationally among others. Avenues in Washington State, Los Angeles and Florida are in the horizon.

Returning to America has great personal significance. It was in America, in the year of 2004, that I experienced hope of preserving my life and dignity as an individual with a potentially debilitating genetic disorder. My first surgery visit at House Research Institute in Los Angeles at the age of 18 changed my life forever. I can vividly remember how I felt while looking out the window as my Malaysia Airlines flight flew pass the dessert as it prepared to land at Los Angeles International Airport in September 2004. I was in disbelief.

I also remember how I felt as my departure flight climbed in altitude two weeks later, sending me home to Malaysia. I asked God to please let me come back again. Please.

And He did. He took me back to the United States few times a year ever since, to receive life saving treatments time and time again. All I had to do was make informed medical decisions with my choice of doctors, plan the cost of surgery and visit, and make my own efforts to raise the funds. That was all. He did the rest. He moved mountains, led people to help me reach my goal. Time and time again. I have had 17 surgeries to date. Only three were done in Malaysia. The rest in America.

That’s why my faith in Him is so strong today. God and I have been to the brink of death and overcame it. He showed me what it meant to be decisive and determined to survive.

Returning to America on a speaking tour would be like a commemoration of my life extension, which is a miracle, and God’s love to me.

My marketing manager is in the process of securing sponsors for my tour. If your organization would like to help out in this endeavor, please let me know.

Hear my story in this short video.

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.

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