Organizations nationwide launch websites unceasingly to gather support in hopes of saving the life of Glory Hom, the only 19 year-old daughter of the New York China Overseas Mission Church Reverend Roycos Hom, who was diagnosed with Acute Myloblastic Leukemia (AML).
The conditions are to find a bone marrow match within Asians, and the probability lies in between 1 in 250,000 to 1 in 100,000. This formidable search is broadcasted over the web by and several advertisements by Chinese Christian Herald Crusade and also the Cammy Lee Foundation in Hong Kong and the United States in order to gather more potential matches for Glory Hom.
For the reverend, Glory was always an active and bright daughter ever since her childhood. She loved participating actively in many church activities, and she once was a swimming star athlete who dreamt to attend the Olympic games for the US Team. However, four years ago she was discovered with a tumor within her leg and went through amputation.
Although she was handicapped amidst this incident, she continues to harbor a steadfast hope and fighting spirit. Glory picked up ping pong while also catching up on her high school studies delayed due to chemotherapy sessions. She still was able to graduate with outstanding results and entered Wesley College in Boston, MA. She resolved to study medicine and begin a medical career to save many cancer patients.
While she was conducting her research during the summer, she was diagnosed with Leukemia during a blood-test this March 9.
Amidst the chemotherapy sessions, Glory reflects that "My heart feels safe. God is reliable, I’m very encouraged he is always looking at me. Even though I have had two cancers, I have not died. God should have a reason.”
In the middle of the chemotherapy, her liver has taken injuries and her pancreas has become inflamed for two weeks which caused indigestion for over two weeks.
Over this period of time, Glory held onto the preciousness of being able to live and participate in everyday life activities. She expressed that, “I realized that eating, and walking, although it seems simple, it does not mean it is obvious for everyone. Although I received a lot of suffering, I learned to treasure family and friends.”
Her firmness and resolution has unyieldingly given strength and hope to her surrounding peers.
(to be continued…)