Sunday, August 31, 2014

Help Save Yomade Balogun...

Yomade, Before.
Does she wonder if she will raise enough money for the kidney transplant? ... Does she sometimes breakdown in tears when no one is looking – an endless “why me” stuck in her thoughts?

Yesterday, I tried to blog about Yomade Balogun. I tried hard, but the words wouldn’t form. I must have written no less than six opening paragraphs. I deleted them all. No words, absolutely no words, were adequate to convey the depth of my emotion.

Today, I must try again – even though not much has changed. I must force myself to find the words, fully cognizant of their inadequacy, in the hope that they might move even one person to action.

Yomade is 26, first of three children, and a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University. She lost her dad to a ghastly motor accident in 1992. A few years ago, she started her own company – “Adornare Clothing and Accessories” – where she trains other tailors and makes clothes under her own label.

Yomade is a regular young lady, with dreams and aspirations of her own – but for an ailment that threatens the very fabric of her existence.

Yomade is battling renal failure.

Sometimes, like tonight, I sit by myself and wonder what might be going through her mind at that instant. Does she wonder if she will raise enough money for the kidney transplant? Does she despair at having to depend on Dialysis Machines for her continued survival? Does she sometimes breakdown in tears when no one is looking – an endless “why me” stuck in her thoughts? Does she sometimes break out in fervent prayers – beseeching God for her healing?

Hopefully, one day – I can ask her for myself how it felt to go through these trying times, and if this battle for her life changed her perspective on living.

But today, we need to take action. Indeed there is so much pain in the world, and frankly speaking – there is very little that we can do. But sometimes, ‘little’ is all it takes. My ‘little’, and your ‘little’, and ‘little’ from a few hundred people – and we can together give Yomade a chance at an healthy life again.

See below for account details. Give, cheerfully - even if it's just a thousand. Coldstone Ice Cream can wait. That fancy extra top you really don't need can wait. That movie can wait...

You just might help to save a life.
Account name: Balogun Yomade Yewande
GTB: 0130520176
DIAMOND BANK: 0051136447
ZENITH: 2084974783.
Yomade, During. One day, soon by God's grace, I'll put up a picture of her looking healthy and chubby again - with the caption "Yomade, After".
Update:
People have mailed me asking for more details, ala 'proof'. Go to BellaNaija and Obajeun.Com to view other posts. I have also included some scanned letters from her hospital after the cut.









Cheers to the new week,
Koye.

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