Three weeks ago Salvador's Coffee House announced that one of their employees, Li Ping (李萍), was suffering from renal failure. Her prognosis is daunting — a lifetime of treatment and hospital visits. In addition to taking up a tremendous amount of Li Ping's emotional and physical energy, the treatments are also extremely expensive.
Li Ping, who is just 17-years old, will need to get dialysis treatments twice a week for the rest of her life. She may, in the future, become healthy enough to receive a kidney transplant, but it is not currently an option. The condition of her kidneys is exacerbated by an enlarged heart caused by anemia.
After several weeks of treatment in Kunming, Li Ping has returned to her village outside of Lincang. Li Ping will now have to travel two hours each way to a hospital capable of treating her complicated set of ailments. This trip requires her to walk, take a motorcycle and finally board a bus.
Salvador's has set the conservative but still immense goal of raising 150,000 yuan (US$24,000) to be spent on continuing care for Li Ping over the next two years. In two years she will become eligible to receive insurance which will greatly decrease her medical costs.
Due to an outpouring of goodwill and generosity, more than a third of that money has been donated in just three weeks. As of this writing, 27,400 yuan (US$4,390) has been donated online and 26,835 yuan (US$4,300) has been received in person at Salvador's. Other international contributions totaling 9,350 yuan (US$1500) have also been confirmed.
It will be difficult for Li Ping to work consistently for the rest of her life. The goal of raising 150,000 yuan is also an attempt to supplement her financially day-to-day. To further her cause, two fundraisers have been organized to raise additional money.
The first of these will be a trivia competition held at Slice of Heaven on November 10. The quiz will begin at 8pm. Prospective teams should contact Barbara at 15887253680 to make arrangements as space is limited. Awards will include meal vouchers, wine and beer and other consolation prizes. Entry to the quiz is 50 yuan per person.
Special guest performer DJ Xiao Kris will make an appearance as well. Because the next day is a working day, the show will begin promptly at 7:30pm. Tickets cost 30 yuan and can be purchased in advance at Salvador's.
All proceeds from both events will be donated to Li Ping. GoKunming, Salvador's and Li Ping would like to thank everyone who has already made a donation. We also encourage those who can afford it to join these events and help out a truly worthwhile cause.
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