The family of 14-year-old Reuben Azazi are seeking the public’s help to raise N1.8m for the teenager to undergo surgery for Burkitt Lymphoma, also known as aggressive cancer, on his jaw.
Ashanti Bekewei, the younger sister to the teenager’s late mother, from the Ogbinbiri Community in Bayelsa State, decried the current state of her nephew, according to a statement made available to PUNCH Metro by a non-governmental organisation, Gifting Volunteer Network, and signed by a mediator, Belele David.
Bekewei was quoted as saying, “I am appealing for financial assistance for 14-year-old Reuben. He has a purpose in life. He has a dream in life. Reuben, the third child of his late mother who died five years ago, was admitted on March 23, 2023, at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa with bilateral jaw cancer.
“His family; his father cannot afford the bill. We don’t have the financial strength to take care of the bill and he has been lying in that bed in pain. We are helpless.
“We are appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to save Reuben’s life. He is an intelligent and smart boy who dreams of becoming an engineer. Help us save him.
“We have explored necessary means to save his life but they seem abortive. We are left with a public appeal to save him.”
Donations can be sent to the boy’s United Bank for Africa’s account number 2303391106 with Reuben Azazi as the account name.