Young Chinese leukaemia patients hold ‘wedding reception’ to raise funds for treatment

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The parents of two children suffering from leukaemia held a “wedding reception” for them in Beijing to raise money to pay for their treatment, according to a newspaper report.

Wu Tianyi, a two-year-old boy, and a girl of the same age identified only as Yichen, are receiving treatment from the same hospital and are both awaiting bone-marrow transplants, The Beijing News reported on Tuesday.

Tianyi’s family has already spent over 300,000 yuan (US$47,900) on treatment, and they expect to borrow a further 500,000 yuan, according to the report.

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“We have borrowed all the money we could. We really don’t have any more, so we wanted to get some attention from the public and some help for our poor families,” Wu Laixin, the boy’s father was quoted as saying. “Tianyi will receive his transplant in April.”

He said that the family dreamed of seeing their son get married for real one day.

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More than 10 people attended the simple wedding reception on Monday, where the mothers of the children gave speeches and shared stories of how the families were coping with their situation.

Photographers took snaps of Wu Tianyi in his navy striped suit and trilby, and Yichen in her pink chiffon dress with a huge bow on the front and matching cap.

Wu Tianyi was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, and since then has received treatment at five different hospitals, the report said.

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