Date
23 May 2017
Isabelle Claisse (L) is going to unusual lengths to help raise funds for the cancer-stricken son of her domestic helper Mariza Canete. Photos: Strait Times
Isabelle Claisse (L) is going to unusual lengths to help raise funds for the cancer-stricken son of her domestic helper Mariza Canete. Photos: Strait Times

British lawyer in Singapore in unique fund-raiser for maid’s son

A Singapore-based British lawyer is planning to shave all her hair to help raise funds for her Filipino domestic helper whose child has been diagnosed with cancer.

Corporate lawyer Isabelle Claisse decided to help her maid Mariza Canete after learning that the latter’s young son was suffering from bone cancer, according to Straits Times.

As the boy didn’t have health insurance and his family couldn’t afford the costly treatment, Claisse has planned a unique fund-raiser to help pay for the medical bills.

After launching a crowd-funding campaign, the lawyer plans to have her head shaved in a fund-raiser next week for the 10-year-old. 

“It is a good way to raise awareness about cancer, even though it would be challenging to be bald at my workplace in a corporate environment,” Claisse was quoted as saying.

Doctors in the Philippines discovered a tumor in the left leg of Dave Caba, the youngest son of Canete, in October after the boy started complaining of constant pain.

Surgery and hospitalization expenses for the kid are expected to amount to more than US$100,000.

A crowd-funding campaign on charity platform Generosity.com has yielded about US$6,500 so far.

To raise more funds, Claisse and her husband are planning a fund-raiser event on Jan. 13 at a bar in Singapore’s Boat Quay.

During the event, Claisse, Canete and a family friend will be auctioning off the chance to shave their heads.

The highest bidders will get the privilege of shaving the heads. 

Claisse’s family of four met Dave in 2014, when he and his two siblings spent three weeks in Singapore to celebrate Christmas with the family and their mother, the report said.

The operation to remove the tumor in Dave’s left shin bone, and replace the bone with an implant, is scheduled to take place on Jan. 26. 

Claisse feels it is her “moral imperative” to do everything she can to help her maid’s family.

Canete was overwhelmed with emotion when she found out about the lengths her employers were going to in order to help her.

“I don’t know where my son would be without them. Isabelle doesn’t treat me like a helper, she treats me like a sister. There’s nothing more that I could have asked for,” she told the Straits Times.

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