Date
19 October 2017
Vivian Leung (inset), who is battling cancer, has seen her bookstore sales surge after she indicated that she needs to clear the stock before the Chinese New Year. Photos: Facebook, Apple Daily
Vivian Leung (inset), who is battling cancer, has seen her bookstore sales surge after she indicated that she needs to clear the stock before the Chinese New Year. Photos: Facebook, Apple Daily

Macau citizens show support for bookstore owner fighting cancer

A Hongkonger who owns a bookstore in Macau has received huge outpouring of support from locals after she said she needs to close her shop to receive cancer treatment in Hong Kong and stay with her father.

Dozens of people thronged the bookstore, an outlet named Creative Culture, Wednesday in a show of solidarity after Vivian Leung’s story was shared widely on social media, Apple Daily reported.

Leung, 54, was a social worker and a magazine sales representative before she discovered that she had cervical cancer many years ago.

She gave up her work due to the illness. When she recovered, she chose to open a bookshop rather than seek a new job.

Thus, Creative Culture was born eleven years ago, selling mainly scientific and children’s books. Leung was the first to introduce those kinds of books to Macau.

In April last year, Leung discovered that she was losing a lot of weight and also suffering from frequent stomach pain.

She then went to a Hong Kong hospital for a medical check. To her dismay, she was informed that there are signs that her cancer has recurred.

Leung started receiving electrotherapy, but felt that she might not be able to take care of her bookstore any longer. And she also wanted to move back to Hong Kong so that she could stay with her father.

A person expressed interest in buying the store but backed out at the last minute. It was then that Leung informed her friends that she may have difficulties in closing the shop before the Chinese New Year.

Leung’s friends shared her story through the social media and called on Macau citizens to show their support for the bookstore owner.

That prompted people to make a beeline to the store, giving Leung a pleasant surprise and filling her heart with happiness.

Sales have surged, with people buying more books than usual. Meanwhile, some doctors have offered advice and therapies on cancer treatment.

Given the support that she has received, it is possible that Leung will succeed in clearing the stock before the Chinese New Year and proceed to Hong Kong for medical treatment.  

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