BAGUIO CITY (Apr. 24) — The Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees – Cordillera (Courage Cordillera), the regional chapter of the national confederation of government employees in the Philippines, appeals for support for a Cordillera-based government servant who has been suffering from End Stage Renal Failure.
Jennifer Coral-Gabaen, 32, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease on August 25, 2005 and was advised to undergo a kidney transplant or dialysis.
Gabaen would need at least P1 million for her hospitalization had she opted for a transplant. She has been undergoing hemo-dialysis twice a week since 2005 because she was financially incapable of a transplant.
“Continuous dialysis is an expensive medical procedure for any ordinary government worker to afford. It has drained her financial resources,” Courage said in its statement appealing for public support that may be extended to Gabaen. “We aspire not only to raise enough funds for her present treatment and transplant operation but also to find a possible kidney donor,” the group said.
Jennifer was born on November 22, 1976 in Demang, Sagada, Mountain Province but is now a resident of Baguio City. She was formerly a full-time organizer of Tongtongan ti Umili (People’s Forum), a multi-sectoral alliance of different basic sectors in Baguio City. At present, she is the Administrative Officer for the Department of Justice Parole and Probation Administration – CAR, and an active member of the Regional Council of Courage Cordillera. She has two children aged nine and 12.
Donations may be accepted by Courage Cordillera, which may be reached through their telefax (074)3003489, or their office at No. 10 Rimando Road, Baguio City. # Ces Peta for NORDIS