Cancer-ridden former Singapore Silat champ feels like a burden to family, struggles to pay escalating medical bill


The life of a National Silat player, who had represented Singapore at the Paris Open and won silver and gold medals at the tender age of 13, came tumbling down when he suffered multiple seizures as he was preparing for the SEA Games when he was 15.

The boy, Mohd Izwan Shah, was subsequently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer – a combination of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Besides having his athletic career tragically cut short, Shah was devastated to find out that he would only have six months to live if an emergency bone marrow transplant was not successful.

Fortunately, his brother was found to be a perfect match and Shah survived the transplant. However, this was only the beginning of Shah’s painful ordeal.


In 2012, doctors found that cancer cells had spread to Shah’s stomach when they discovered a stomach tumor. Shah had to undergo another operation to remove the tumor.

In November 2016, Shah was diagnosed with typhoid cancer and doctors found 48 cancerous cells on his neck. The young adult who turns 24 this year underwent another surgery to remove the malignant cells this February.

The cost of all of these surgeries and treatments has depleted the funds in Shah’s father’s medisave account. Feeling as though he is a burden to his family, Shah has been trying to save money on his own by working as a dishwasher and a waiter.

Shah’s mother shared her son’s story online and appealed for help to manage the costs of more treatments that he has yet to undergo. She said:

“As parents, we’re very sad to see him going through this phase, and we wish we could help more, but circumstances prevent us from doing more to provide him with assistance.
“We hope through this platform, to raise $60,000, to help Shah to continue his Hematology, Radiotherapy for his head & neck, and for his anxiety issue, he needs to see a speech therapist.
“He’s been having slurred conversation ever since he gone through his radiotherapy, which was the side effect he’s facing.
“We plead for your kind heart and generous support to help my boy to pull through this ordeal, otherwise, he’s refusing therapy. He’s always a good boy and the good thing about him is he’s taking life very positively.”

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  1. He had done outstandingly for the nation. What has the nation done for him? I am ashamed of such treatment dished out by the welfare groups of this nation. The Sports Association that he represented should take the lead to help him seek financial and medical assistance.

  2. It would be a good gesture for all athletes who were awarded cash monies for their SEA Games medals by Singapore Pools could come together to help this former athlete. In addition the entire sports fratenity, i.e. all NSAs come together and raise some money for our Singaporean former athlete. Sports build a noble character from within. Please show this by coming together and assist him.please

  3. Don’t just survive but live. There are lots of valuable information on the Internet on alternative natural treatment. You owe yourself to find the real cure and not let doctors just treat your symptoms and make you dependent on drugs and medical procedures only without a cure.

    • The next time you get heart attack or aids or any form of cancer, dont see doc ok? Go find a cure on the internet. What a fucking irresponsible, stupid and ignorant “advice”

    • The power of cures ll is in your fathom long body and no where else. The mind power is mystical and yet very powerful enough to deal with diseases within. You’re Absolutely right my friend. CIAO

  4. These white termites use you to gain global fame. When tragic strike they’ll dump you into the waste bin!. Hope Schooling, family & all sportsman & sportswomen read this to understand him & how these white termites found he is of no use & dump him aside!

  5. Singapore sports management just lives off the sporting fellas when they achieve…and when its over..dump them to the side…and those that cannot be the best suffers the same humiliation

  6. Hey Nation, do something for someone who are in need now and who has contributed much in the past instead of just rewarding big money to those who bring back medals.

  7. This shows Singapore is a communist country while the so called President of the same race spends millions of dollars of her campaign and yet no gov funds or sympathy has provided from the gov, no MP ever spoke on his behalf prior to his treatments no one gives a damm from gov agencies like Medifund ,etc,better be a Bruneian atleast the Sultan takes care of the citizens well being .

  8. Singapore : The land of raising funds.
    Fully supportive of local fund raising to help fellow citizens, but i realise foreigners also like to come to our hospital and then ask Singaporeans for fund raising… usually, they go back home with their pockets full.

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