The Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP) came up with a fundraiser to help out Rio Olympian Ian Lariba who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
In an article from Manila Bulletin, the fundraiser will be handled by De La Salle University to help Lariba’s family defray the costs of her hospital bills.
Lariba underwent chemotherapy last week and her body system has been responding well. However, she is not yet ready nor allowed to receive visitors and well-wishers.
Before the diagnosis went out, the tennis ace player was supposed to lead the country’s campaign in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Kuala Lumpur this August.
She was also set to take part in the world championships in Dusseldorf, Germany last May 29-June 5.
Although Lariba would be out from the SEAG for a while, TATAP is pinning hopes for Lariba’s co-players Richard Gonzalez, John Nayre, Ryan Jacolo and Japet Adaza in the men’s side and Sendrina Balatbat, Rose Jean Fadol, Emy Rose Dael, Jamaica Sy and Fil-Japanese Rizumu Ono in their games.