S'pore terminal cancer patient, 30, donates vegetarian meals to give back during pandemic

He was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the muscle tissue.

Mandy How | July 25, 2021, 12:51 PM

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As his way of giving back, 30-year-old Xu Weijie has donated 60 vegetarian meals via coffeeshop stall Bishan Vegetarian.

Xu, who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, said in an interview with Lianhe Wanbao that he wants to contribute to society with his own means, as he has received plenty of help battling his condition.

This is especially so as many have lost their jobs during the pandemic, the patient said.

The meals are also a method to encourage non-vegetarians to try vegetarian fare.

As Xu is well-acquainted with the owner of Bishan Vegetarian, he decided to order 60 portions of food to be given out.

Rare cancer

The marathoner started experiencing a hoarse voice and sore throat in March last year.

A visit to the doctor revealed that he had a tumour in his throat leading to Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the muscle tissue.

As Xu is unable to speak or eat, he responded to Wanbao's questions by typing on his phone, during which he was accompanied by his mother and young brother.

He currently subsists on a liquid diet, fed through a tube.

On his condition, Xu said that he was in "very low sprits" after the diagnosis, as he did not think that someone who exercises regularly would get cancer at such a young age.

It was only with the support and encouragement of friends and family that Xu mustered the courage to fight the disease.

Prior to his diagnosis, Xu helped out with his brother's business.

He had also completed over 20 marathons.

Xu's mother, 54-year-old Cai Baotian, was apparently moved to tears when she visited the stall as usual to takeaway, and found out that the meals were donated by her son.

Top image via Bishan Vegetarian/Facebook