I stayed up late last night despite my son’s constant urging for us to go to bed because I really wanted to watch Kcat’s story on Cheche Lazaro Presents. The title of the episode is “Binubuong Pangarap, Apat na Storya ng Pag-asa.”
Maria Kathrina Lopez Yarza, otherwise known as Kcat (pronounced as Kat), is a fellow blogger. Kcat is suffering from Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). I only learned about her condition from other mommy bloggers Levy and Mitch.
According to MedLine Plus, neurofibromatosis is “a genetic disorder of the nervous system. It causes tumors to grow on nerves.” Neurofibromatosis happens because of a mutation in genes, or it can be inherited. The symptoms associated with this disease are hearing loss, ringing in the ears and poor balance. Patients suffering from NF2 may also experience the following complications: changes in vision or sensation, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs and build-up of fluid in the brain.
Right now, Kcat can’t hear well, can’t see well, can’t swallow well and can’t walk on her own because of NF2. Despite her condition, however, she remains positive. She doesn’t let her condition pull her down and uses her God-given skills instead to raise funds for her medical needs. She’s selling purple wristbands, button pins, tumblers and shirts that she designed herself. You can visit her online store here.
Kcat says, “Every cent counts. I’m not really asking for money, buying from me is much better.. But you can donate if you want to.. There’s no big or small in helping, it’s the HELP that matters.”
For those who would like to help Kcat, you can deposit your donations directly to her BDO account. Here are her account details:
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Account Name: MARIA KATHRINA L. YARZA
Savings Acct Number: 02 809 824 88
Banco De Oro SM Megamall Branch, Mandaluyong City
You can also text or call Kcat at 09063360757 or 09235219600.