Cancer patient's love story moves many, including Law Minister K. Shanmugam

SINGAPORE - The love story of a cancer-stricken Singaporean man has moved many people, including Minister for Law K. Shanmugam.

On Wednesday, Mr Shanmugam shared the love story of Alan, who had posted it on citizen journalism site Stomp.

Sharing it on his Facebook page, Mr Shanmugam said: "A really emotional story from Alan. Alan is with PA (People's Association), and helped in Nee Soon with community activities. He is an exceptional person. Very committed. Wish him the best, and speedy recovery." Mr Shanmugam is the Member of Parliament of Nee Soon GRC.

 

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Mr Shanmugam ended his post with the hashtag #StandUpToCancer.

Alan posted his story of love and pain on Stomp as part of the Valentine's Day Love Story contest. In it, the divorcee with two children describes his struggles and having to put off his marriage to his girlfriend Sherry after being diagnosed with terminal stage liver cancer last year.

In a touching tribute to Sherry, he wrote that she stayed by his side through his weight loss, yellowed teeth and hair loss, even though she attracts "a horde of admirers with that captivating smile and flawless complexion".

He ended his story with: "On this Valentine's Day 2015, I would like to ask 'Dear, it may be one year overdue. But can I call you 'Mrs Yap' at the Flyer come June 2015?' "

His story has garnered more than 100,000 views since it was posted on Wednesday. The contest is ongoing. 

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