Role model of selfless love and commitment

I was touched to read of Mr Michael Wong's selfless love and care towards his wife, who suffers from dementia and uses a wheelchair ("Staying upbeat despite his cancer bout, wife's dementia"; Nov 5).

It is a demonstration of the marriage vow "in sickness or in health".

As a befriender who visits seniors in an old folks' home, I know that the easy way out is to send an ageing person in ill health to a nursing or old folks' home.

I commend Mr Wong for his enthusiasm and commitment, and congratulate him for receiving the Singapore Patient Action Award for helping to co-create positive patient experiences through the Colon Cancer Patient Support Group at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Soh Swee Kiat

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2016, with the headline 'Role model of selfless love and commitment'. Subscribe