Using the twitter hashtag #Give4Ezra, Kenyans are taking the dire situation of a university of Nairobi sophomore suffering from cancer in their own hands. At the end of this story are the details. Join the community of ordinary people helping overcome extraordinary challenges.
Here is the [abridged] story of Ezra Momanyi:
When Ezra was in his second year, his studies were suddenly halted due to persistent ailment. This started with a swelling on the left nostril after an academic field tour to Magadi in early 2014. This swelling was followed by occasional headaches, persistent nose blockage and nose-bleeding. Ezra was later diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (a cancerous growth at the upper part of the throat behind the nose). The cancer was at its third stage.
His doctors immediately advised for 4 (four) sessions of chemotherapy and 30 (thirty) sessions of radiotherapy. In late 2014 Ezra deferred his studies and went for radiotherapy until early 2015. At one time, the radiotherapy machines broke down further delaying his treatment. His sessions could occasionally stall due to inadequate blood, not to mention the unexplainable pain that the therapies inflicted on his young fragile body. His hair dropped off one by one, his hearing ebbed away, his skin darkened; he was weakened, lost appetite among a plethora of side effects. His brother Edwin has had to take a break from his studies to take care of his ailing brother.
But through the help of students who donated blood, prayers, together with friends and family members who took care of him and provided specialized dietary needs, Ezra successfully managed to complete his chemo and radiotherapy sessions. The therapies and a new diet that Ezra adopted caused the tumor to shrink and all seemed well. All were optimistic of recovery. Ezra regained his hearing, the headaches were gone and the nose bleeding stopped. The doctors gave him a period to rest as he awaited a final test to prove whether the cancer cells had been eradicated. He planned to get back to campus to complete his 3rd year in September of 2015.
However, in May 2015, another tumor started growing below the left eye causing much damage to his facial bones and the left eye. A biopsy done in June 2015 at Kenyatta National Hospital revealed he had developed lymphoma cancer. He was then scheduled for another round of chemotherapy immediately after the wound that developed due to the previous tumor on the face healed, and after his immune system improved. He was discharged and his doctors, meanwhile directed that he visits a clinic for dressing of the wound on his face.
Due to the location of the new tumor, chemotherapy would be very harmful to Ezra; the family argued and hence sought for alternative specialized treatment to deal with the tumors.
It is August 2015. Ezra lies in bed, writhing in pain caused by tumors, too weak to walk, he cannot talk like you and I. But he is hanging to dear life; with a spirit of faith, hope and the courage of a soldier. The area around his left eye is presently swollen (Badly swollen) and yet the tumor keeps growing. His left eye is completely blocked and he is experiencing severe memory loss. Ezra cannot walk by his own and can scarcely speak.
Now is the time to listen to what Ezra is not saying. Now is the time to #Give4Ezra by supporting him financially. The fountain of love never dries. We, Yes you and me are his family nowâ€¦
What is urgently needed at the moment is more financial aid for a private doctor and above all, your prayers.
We have an initial budget of KShs. 1,000,000 that will cater for his medical expenses and upkeep as he undergoes treatment (At least for now).
The account details to Give4Ezra are as below:
KCB Moi Avenue Branch: 1172979294
KCB Pay Bill: 522522
To give, take your phone
Go to Mpesa
Go to Lipa na Mpesa
Go to PAYBILL
Enter business number as 52 25 22 (without the spaces)
Enter account number as 11 72 97 92 94 (without the spaces)
Enter the amount ( Give your 30bob, or 50bob, your 10,000â€¦ or whatever amount)
Enter your pin
The money goes to Ezraâ€™s collection account at KCB, Moi Avenue Branch. Be blessed more abundantly as you give.
In case of need for further clarification, contact the following:
1. Pr. Dan Abuya: 0715002908
Chaplain: University of Nairobi Seventh Day Adventist Church
2. Benson Nyanoti: 0719793004
Here is the official website for #Give4Ezra. Follow the updates on twitter using hashtag #Give4Ezra.