By Chelsea Karnash of CBS Philly
[Source Link: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/01/29/philadelphia-salon-hosting-fundraiser-for-indonesian-child-with-rare-cancer/]
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A little boy is fighting for his life, and one local salon is trying to help.
Pieter, a two-year-old from Indonesia, is battling a rare form of eye
cancer called bilateral sporadic retinoblastoma. The cancer already
caused him to lose his left eye shortly after birth; now, the disease
has reappeared in his right eye.
Luckily for Pieter, his parents were able to bring him to the United
States to undergo treatment at Philadelphia’s Wills Eye Institute.
Unfortunately, they had to sell their home in Indonesia and use most of
their to pay for that treatment – over $50,000, with almost $25,000 more still needed to finish Pieter’s treatment.
That’s where Laurentius Purnama, owner of Philadelphia’s well-known
Laurentius Salon and a native of Indonesia himself, comes in.
Purnama, who met Pieter and his family at the Church St. Thomas Aquinas
in South Philadelphia where his son, Jude, goes to Sunday School, was
touched by the family’s story and decided he wanted to host an event to
help the boy’s treatment.
On Sunday, February 9th, Laurentius Salon will be donating the entire
day’s proceeds to Pieter’s family so that they can continue his
treatment here in Philadelphia. Customers can make an appointment for
any service – cut, color, blowouts, manicures and pedicures – and the
cost will go towards Pieter’s battle with cancer.
Additionally, Laurentius will host a silent auction for several mint
condition designer handbags, including a Louis Vuitton Mary Kate bag and
an Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa bag, as well as other great prizes.
For those unable to attend the one-day fundraiser, Laurentius has also set up a kickstarter fund for Pieter and his family.
“No donation is too small, and each and every donation adds one more ray of hope for Pieter,” the page says.
So far, online donors have contributed nearly $13,000, but more is
still necessary to ensure Pieter is able to continue receiving
“If it’s determined on February 5th that Pieter needs additional
treatment, or if another retinoblastoma appears,” Purnama writes,
“Pieter’s family has no more options.”
To donate to Pieter’s cause online, visit: www.gofundme.com/6c11os. Or, to make an appointment for the Feb. 9th fundraiser at Laurentius Salon, visit: http://laurentiussalon.com/contact-us.