In March 2022, the JC Cares Foundation, in partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation, extended its helping hand to help finance the treatments of Gadiel Caagusan, a child with a unique case of tongue hemangioma that has caused swelling as big as his face, an unfortunate condition that impairs his everyday life as a young boy.
Tongue hemangioma is a rare benign vascular tumor that causes bleeding, difficulty breathing, pain, and difficulty chewing and speaking.
It can be remembered that it was young business magnates and owners of businesses such as toktok, JC Premiere, and Siomai King, Jonathan So and Carlito Macadangdang, who saw Gadiel in the news and later arranged a meeting to help bring back Gadiel’s smile. The president and vice president of JC Company donated to pay for Gadiel’s angiography and embolization surgery through the JC Cares Foundation.
The young businessmen mentioned visiting Gadiel to monitor his healing process. They wish Gadiel a speedy recovery and hope to continue helping other people, especially those who need it the most.
On March 11, the JC foundation extended its helping hands through Catty Santos Manlapig and Kristine Tabua, JC Cares representatives, who turned over the donation to EVP and COO of GMA Kapuso Foundation Rikki O. Escudero-Catibog and ENT Surgeon Dr. Vicente.
So far, Gadiel has gone through three successful sessions of sclerotherapy, which have shown visible results in the reducing size of his tongue. “Sa kaso po ni Gadiel nag-iinject po kami ng gamot sa isang vessel every four weeks and so far, after the first injection may bahagya na po napag-liit ang dilaniya. Naigagalawna din po niya ito ngayon, at wala na din po ang mgapagdurugo (In Gadiel’s case, we inject medicine into a vessel every four weeks and so far, after the first injection, his tongue has slightly shrunk. He can move it now, and the bleeding is gone),” Dr. Gil Vicente, a senior ENT consultant at St. Luke’s Medical Center noted.
According to Gadiel’s parents, he is livelier and has regained his appetite. Gadiel shared that he’s feeling better and now feels less pain. “Ngayon okay na, hindi na katulad ng dati. Hindi na masakit (Now it’s okay, not like before. It doesn’t hurt much anymore),” Gadiel affirmed. “Salamat po sa mga tumulongsa akin. Sana pagpalain kayo ng Diyos (Thank you to those who helped me. May God bless you),” he added.
Given the progress of Gadiel’s treatments, it is expected that he will soon be able to resume the normal life that his condition has temporarily prevented him from enjoying.
JC Cares Foundation is a charity organization founded to help individuals like Gadiel live to the fullest. Their slogan #KeepHelping aims to better the lives of other people. The foundation’s initiative is to provide people with the foundation for a good life.