Elsa Jose from Cavite and Jocelyn Monacar from Quezon City, took all chances at winning their daughter’s fight against cancer. On May 10, the enormity of the love of mothers like Jose and Monacar was celebrated through a tribute held during the triple celebration of Tzu Chi Foundation at the Marikina Sports Park. And their daughters were there to give testimonies.
Onstage, local officials also took part in the ceremony. By washing the feet of some of the elderly participants to the event, the officials demonstrated humility to the people they serve.
Two mothers suffered a great deal of pain when their daughters, who are under Tzu Chi’s long-term assistance program, were diagnosed of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). They endure two-fold the pain than their daughters go through from every injection, blood transfusion, and chemotherapy.
These two mothers, Elsa Jose from Cavite and Jocelyn Monacar from Quezon City, took all chances at winning their daughter’s fight against cancer. They went to different foundations to seek help, shed many tears, and prayed to all saints for their daughters.
A mother’s love is like that. It knows no bounds.
On May 10, the enormity of the love of mothers like Jose and Monacar was celebrated through a tribute held during the triple celebration of Tzu Chi Foundation at the MarikinaSportsPark. And their daughters were there to give testimonies.
Elsa’s daughter, 17-year-old Jocelyn, gave the biggest good news to her mom when she had been declared free of cancer in February this year. She fought seven years of her life against the disease together with her family.
“In 2010, I was diagnosed of Leukemia at 10 years old. It was difficult for me but because of the love and support of my family, especially my mom, I fought with my illness. My mother went to different foundations to ask for help. Mama, thank you for everything, for your love and care and all your sacrifices for me and my sister,” says Jocelyn, her words echoing with sincerity and touching the hearts of the listening audience.
“Our parents love; we can never match it with anything except by giving them our love and respect. On my part, my only gift to her is to be well,” she adds in her sharing.
Meeting them at a hospital in 2010, Tzu Chi Foundation offered to cover the expenses for the chemotherapy sessions of Jocelyn. Now with new self-esteem and healthier physique, Jocelyn will enter college and take up accountancy through Tzu Chi’s scholarship.
On this day, Jocelyn washes the feet of her mother for the first time and she is filled with gratitude for the experience. “Thank you to Tzu Chi because I was able to wash the feet of Mama. This way, at least I was able to repay the love of my mother, for all her sacrifices for me,” says Jocelyn in an interview.
Her mother Elsa, on the other hand, says: “She endured all kinds of hardship and the pains she felt, I endured it twofold because I am her mother. So I am very happy learning that she is now a survivor (of cancer). She survived all of the difficulties that she experienced during her medication.”
“Thank you to Master Cheng Yen because if I hadn’t known Tzu Chi, I wouldn’t have been able to support the medical needs of my daughter,” she adds.
The same gratitude is offered by 39-year-old mother Monacar, who is moved by the message of her daughter, Lakesha Mae, who was born with the same illness as Jose.
“I am really surprised and thankful for what she said because I felt loved and valued by my children. As a mother, I would do everything for them,” says Monacar.
In her message, nine-year-old Lakesha says: “Thank you for taking care of me and I know now that you have many calluses in your feet. Thank you for taking care of me and my siblings even though we are not always obedient. Thank you very much, Mama. I love you.”
Her hug to her mother melts many hearts and ushered the entrance of 300 children at the formation ground carrying basins, towels, and bottled water to do the simultaneous washing-of-the-feet ceremony. They also gave their mothers a red rose and a cup of tea.
Onstage, local officials such as Mayor Del de Guzman and Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz, Mayor Jose Rafael Diaz and Vice Mayor Cristina Diaz of San Mateo, RizalProvince, and Mayor Emilia Lourdes Poblete of Silang, Cavite also took part in the ceremony. By washing the feet of some of the elderly participants to the event, the officials demonstrated humility to the people they serve.