(RUN FOR A CAUSE. Representatives from various organizations and CDC employees recently participated in “5k Run for Dhel” held at the Clark Parade Grounds. In the photo is Adelina Acla and some of the runners who took part in the event. Photo courtesy of CDC-CD)
CLARK FREEPORT— Over 300 runners from various organizations including employees of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently converged in a running event here to contribute for a worthwhile cause and raise funds for an employee who is undergoing treatment.
CDC – External Affairs Department headed by Assistant Vice President Rommel Narciso with its Corporate Social Responsibility and Placement Division arm and other CDC staff initiated the activity and partnered with Clark Water, Smart Telecommunications and Smoke Events Center Management to organize the running event titled “5k Run for Dhel.”
The said event was created to raise funds for Adelina Acla, a CDC employee who was diagnosed with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST).
Exhausting all her ways for financial support, “Dhel” as she is fondly called by her colleagues, has been in and out of the hospital for 12 years due to GIST and cysts that cause her internal bleeding. Due to her situation, she was required to have a blood transfusion every two weeks which costs around P80,000 per session with the aid of other procedures and equipment.
Through the effort of various partners and organizations including representatives from Pampanga Infinite Runners and Joggers Unlimited, they were able to raise a total of P85,000 collected donations for Dhel during the event.
Meanwhile, Rudy Abular, a member of the Angeles City based Joggers Unlimited and member of the Pampanga Press Club, said that the activity is an event with a meaningful goal.
“Mas gusto naming sinasalihan ang mga run for a cause gaya nito, kasi nakikita namin na may magandang layunin ito na talagang makatulong at may pinupuntahan ang binayad namin,”he said.
Accordingly, with the support of her family, friends, and colleagues, Dhel still remains steadfast despite her situation.
“I am here knocking in your heart to assist me in my journey, I still want to be with my family, I still want to laugh with my friends and colleagues and most especially I still want to live for myself,” she said.
For those who wish to extend their help for Dhel, donations may be sent through bank deposit at BDO Account: Alfonso B. Acla (001311101169) or contact 09195813661 for further inquiries.