Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino answered the prayers of many sporting followers by offering monetary help to the legendary Lydia de Vega-Mercado, who’s now racing towards time in her lengthy and brave battle with the dreaded Massive C.
Tolentino stated he’ll donate P100,000 to De Vega-Mercado, who has been struggling in silence since she was recognized with the lethal illness 4 years in the past. She had misplaced appreciable quantity of energy that she used to humble and overtake her rivals within the 80s just like the proverbial wind.
“Sure, I’ll give P100,000 direct to the hospital from my private account,” stated Tolentino.
Hopefully – and prayerfully – extra assistance will come, particularly from big-hearted companies because the one-time Asian dash queen is in essential situation because of Stage 4 breast most cancers issues.
The tall and exquisite Meycauyan, Bulacan runner zoomed into the nation’s consciousness together with her magical run within the century sprint throughout 1982 Asian Video games in New Delhi.
Up towards native heroine P.T. Usha, the then 18-year-old de Vega – she’s fondly referred to as Diay – got here by means of with an electrifying burst of pace to silence virtually 70,000 followers, what together with her lengthy and swish strides. She timed 11.76 seconds in successful the centerpiece occasion.
That win was majestic, in accordance with a long-retired however revered sports activities editor.
She repeated the feat 4 years later in Seoul Asian Video games in a efficiency that ushered her entry amongst sporting greats.
Tolentino got here to the rescue after Stephanie de Koenigswarter, De Vega-Mercado’s daughter, made the decision for assist in a social media submit Wednesday.
It additionally got here a day after the Philippine Sports activities Fee by means of government director and officer-in-charge Atty. Guillermo Iroy, Jr. gave help upon the instruction of at least President Bongbong Marcos himself.
Prayers additionally poured shortly after Stephanie introduced the situation of the long-time observe queen on social media Wednesday.
Stephanie’s former teammates and rivals in volleyball – being a former La Salle star – together with Melissa Gohing, Gretchen Ho, Jem Ferrer, Mika Reyes, and Charo Soriano additionally made rounds to assemble assist.
She additionally competed within the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympics however had no success towards one of the best from the USA.