Ian Lariba is strongly fighting her batter against leukemia! Lariba, the 22 year old braveheart, who was a part of Rio Olympics, was preparing for the world meet, when she was diagnosed with this disease.
The table tennis fraternity is not far behind is expressing their support for the brave lady. Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin ( No 2 and No 3 respectively in world ranking ) have been a part of video message, sent out for the Olympian, expressing their love and prayers for the lady. “Table Tennis Family stands behind Ian lariba.” – The video ends with this lovely message. Also, the ITTF is supporting Lariba in her fight and using the hashtag #SupportLariba.
Petrissa Solja from Germany (the host country) and Elizabeta Samara from Romania have also sent video messages, which were posted on the International Table Tennis Federation Facebook Account.
Ian Lariba, who qualified for the game in the Rio Olympics is preparing for another set of chemotherapy treatment. She has just had a relapse of Leukemia. Lariba shared through DLSU social media page, that she has undergone chemotherapy after she had severe bouts of vomiting and headache in January. After several tests, Doctors broke the news that leukemia had relapsed. Unfortunately, it has made its way to the spinal cord and brain of the table tennis player.
The #TableTennis family is standing behind Philippines champion Yan Lariba, who has been diagnosed with Leukemia. #SupportLariba ❤️❤️
Posted by International Table Tennis Federation on Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Lariba was experiencing weakness and blurred vision, when she visited her Doctor. Lariba is a lady of great strength and is totally determined to fight back. In her message she said – “I appeal to your kind hearts for any assistance that you can give to help me with my fight against the disease. I also humbly ask for your prayers so I may overcome this challenge,”
In November 2017, just after she was discharged after a successful bone marrow transplant, she was seen in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex table tennis gym.
Any kind of financial help for Lariba can be through BDO Vito Cruz Taft branch savings account number 0045-8045-9965 (Account name: IAN N. LARIBA).