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51 indigent BGHMC patients receive cash donation from Apaches

HEARTWARMING. Baguio Apaches Chief Jonathan Vergara leads his brothers in doling out PHP 2,500 each to 51 indigent patients of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Tuesday. Also in the photo is former chief Edgar Avila, the former youth representative. | PML

Christmas came early for some 51 indigent patients of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center when the Baguio boys club, Apaches, gave funds to help pay for their medical bills Tuesday morning.

Baguio Apaches Chief Jonathan Vergara led at least a dozen of his brothers, including past chiefs, in doling out PHP 2,500 to each of the patients chosen by hospital staff and representatives of the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

“This is our (Apaches’) way of showing we care for our community, especially those who have less,” said Vergara.

At least 20 pediatric patients received cash assistance from the organization founded in 1939 by sons of Baguio pioneers.

Ten of the 11 cancer patients received the cash, with one of them sadly expiring earlier that day.

The last batch of 20 are outpatient pediatric patients.

Tricia Meneses, nursing supervisor of the pediatric department, said it was a fulfilling experience as she became the guide for the Apaches from the Flavier wing, where her department is, to the OPD at the other wing, where the last 20 patients were located.

“We chose them because we believe that they need it, so we decided to give now,” said Vergara. “It’s really heartbreaking seeing the patients but [we’re] happy to be able to help.”

The funds came from the 11th Baguio Apaches Annual Golf Tournament held last April 1 where Vergara pledged to give most to indigent patients. Pigeon Lobien

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