Cancer survivor Zaki bin Yahya is on a mission to cycle thousands of kilometres from Kuching, Malaysia to Brunei and Sabah as a show of support for cancer patients and survivors under his campaign ‘Ziarah Sahabat Kanser 1 Borneo’.
The Malaysian cyclist arrived at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) yesterday for a meet and greet session with 10 cancer survivors’ representatives and four cancer patients who are receiving treatment.
High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah, and spouse Datin Roslina binti Ismail were present for the event hosted jointly by the High Commission of Malaysia in Brunei Darussalam together with PJSC.
Zaki on sharing his journey in his fight against cancer with the audience, said he was diagnosed with stage 4 of nasopharyngeal cancer in 2017 and was two years to live without treatment.
He underwent 35 chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions until he lost 48 kilogrammes, from losing appetite and to the point where he became paralysed losing the ability to take care of himself for almost a year.
Zaki said that even though he lost everything, he didn’t lose his family and this made him more thankful as Allah the Almighty has blessed him with sustenance.
He lives by the motto ‘Cancer Without Borders’ and advised cancer patients to stay positive and to not give up.