A Sunset That Makes a Difference!

Being able to enjoy a sunset can do so much to a person. These photos were taken during the first and last time we watched a sunset together, soaking in the beauty of it all 2-years ago.

In spite of the fact that 2 rounds of trial treatment hadn’t work, Joel was undeterred and did not wallow in sorrow or self-pity with the disappointing outcomes.

Throughout his difficult journey, we witnessed how he found beauty and happiness in the midst of darkness. He told us once, ‘with all the bad, good will come out of it’. This attitude and perspective carried him above every difficult and painful points of the journey.

He bravely battled the cancer and the many rounds of treatment for 15 years and finally passed away in September 2020. His faith in God was unwavering till the end. It was God’s unceasing grace that accompanied him all the way, all the time.

A couple of months before his passing, he drew his memory of our last sunset and we managed to have the drawing printed out as a tote bag. He was so overjoyed, his smile was priceless and we were happy to be able to capture that moment on our phone. It was a liberating moment for him - to realize he can help raise funds for other children with cancer.

With this hope to help others, drawing became his oasis. He kept drawing on his tablet even though he was going through pain and discomfort, as his body was slowly shutting down day by day. Yet his spirit was upbeat. The many tranquil and colourful pictures he made in those last months speak of his restful spirit and we hope this simple gesture of the making the bag would bring a multitude of joy and hope in ways that we may not anticipate.

After his passing, it was natural for us to approach the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF), who had been supporting Joel’s cancer journey all these years. CCF has helped our family practically, mentally and emotionally to weather the countless dark moments and difficult issues. Truly we thank God for the CCF staff.

Every dollar helps. Thank you for supporting Joel’s cause to do his little to help children and their families fighting with cancer. 100% of the gross donations will be donated to CCF.

(For every donation of $30 and above, our family would like to extend a token to you. For us to get in touch, please fill up the form here)

Last but definitely not least, it is our privilege to share a very beautiful eulogy in the image above, written by one of Joel’s beloved doctors♥

Deeply Appreciated,
Joel’s family


 

Messages from donors

Anonymous ($1,500)
In loving memories of Joel and his good cause for CCF!

Hwee Sian ($100)
In loving memory of Joel

Anonymous ($50)
Fight on, jiayou!

Anonymous ($200)
Thank you for sharing Joel's journey with us. He had so much wisdom, maturity, perseverance and grace. So much to learn from Joel. God bless.

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($300)

Anonymous ($50)
Stay strong always. May God bless you.

Anonymous ($200)
Kudos to Joel for being so inspirational to me and many others. His faith and perseverance will spur us on and on🌈

Anonymous ($50)
Be blessed and know you are loved

Anonymous ($20)

Anonymous ($1,000)

Anonymous ($200)
Joel you are indeed a brave warrior. You are finally in God's eternal embrace of joy and peace.

Anonymous ($300)
Rest in peace

Anonymous ($100)
Joel, your exemplary faith encouraged many! You fought a good fight to the very end! So proud of you!

Anonymous ($2,000)
Warmest Wishes

Anonymous ($100)
In loving memory of Joel.

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($300)

Chin Lien ($100)
Dear Joel, Thank you for being brave. Your spirit of love for the other children who are suffering from cancer is amazing.

Anonymous ($300)

Anonymous ($200)
Never give up!

Henry ($50)

Soong Tuck ($5,000)
In loving memory of Joel. Thank you Joel for your bravery and inspiration. We will always remember you. God bless.🙏❤️ The Kan family

Lei Fern ($50)
In Loving Memory of Joel

Annie ($200)

Annie ($100)
Joel, in memory of you!

Anonymous ($100)
Joel, your legend will live on! Praise the Lord!

Anonymous ($200)
Good spirit ..

Leah ($100)
Your love, faith and tenacity is an inspiration Jojo! You will live in our hearts forever.

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($30)
In love memory of a dear friend, your love lives forever. We miss you Joel

Anonymous ($60)
He has never left us as his inspiring tale is here to last.

Anonymous ($100)

Daniela ($100)

Hung Meng ($200)
You are warriors ! God is with you.

Anonymous ($40)
Dear CCF, thank you for all your support to the families like Joel's over the years.

Lim li shan ($33)

Elaine ($20)
You're are stronger and braver than you think you are!

Anonymous ($200)
Keep up the good work!

Dennis ($100)

Eng Yock ($50)
Fighting!!

Anonymous ($200)
May Joel's story bless many more lives! I have been blessed!

Anonymous ($50)

Muan Thoe ($200)
Stay strong 💪💪💪

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($100)
I support Joel's mission. Joel is a courageous and devoted son to his parents and faithful to God till the very end.

Mary Ann Wai Sheng ($200)

Anonymous ($50)
Those we loved don't go away, they're always near, though unseen unheard, still loved still missed very dearly, till we reunite with them. Take care.

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)
Your journey with Joel - I cannot thank you enough for sharing with us. A privilege to have known you, how God has brought you through. God is real!

Anonymous ($300)
Thank you Jo and Marianne for always so kind and full of love.. thank you for always praying for me too. From: Director of wait long long

Anonymous ($100)

Adele ($1,000)
Joel was a remarkable young man and he's leaving a beautiful legacy, Marianne.

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($200)
May Joel's story be a blessing to others for God's Kingdom!

Kwong Khuin ($100)
In memory of Joel who had a brave spirit and demonstrated the strength and attitude that was so encouraging indeed.

Adenine Mei Khiun ($50)
Thank you Marianne for sharing Joel's journey.

Anonymous ($200)
Thank you CCF for the good work and thanks Joel for showing us what strength looks like!

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($100)

Ronald ($50)

Anonymous ($100)
Here is hoping Joel's family stay strong as I had recently lost my dad to cancer too..We remember him in our hearts, their sufferings are over.

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)
In loving memory of Joel

Anonymous ($30)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($2,000)
In loving memory of a strong young man. A brother in Christ whose joy is perfect now.

Elaine ($50)
In memory of Joel Lim

Andy ($1,000)
Jeremy and family, Thank you Joel for being a great strong example for all the kids growing up. His memory will live on

Jonathan ($100)

Anonymous ($100)

Jennifer, Bi Li ($50)
Thanks for being an Angel to others and letting your spirit stays!

Anonymous ($100)

Than Chong ($180)

Anonymous ($50)
Hang on kids!!

Anonymous ($50)
In memory of Joel

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)

Kah wai ($100)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($20)
Let's all do our little part to fund CCF.

Anonymous ($100)
加油!

Wan Teng ($20)
You have inspired me! Stay strong and fighting!

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($20)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($200)

Anonymous ($100)

SOH FEI ($200)

Anonymous ($30)
Fighting!

Bee Pin ($100)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Ann Sheng ($50)

Joven ($30)

Ru Xin ($500)

Anonymous ($50)

Norman ($100)

Anonymous ($30)
Stay strong and keep fighting.

Anissa Hui Ping ($50)
Joel, although your time on earth has been short, it was impactful. I am sure you are now in a better place with angels around you.

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($150)

Anonymous ($20)

Anonymous ($100)
❤️

Anonymous ($50)
Joel's sunshine will continue to shine in those who need, much love.

Anonymous ($30)
Thank you for leaving a legacy behind Joel, you have fought well.

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)
Moved by Joel's courage to show my tiny bit of support to his family.

Anonymous ($100)
Joel will stay in your heart always!

Anonymous ($30)

Linda ($50)

Huiling ($50)
Praying for God's blessing and strength on you and your family!

Alice ($50)
Be comforted that he is resting with God now!

Anonymous ($50)

Valerie ($50)

Anonymous ($30)
❤️

Edon ($50)
Doing our little part to support the CCF community.

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($20)

Anonymous ($200)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($50)
In memory of Joel your spirit lives on...

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)
Joel, you have fought the good fight and finished the race well! May God bless your family till they reunite with you in heaven for eternity!

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($2)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($30)
In loving memory of Joel. Thank you for touching our lives.

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($200)
RIP Joel and my very best wishes to all fighting cancer.

Buena ($100)
Fly high you brave one!

Anonymous ($50)

Li Wen ($50)
Jia you!

Anonymous ($80)
Thank you for this meaningful fundraising project.

Anonymous ($100)
Really touched by Joel's ways, even as he fought his own battles, his heart was full of love. May peace be with you.

Oye Mui ($30)
RIP

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Hui Mei ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Anurax Weijie ($100)

Anonymous ($30)

Anonymous ($30)

Anonymous ($20)
my sincere prayers for all e children

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($20)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($30)

Su chin janice ($50)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($500)

Anonymous ($100)
Stay strong and don't give up.

Chin Foong ($200)
Joel, thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous ($200)

Anonymous ($500)
You should be very proud of your son. Stay strong!

Lay Yong ($50)
Thanks for being such a great encouragement.

Anonymous ($100)
Thanks for the beautiful cause and really love Joel's art work - amazingly talented. Wishing everyone well and stay safe. Happy Lunar New Year

Anonymous ($100)
While Joel has left us, his beautiful soul and kind gesture will always be with us. This great initiative deserves the support of everyone. With love

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)
小朋友 加油💪🏻

Eileen ($120)
You are amazing just the way you are!

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($88)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($30)

Anonymous ($500)

Anonymous ($20)
Thank you for your legacy Joel.

Jason ($50)
Incredibly strong fighter despite his young age. A key motivation for us to live life fully and be of help to others in need. Om

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Kah Kheng ($50)

Anonymous ($200)

Anonymous ($50)
Thank you Joel for being such an inspiration!

Anonymous ($50)
Rest well and take care of yourself Marianne. I don't know you but can imagine what you are going though. From a mother to another.

Anonymous ($40)
Joel is a brave warrior, thank you for being such an inspiration

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($30)
Joel ... a precious child, wonderfully and beautiful made in the image of God. What an honour & privilege to support his cause & treasure his artwork!

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)
Let God be your anchor and comfort

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($200)

Anonymous ($300)
Joel, thank you for touching so many lives, even now those of these children. To God be the glory!

jasmine ($50)

Ing Koon Derick ($50)
Keep the fire burning!!

Anonymous ($30)
life is full of rainbow

Anonymous ($50)
Inspiring... well done.

Swee Seng ($100)

Daniel Tse Chian ($100)

Anonymous ($50)

Kay Hwee ($20)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($50)
please take care

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($50)

Pui Lai ($500)
Stay Strong

Anonymous ($30)

Anonymous ($20)
Please stay strong and good days is coming.

Song Chuen ($50)
Stay strong for your loved ones, and know that many people are thinking of you.

Eu Chin ($50)
Dear Joel, Thank you very much for inspiring us. May you and your family find peace and be blessed always.

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)
Thank you Joel for inspiring others with that strength and positivity!

Anonymous ($50)
加油!

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)
Thank you for the message of love and hope!

Anonymous ($100)
加油! Enjoy life !

Anonymous ($200)
Enjoy Life!

Betty ($200)

Anonymous ($50)
A blessing to many even after Joel have gone Home. Thank you!

Anonymous ($20)

Anonymous ($200)

Anonymous ($30)
It's inspiring to hear that he has a kind heart and even wanted to bring joy to the others

BENG KHEONG ($200)
Be brave and look forward to life as it has its ups and downs but we all live through at different depths and experiences. Pray to god !

Anonymous ($100)
Stay Positive and Remember You Are Always Loved!

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($200)
The world is blessed to have him albeit briefly. Take comfort, he is in a better place free from pain and treatment. Celebrate his memory.

Anonymous ($30)

Wee Ling ($50)

Anonymous ($35)
So many times, people get so caught up with the daily struggles, we forgot to STOP and appreciate the simplest things in life. Good on you Joel, RIP.

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($50)

Eng Hong ($1,000)

Anonymous ($50)

Wee Ming ($100)

Anonymous ($1,000)

Anonymous ($200)
In loving memories of Joel, a student that I once taught . He was an awesome young man despite the challenges that he faced. Till we meet again Joel..

Anonymous ($50)

Ching nam ($35)

John ($100)

YING YAR ($100)

Sharon ($500)

Lu Jin stella ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Galen ($500)

Anonymous ($100)
Fight on!

Justine JING Tyng ($50)

Anonymous ($30)

Anonymous ($50)
Peace and joy for all.

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($200)
Truly inspirational

Anonymous ($20)

Edwin ($50)
Thank you, Joel for your courage and inspiration.

Wei Khia ($100)
May the Lord comfort the family of Joel and heal JE sick children!

Anonymous ($50)

DAH YENN ($99)
HIS SPIRIT LIVES ON!

chee hung ($300)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)
You have fought the tough fight and blessed everyone with your grit, love and light. Rest now, Joel.

Anonymous ($30)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($200)
Journey before destination

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($100)
You fought a good fight Joel, RIP.

Anonymous ($100)
Keep your spirits up, happy new year!

Anonymous ($50)
Hi Joel, you are G.O.A.T. Keep up the good work, CCF!!

Anonymous ($100)
Stay strong and stay brave

Anonymous ($100)
Happy Lunar New Year. Wishing all Good Health in the year of the Ox.

Anonymous ($100)
Best Wishes to all. 新年快乐,万事如意

Anonymous ($100)
May Ox year bring joy and good health to everyone

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)
Don't give up

Anonymous ($20)

Edward ($200)

Jayanthi ($100)
In loving memory of Joel!

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)
Thanks for your hard work

Anonymous ($300)
Thank you for inspiring so many with your courage and faith. RIP Joel.

Anonymous ($100)
Dear Marianne, you are such a strong warrior mom. Thank you for carrying out Joel's legacy. ❤️

Anonymous ($20)

Tze Sien ($100)
You have touched countless of hearts..Your legacy will live on Joel.

Anonymous ($100)

Chloe ($50)
Stay Strong

Anonymous ($100)

JAGAN ($500)
May god provide strength and courage to every brave child battling cancer. Rest in peace Joel.

KAI CHUAN ($100)

Anonymous ($50)
dont give up... keep fighting! Carpe Diem!

Anonymous ($50)
I just hit my big 30 recently. Thank you Joel for reminding me that not every one gets to live 30years. I'm truly blessed that I'm alive (:

Pauline ($100)
Thank you for bringing a new meaning to the simple phrase,"Enjoy Life". May Joel's spirit and tenacity live on for all at CCF and beyond.

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($100)
In love, we hope!

Andras ($300)
Hi Marianne, the pleasure is all mine too. What you're doing is such an encouragement and inspiring &hellip well done! Glad to be a small part of it!

Edward Tong Liang ($500)
In loving memory of Lo Ming and Joel.

Joanna ($300)
大姨 will always support you Joel for your love for others! Miss you and love you always...💓

Shi Qi ($100)

Yuen Peng ($1,000)
In loving memory of Joel ❤️

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($50)
Jiayou!

Anonymous ($30)
In loving memory of Joel, living life to the fullest in God's kingdom.

Shermine ($30)
May all cancer patients be free from pain. My dad had cancer when I was young and it really affected me. Hope to help more cancer children out there🌻

Atiqah ($30)

Anonymous ($500)

Anonymous ($20)

Anonymous ($200)
I admire his strong determination.

Anonymous ($200)

Anonymous ($100)

Anonymous ($30)

Anonymous ($100)

Sin Hui ($30)

Anonymous ($150)

Anonymous ($250)
You will not walk alone. Keep up the spirit.

Anonymous ($50)

Anonymous ($1,000)

Anonymous ($50)
Hope all the children and their families will get to enjoy many happy and fulfilling days together. Stay strong!

Anonymous ($3,000)
It only takes a spark To get a fire going And soon all those around Can warm up in its glowing That's how it is with God's love...thanks Jojo

Anonymous ($3,000)
Jojo....thank you for being our joyful spark and teaching us how to &lsquoEnjoy Life'. Wise beyond your age. ❤️

Anonymous ($50)
Dear all, press on...There will definitely be light at the end of the Tunnel! Love & Hug 🥰

Sok Huang ($100)
Remembering Joel's spirit & smiles, RIP.