Justin and his mom Celi
Justin and his mom Celi

The Philippine-American Community Center (PACCM) announced it will launch a fund-raising drive for the benefit of young Justin Talaban, who was diagnosed recently to have been suffering from acute leukemia.

New PACCM Chairperson Becky Tungol said the fund drive will be launched at 3-6 p.m. on March 3, 2012 in the PACCM building in Southfield. A spaghetti dinner will kick off the campaign.

Tungol said that a $10 entrance fee will be collected from each of the PACCM friends, supporters and kind hearts joining the launching event.

Justin, a son of couple Richard and Celi Talaban, is now confined at the Children’s Hospital of the Detroit Medical Center, where he is undergoing chemo therapy.

Richard is a professional photographer, while Celi is a nurse. The couple has two other children. Justin, the eldest of the Talaban children, is 15 years old and a ninth grader. It was learned that he is uninsured.

The discovery of the dreaded disease has shocked the family as it was unexpected. Justin has not shown any symptom of leukemia, also known as cancer of the blood.

The disease was discovered after he had a sore throat. When he took a blood test, it was found out that he has a very high number of white blood cells.