15-year-old begs for GHC17,000 to undergo radiotherapy at Korle Bu

Richmond Amoako is appealing to Ghanaians to support him with GHC17,000 to treat his throat and neck cancer at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

A 15-year-old junior high school student is appealing to the general public to help him raise GHC17, 232 to undergo radiotherapy for cancer of the throat and neck.

Richmond Amoako from Ho in the Volta Region was diagnosed with cancer of the throat (nasopharyngeal) at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra on 6 August 2020.

Amoako’s mother, Peace Asimenu, said the family is incapable of raising the large sum to cover the radiotherapy, hence her appeal to well-meaning Ghanaians to come to their aid. She added that until then they will continue to resort to herbal alternatives and God’s intervention.

“I first sent him to my village for interventions but there was no positive outcome, so I quickly returned to Ho. Then I decided to send him to prayer camps and churches for God’s intervention.

“I first of all sent him to a prayer camp at Matse [a suburb of Ho] for four months fasting and prayers. We then moved to Kpetoe for one month. I also sent him to a pastor in Accra where we spent about one and a half months,” the mother, who sells sugarcane at Ho Central Market, told Asaase News.

The single mother of three children is also calling on the government to assist them as her son’s situation deteriorates.

“One of my sons got admission at Kumasi [KNUST] but due to his [Richmond’s] condition, the brother was not able to go to the school, he is in the house with me. I’m a sugarcane seller so he is helping me to sell the sugar cane and that is what we survive on.

“I’ve already buried three of my sons, and this one too will die? Please help me, I’m begging the entire nation to help me,” Asimenu said.

Touching on his condition, Amoako said he finds it difficult to breathe.

“I can’t breathe well. I cannot swallow, and I’m always feeling pains. Sometimes if I take a painkiller it hurts me more before I get some relief. I can’t even chew on one side of my tooth. I can’t turn my neck,” he said.


Amoako said he is already being stigmatised at school.

“When I go to school, I feel ashamed because of how they have been talking about me. It got to a point I told my mother I don’t want to go to school again, because after seeing the sickness, they’ve changed towards me, they don’t want to come close to me again.

“God is the healer, but without the people I can’t get treatment. So I pray to God to touch the heart of the people to help me and I’m sure God will not shame us,” Amoako said with optimism.

Kindly send your donation/s to Richmond’s elder sister Nana Regina Amoako’s MTN mobile money number: 024 029 5001. Or contact the reporter, Albert Kuzor, via to support.

Albert Kuzor

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