OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — COVID-19 has changed everything to large gatherings being highly discouraged making it difficult for organizations to host fundraisers or raise awareness for different causes.
Tim Cullen lives in Georgia and makes pens for cancer patients.
Cullen told FOX13 that he shares the progress and the final product on social media along with the story of that person.
“I highlight this person and the fight that they’re going through," Cullen said. “Every time I do an update on the progress of the pen, I mention what they’re going through.”
Cullen will also post any links to gofundme donation sites and bemymatch.org if someone is looking for a donor.
Cullen’s recent pen is personal. He is making one for a family friend, Eric Wang.
“I’ve known his father for so long," Cullen said. “I remember him when he was a small child.”
Wang lives in Olive Branch, Miss. and has been battling Chronic Myeloid Leukemia since 2015. Wang told FOX13, trying to fight cancer while in a pandemic is very different.
“My wife hasn’t been allowed to some of my appointments," he said. “Everybody’s you can tell on edge whenever I walk into the west cancer center where I get my treatments.”
Right now, Wang is in need of a bone marrow transplant and his body has stopped responding to his current treatment that includes chemotherapy pills.
“One I was doing well with for four years," he said. “The last year and a half, I’ve been on the other four and my body’s response to them has n
ot been good.”
That’s where Cullen comes in.
Cullen found out about Wang’s diagnosis on Facebook. Cullen hopes this pen and getting Wang’s story out will help find a donor.
Cullen makes each pen by hand which typically takes around one week to make. Cullen also personalizes the pens to each patient.
“For Eric, I’m going to do his hockey number with the two hockey sticks crossed over with a puck," Cullen said. “I’ll always engrav
e the word ‘hope’ for each cancer pen. 2:56:14 the clip to look like a cancer ribbon.”
Wang appreciates this support and Cullen hopes every cancer patient knows there is always someone willing to help.
“He’s really gone above and beyond and it’s just been great the support he’s given me,” Wang said.
“I just want to tell them that there are people that care," Cullen said. “That people are there to support them. There are people out there that are willing to do just about anything to help them.”
If you know someone going through a similar battle and want a personalized pen sent to them, you can contact Tim here. You can also go to www.bethematch.org if you want to see if you are a match for a cancer patient or you want to donate.
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