Last Monday, a woman was spotted standing on the street in Hangzhou offering to be a human target for arrows, charging 10 yuan per shot. She also had a board with the details of her bank account and online payment numbers. In less than an hour, she was taken away by police. A bizarre stunt, but was it just for fun?
Nope. The woman’s name turned out to be Ji Jianli, and her dangerous fundraiser was a desperate attempt to raise money for her sister, Ji Jiayan, with acute leukemia, NetEase reports. Because of the heavy burden that the medical costs of her treatment was placing on her family, Jiayan had once tried to run away, leaving a note apologizing to her mother for not being able to look after her when she got old, but saying that she was doing what was best for them all.
Ji Jianli’s desperate attempt to raise money for her sister on the street has managed to catch the attention of netizens across the country, with many donating money to help her sister.
Jiayan’s illness has hit the poverty stricken family hard. The cost of treatment is almost 500,000 yuan ($76,000). While the family had previously tried to use the media to gain some attention and raise funds, they failed to garner much notice.
But it seems like Jianli’s stunt has done the trick. Here’s hoping her sister gets the treatment she needs and that people in the future don’t have to go to such extremes to save a family member in need.
Unfortunately, that likely won’t be the case. In recent years, grief stricken parents and grandparents have been forced to resort to cross-dressing, selling sex dolls on the roadside, giving out hugs and dressing as a horse to raise money for the grossly expensive cancer treatment of loved ones.
By Kitty Lai
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