Mon, Feb 07, 2011
Tan Howe Liang receives help from mystery donor

SINGAPORE'S first-ever Olympic medallist Tan Howe Liang has received an undisclosed sum of money from a mystery donor to help him out with medical expenses for his wife's cancer treatment.

The donation was made via the Singapore National Olympic Council and would aid the former national weightlifter and his family, who have spent as much as $100,000 on medical fees, Channel News Asia (CNA) said on Saturday.

News of his wife's condition was first reported in December last year by Mediacorp, who said that the 66-year-old had undergone surgery and treatment for breast cancer.

The 77-year-old Mr Tan said in an interview that he was grateful to the anonymous donor who had stepped forward, and that his wife's cancer was now under control.

Though the amount he received was not revealed, the Singapore National Olympic Council said in the CNA story that it was "sufficient to meet his needs."

With regards to his wife's recurring medical expenses for the next three to five years, Mr Tan told Shin Min Daily that he would be able to cope with help from his children and siblings, together with his own salary.

The Chinese evening paper understands that Mr Tan is currently working at the Singapore Sports Council as a gym supervisor, with a monthly income of around $1,000. On top of that, he also receives $390 a month for his past contributions to Singapore's Olympic efforts.

Mr Tan won the silver medal in the weightlifting event at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.



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