Bowled over by their heart

Bowled over by their heart

Throughout his life, he has suffered setbacks.

Since a tumour was discovered in his brain when he was nine months old, Aaron Chua Ye Long has gone through fits, headaches, breathing problems and stints in hospital.

Yet the pain and discomfort have not deterred the 13-year-old Crest Secondary student from passing his Primary School Leaving Examination, and living a full life.

When the Normal Technical stream student was approached earlier this year to decorate a porcelain bowl, as part of the Hearts On Fire exhibition, Aaron chose the theme "Life has no U-turn".

The exhibition is jointly organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) and Club Rainbow (Singapore), an organisation that supports families of chronically ill children.

Now, his work of art sits alongside 23 others at the museum.

Says Mr Gregory Vijayendran, president of Club Rainbow: "The process of drawing, painting and sculpting allows children and youth valuable reflection on some of the aspects of their life and challenges."

Aaron says he decided to dedicate his bowl to his mother, Madam Lily Ching, 49.

He says: "She has helped me a lot in life, and I am very grateful."

Madam Ching found out about his condition when he started having fits caused by his brain tumour.

Since then, it's been a litany of hospital visits.

When he was in Primary 1, she went with him to school to help him take notes and teach him how to buy food.

Says Madam Ching: "I'm very proud that his bowl is being displayed.

He has always been interested in art and crafts... I'm glad he has this chance to show his talent."

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