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Cancer-plagued Chinese spouse promotes women's care in Taiwan

2012/07/06 22:50:08

Taipei, July 6 (CNA) Chinese spouse Li Yonghong, who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, set off Friday on an islandwide bicycle tour from Taichung to promote specialized care for immigrant wives and their children.

Li, originally from China's Jiangxi Province, got married to her Taiwanese husband 18 years ago. After being diagnosed with cancer, she said she attempted to kill herself twice because she thought she wouldn't have long to live. More than 20 years ago, her sister died of the same illness just six months after being diagnosed.

But the help and courage Li received from others pushed her to focus on the treatments, which has helped her survive. She said now she hoped to use the power of her rebirth to assist those who need help.

In May, she took the job as the head of "Home in Taiwan," a civil group recently created to provide assistance to immigrant wives in Taiwan.

Li's son, who is a second-grader in junior high school, is joining her on the journey. She said they will urge local governments and the public to put their feet in immigrant spouses' shoes and try to imagine what it's like to have no parents or relatives who can help them in Taiwan.

(By Hao Hsueh-chin and Jamie Wang)