Ricardo Ace Gaelan Bolo Jr. II, a senior high school student, was blessed when his mother attended his graduation despite her battle against ovarian cancer.
Ricardo is a graduate of Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) Strand, specializing in Tourism and Hospital Section.
His mother was admitted to the hospital due to her critical condition, months before his graduation. He never failed to encourage his mother and fought alongside her, telling her to not give up and reminding her that she is strong enough to walk up the stage on his graduation.
When Ricardo’s mother lost all of his hair due to treatment last March, he shaved his head as a symbol of solidarity with her.
“I shaved my head so that she won’t feel alone,” he said. “She feels insecure and ugly, she would never leave the house without a hat to cover her head with. At least now, she would feel less alone.”
At the University of Santo Thomas (UST) in Manila, Ricardo’s mother proudly joined him on stage placing a medal around his neck as promised.
Ovarian cancer often has warning signs, but the earliest symptoms are vague and easy to dismiss. Twenty percent of ovarian cancers are detected at an early stage.
With additional reports: Dailypedia, Coconuts Manila