“I wish to be a journalist”
Jameen Chong is a 18-year-old who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia three years ago. At age 15, an unfortunate stroke struck Jameen following her chemotherapy in Oct 2014, leaving her wheelchair bound, uncommunicative and fully dependent for all activities of daily living.
Prior to her illness, Jameen was a hardworking Sec 3 student who is analytical, well-read and loves watching the news. She spent a lot of time journaling and aspired to be a travel journalist, travelling to third world countries, reporting on war-related and natural disaster stories.
In celebration of her 18th birthday, Jameen and her family were treated to an exclusive tour of Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) Print Centre in Jurong Port Road. The tour covered key steps in the printing process including the creation of printing plates, ink transfer from plate to paper, and sorting of printed newspapers into bundles for delivery to news agents islandwide.
At the surprise party, Jameen’s mother and younger sister were very touched when they saw her showered with gifts such as the customised The New Paper polo shirt embroidered with her name, plush toys and a birthday cake from Make-A-Wish.
To make Jameen’s wish come true, The New Paper also put together a column based on interviews with Jameen’s mother and presented the framed news column as a gift to the birthday girl.
Jameen's wish story was also widely covered on both SPH print and online media outlets such as The Straits Times, The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao and Shin Min.