Upcoming badminton player in fight of his life

Syaiful Rizal (left center) in a photo, handing over RM 5,000 to Irsyad Iskandar (right center), his mother Mastuya Abdul Wahab (right) and Mohamad Ghazali Zainal Abidin (left).

KUCHING: An up-and-coming badminton player who had hoped to join the Malaysian Badminton Academy in the hope of scaling greater heights is now waging the battle of his life.

Diagnosed with Stage Four Lymphoma in September last year, Irsyad Iskandar Sukiman, is now a shadow of his previous self, having undergone at least 12 chemotherapy sessions even as the disease ravages his body.

His mother Mastuyah Abdul Rahman says there has been no sign of any improvement to his condition.

Irsyad Iskandar, 20, badminton athlete.

All there is left is Irsyad’s determination to beat the cancer and get back to the badminton court, she adds.

Irsyad, a student at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has to undergo three cycles of aggressive chemotherapy sessions, according to Bank Rakyat Foundation (YBR) general manager Syaiful Rizal Abdul Ghani who handed over RM5,000 from the foundation to meet the cost of treatment.

Syaiful said YBR had  received an application for assistance from his mother, Mastuyah on May 13.

He hoped the donation will help with the overall treatment cost of about RM150,000.

“I hope that it will ease the burden faced by him and his family,” he said.

According to Irsyad’s mother he was active in badminton ever since he was nine and joined multiple competitions, even representing Sarawak in various tournaments.

But his march towards badminton excellence was cut short when he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

“However, he never gives up and hopes to make a comeback someday once he recovers,” she says.

Also present during the handover was the YBR corporate communication manager, Mohamad Ghazali Zainal Abidin.

If you wish to help Irsyad please contact his mother Mastuyah at 012-6161795 or donate to RHB bank account number at 1612700041570 under the name Mastuyah Abdul Wahab.

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