We are very greatful for the outpouring of care and support from the community. Even though your generosity has pushed the total way beyond our initial goal, we will continue to accept donations to help the Ding family.
The family will have a lot of expenses and costs to deal with as they mourn the loss of Derong. They could use all the help we could provide.
Derong Ding was an incredibly smart, resilient and responsible father of two children and a loving husband to his wife, Xiaohong Fan. He was diagnosed with end-stage liver cancer in July, 2018, and was recently hospitalized at the ER at University of Kentucky hospitals on Sunday, August 9th, 2020 after his conditions rapidly deteriorated. After a few days of meticulous care by his wife, doctors had announced that his days were numbered as both his kidney and liver had failed. He passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, August 16th, 2020 at the age of 49 in Lexington, Kentucky. Two days before his passing, he accepted Lord Jesus as his savior and confessed and prayed unto God to lead him to the heavenly rest.
Derong was an extremely hardworking and adamant individual with an immense devotion to both work and his family. Two years ago, he was first diagnosed with cancer, but he never quivered at the thought of death and continued to work hard to support his family while adjusting his lifestyle to balance his treatments and the demanding job of research scientist in pharmaceutical sciences. During these two years, he had gotten up at around 4am every morning to exercise hoping to cure his disease, whether it was freezing cold or pouring rain. When facing his colleagues and friends, Derong had always remained optimistic and incredibly brave, telling people around him that he was doing fine with a smile on his face and never confided the severity of his illness to anyone except his close friends and family fearing that his disease might bring worries and troubles to others around him. Xiaohong, who has been a devout Christian and a loving wife, had supported her husband wholeheartedly and cared for him painstakingly and unconditionally to the last day. After two years of intense struggle against disease and hard work, he finally collapsed due to the uncontrolled conditions.
Due to the medical emergency and hospitalization, and the eventual passing away of the breadwinner of the household, Derong Ding, his family would be overwhelmed by the mounting medical bills, mortgage payments, car loans, other living expenses, as well as imminent funeral costs. Derong’s son just graduated from college and has trouble finding a decent job due to the pandemic and is in constant fear of layoffs. His wife was a stay-home housewife for a long time. His young daughter is only seven years old. We sincerely ask for your kind donations to help the family with thier urgent needs during this very difficult time. All the fund raised will benefit exclusively the Ding family. We also pray that every family stay healthy and safe during this pandemic.