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12) An Extraordinary Doctor


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In National Cancer Center, Singapore, if you chanced into seeing a doctor moving around with a wheelchair, he is Dr William Tan, a medical doctor and a neuroscientist.  To many, he is not only a diligent doctor but also one of Singapore Heroes.

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Dr William Tan contracted polio at the age of 2 and was paralyzed from the waist down. Life was not easy for him, as his father was the only breadwinner in the family.  Despite the odds, Dr William works all way out towards his dreams and challenges. 

He is a wheelchair athlete and was the first person in the world to finish a wheelchair push in the Antarctica in April 2007.  Same year on 19 December, Dr. William achieved another world record by becoming the fastest person in the world to complete 7 marathons across 7 continents in 27 days. This amazing race took him across countries like Antarctica, Chile, Egypt, Thailand, Japan, Kenya, Italy, England, New Zealand, and USA.  Apart from all these achievements, Dr William has raise millions of funds for charity locally and internationally.

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Dr William has been diagnosed with end-stage leukaemia in 2009.  But with his passion in life, the bone marrow transplant operation is already a success in his mind.  The disease is just another mountain to climb and conquer.

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Being a sportsman, a medical doctor, a scientist and an inspirer, Dr William Tan has turned adversity to advantage.  He said, “I don’t have the use of my legs but I shall make the best of my brain and my arms that are not paralyzed.”  By reading so much good Dr William has done, I salute him and say “We can’t hold a candle to you, Dr William, thanks for all you have done for the community!”

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Author: Sydney Fong

Hi, I am Sydney, a Singaporean. Making a living as an Architectural Illustrator, 3d product designer and visionary. My blog entails categories of my interest, joy, upheaval of life and its destiny. Every post has its own characteristic. It conveys a story of its own, and the life of its owner.

18 thoughts on “12) An Extraordinary Doctor

  1. Hello Sydney,
    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story. I think anyone can do anything if they put their minds to it. I will certainly come back and read more.

  2. an inspiring man. thank you for sharing his story!

  3. I hope he finds a cure, and as optimistic as he is, I don’t doubt he will. For me? I hope to achieve 1/8 of his self-mastery at some point…

  4. He sounds an amazing man. I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I love the blogs – all so very informative

  5. Amazing! Dr. Tan can be an inspiration to each and every people on how to live a useful life.

  6. Sydney–What an inspiring story! Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Wow – what an amazing story. Thanks for dropping by my place and leading me back here! I’m glad I came. I’ll be back!

  8. What an inspirational story! I had no idea, but he’s a great role model would be used to encourage others… Thanks for posting! :D

  9. very nice – I enjoyed: highly inspiring

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