Guo Anchuan has spent the last five years struggling to cover the cost of his 9-year-old daughter’s cancer treatment.
Out of desperation, the 45-year-old Chinese carpenter from Zigong, Sichuan Province, is now offering himself as a “bride” to anyone who can pay for the medical bills of young Guo Yuting.
Yuting was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2013, according to the South China Morning Post.
The disease, which is an aggressive form of blood cancer, causes her bone marrow to produce too many white blood cells.
Anchuan has so far covered eight rounds of Yuting’s chemotherapy worth over 200,000 yuan ($31,000) by borrowing from his relatives.
While the treatment resulted in a tremendous improvement over Yuting’s condition, the young patient suffered a relapse earlier this year.
Anchuan also found it more difficult to find enough money to fund his beloved daughter’s treatment, so he decided to go around the town wearing a white bridal gown and a veil to bring attention to his plight.
“Dignity means nothing to me,” Anchuan was quoted as saying. “I will do anything I can to save my child.”
He explained that wearing the attention-grabbing get-up was intentional, noting that there is nothing he is not willing to do to save his daughter.
“Seeking marriage to save my daughter,” read the poster near him. “I hope someone with kindness can subsidize me to cover the medical cost of my leukemia-stricken daughter. I will spend the rest of my life slogging to repay you.”
While he has so far raised 16,000 yuan ($2,500) in his wedding gown, Yuting’s recent treatment has already cost him 70,000 yuan ($11,000).
His daughter now needs two more stages of treatment, which is expected to cost so much more.
“Doctors told us that she needs a bone-marrow transplant as soon as possible,” Anchuan revealed. “And even if the chemo kills all the cancer cells, another relapse would be fatal.”
Anchuan and his wife have moved into an apartment close to the hospital so they can be with their daughter as much as possible.
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