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Hou-chan One Million

by on Jul.02, 2009, under Storage

Hou-chan One Million

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I’m a big believer in if you throw enough money at a problem you can make it go away. Now usually that’s not the case, but in this case I’m right. Looky. Dear Fellow APJ Employees, I am writing to…

I’m a big believer in if you throw enough money at a problem you can make it go away.

Now usually that’s not the case, but in this case I’m right. Looky.

Dear Fellow APJ Employees,

I am writing to make you aware of a support group that has been established to help raise funds for the life-saving surgery of Houku Katagiri (Hou-chan), the 2-year old son of Katagiri-san, a fellow EMC employee in Japan.

Late last year, Hou-chan was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy which is an incurable heart disease that takes the lives of 50 percent of those afflicted within one year.   Heart transplants for children are not permitted in Japan, where by law organ donors must be at least 15 years old.  Hou-chan’s condition is deteriorating and he is currently hospitalized at Kyorin University Hospital. He needs a transplant operation as soon as possible.

His surgery can be performed at Loma Linda University hospital located in the United States, however, the estimated medical costs for Hou-chan’s heart transplant and recovery are USD 1 million. Japanese medical plans do not cover the costs for Hou-chan’s heart transplant surgery, and no governmental support is available.

Katagiri-san’s colleagues and friends in Japan have established a fund named Hou-chan wo Sukuu-kai to help raise the required funds. Below is more information on how to make a voluntary donation and attached is a flyer with more details on Hou-chan’s condition and donation details.

On behalf of all EMC Employees in APJ, I want to extend our heartfelt support to Katagiri-san’s son and his family during this difficult time.

So I read this and it was poor kid I wish him the best of luck, here’s some cash. And then something amazing happened I spotted on Twitter that they’ve already made nearly 75% of the goal.


Now, I’m not going to shake the hat under your nose and ask for money. Times are tough for everyone and nothing turns me off like trying to get into or out of a shop in town only to be accosted by some Charity Mugger who have set themself up on the footpath right outside the front door.

But here’s Hou-chan, three quarters of the way towards getting a lifesaving heart transplant.

And he takes PayPal.

Option 1: Donate through bank transfer – recommended for group/collective donations

You can directly transfer payment to the Hou-chan’s bank account.  Please note that Hou-Chan’s account is charged approximately USD 15.00 per transfer so ideally individuals can combine their donations and remit in groups to reduce the banking fees for every overseas remittance and normal banking transfer fees. 

Bank Account of “Hou-chan wo Sukuu-kai”
    Bank Name:                    Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Banking Corporation
    Branch Name & No:           Mitaka Branch (#222)
    Account No:                    0046571
    Account Name:                HOUCHIYANOSUKUUKAI

Option 2: Donate through “PayPal”

You can also use “PayPal”, an on-line service for transferring money safely and easily.
Please note the transfer fees from overseas before calculating your donation:  3.9% + $0.3 per transfer

PayPal URL:

How to Use Pay-Pay
1. Create your own “Personal Account” on Pay-Pal.
2. Please transfer your donation to

How many two year olds do you know take PayPal?

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