“𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐹𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑛𝑜 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑠𝑢𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝐼 𝑠𝑢𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑑; 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑠𝑢𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑙𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐽𝑜𝑠ℎ𝑢𝑎 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ.”
“𝑂𝑟𝑝ℎ𝑎𝑛’𝑠 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑜 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑂𝑟𝑝ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑠. 𝑊𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑖𝑡 𝑟𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑠.”
“𝑁𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑡, 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 [Hong Kong] 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑏𝑖𝑔 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦. 𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟.”
“𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑙𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑠𝑎𝑓𝑒. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑠𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑒𝑛𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑠𝑜 𝑠𝑎𝑓𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑛𝑜 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑.”
Christina Strong is a Greek, raised in Switzerland, who spent over 20 years in HK.
After she lost her teenage son to Melas, a rare genetic disease, she decided to make it her life’s mission to create public awareness about Orphan’s disease. She has also worked hard to muster Government support for diagnostic, treatment and research on this front.
Christina set up Joshua Hellmann Foundation for Orphan’s disease. Recently, the foundation paired up with Mead Johnson Nutrition to launch the Vital Step Program in which 500 qualified parents get subsidy to get their newborn checked at the time of birth for any metabolic birth defects at the Chinese university of HK.