Saving Song Pengfei Project was supported by worldwide responses to the report published by New York Times Journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal. The Phelex Foundation was asked by donors to serve as custodian for his medication purchase and help needed.
Health System in China fails as AIDS Enters
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
New York Times
BEIJING -- Song Pengfei passes his days in a spare 12- by 12-foot room moving from a bed with a red- checked blanket, to a chair, to a donated computer. His parents, their lives crammed into the adjacent sitting room, spend their days worrying. (click for complete story)
A Visit to Song Pengfei
Reported by Professor Chris Rzonca General Studies Program
New York University
(June 22, 1999)
On May 24, 1999, a group of fifteen students and faculty from New York University's General Studies Program visited Song Pengfei and his Mom and Dad in Beijing.
Inspired by Elizabeth "Libby" Rosenthal's March 10th article about Pengfei's plight, students, faculty and administration responded with donations of money, books, cards and letters. Since a trip to China was already planned as part of a course on Chinese Buddhism, it seemed appropriate that we deliver these things in person.
It was a great honor to meet Song Pengfei. The students-- many of whom spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese--were able to talk with him and his parents at length about how his life had changed as a result of his accident and subsequent infection with HIV. It was clear that he missed a "normal" life-- things like spending time with his friends and going to school. Perhaps having a chance to speak to young people, although from very different backgrounds, cheered him up.
He also expressed an interest in hearing from an AIDS survivor he had heard about, the basketball player Magic Johnson. (We're working on it!)
Our group was struck by the courage, self-confidence and quiet acceptance of fate exhibited by this young man.
After his father made an emotional thank you speech, we left knowing that although Pengfei would return to a life circumscribed by his misfortune, he would also know that some people in New York were concerned about him.
We were glad to be able to help, knowing that our donations to the Phelex Foundation would help him with the drugs that keep him healthy.
Special thanks to Elisabeth Rosenthal, Rebecca Yan and the Phelex Foundation for making this meeting possible.
The Phelex Foundation has started to receive donations to Saving Song Pengfei Fund since March 21, 1999. Donations of any amount are welcome. (Click for the complete donor list)
All the donations will be used solely on purchasing AIDS medicines that Song Pengfei needs and for his treatment. The progress of Song Pengfei's treatment is posted here as soon as it becomes available.
Report on Medicine Purchase (May 19, 1999)
The Phelex Foundation has started to receive donations to Saving Song Pengfei Fund since March 21, 1999.
The Vanguard Foundation & Ray Lifchez Fund (CA)
The Kasumisou Foundation (CA)
Sean D. McCollum & Charles R. Doersch (CO)
Peter H. Grossman (NY)
Mr. & Mrs. Arnord Abrams (NY)
Brian E. Crowley (NY)
Robert M. Waite (NJ)
Ethan Scheiner (Japan)
Melanie Hurley (Japan)
Shawn Bender (Japan)
Nobuko Kawagoe (Japan)
Chieko Kato (Japan)
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas P. Arcuri (NJ)
Paola Clemente La Brum (CT)
Anne L. Irwin(MA)
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Seals, Jr. (NJ)
Cheng Kai Yang (NY)
Michael B. Shenefelt (NY)
Anthony F. Kreft (PA)
General Studies Program at New York University (NY)
Christopher Rzonca (NY)
Amy Ka Yee Yip (Japan)
Constance Gladhill (MI)
ABN AMRO Bank ---Hong Kong (Holland)
Allen &Jennifer Smith (NJ)
Patrick E Devine (NJ)
Rosario V. Sanchez
Arthur J. McNiff (NY)
Ashok Chabria (NJ)
Carrie Chang (CA)
Mindy Tan (Japan)
B-kee Tan (Japan)
Kimiko Tamaka (Japan)
Louella & Michael de Sa (NY)
Dr. Seitzman (NY)
Bank of America