Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.ap has returned to the Philippines to provide a way for Filipino children to avoid suffering the same visual impairment he endured when he was younger.
The Filipino member of the renowned Grammy-award winning hip hop group through the Apldeap Foundation donated another retinal imaging camera (RetCam) – the second time he brought the medical equipment to a provincial hospital after donating one to Davao in 2016 as part of his Campaign for Filipino Children.
On February 19, the 2018 GNP Top Inspirational Story lister turned over the RetCam and a Laser System to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Apl.de.ap says the camera is used to help detect Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a condition that leaves infants blind. The Filipino musician writes: “As part of the Apl of My Eye campaign, it had been a goal of mine to bring forth modern day technology to help prevent people from suffering the same visual impairments that I have.”
Apl.de.ap also writes of why he is donating the RetCam to provincial hospitals:
“Maybe one day, a kid from Sapang Bato won’t have to go through the same challenges I did. Thank you for every one of my sponsors who will help make this possible.”
Apl.de.ap was honored by the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for his work on preventing blindness and promoting eye care for Filipino children.
Apl.de.ap, also known as Allan Pineda Lindo, has an eye condition called nystagmus and is legally blind. Raised by an impoverished single mother in Angeles, Pampanga, he struggled with visual impairment throughout his childhood until he was sponsored and brought to America.
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