Oh Siew May – 2017 SG Silent Hero

19 September 2017  •  2 mins read

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Ms. Oh Siew May
Hearts of Humanity Category 
(Care & Disabilities) Winner – 2017
Nominated by Ms Nakeisha Tan

Siew May has had cerebral palsy since young. Yet she has not let this hold her back and had defied all odds.

Despite her disability, which affects body movements, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflexes, posture and balance, she decided to enrol in a 6.7km long distance run. She joined a running group catering to people with special needs and trained for weeks. On 1 December 2013, she completed the run.

“It was really hard for me to run, but i did it.”
Siew May reportedly said after the run.

Her book “Scaling Walls” touches on the challenges of coping with Cerebal Palsy, and her journey on how she overcame it. A portion of the sales from her book are being donated to the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore and other charities. Siew May is a walking testimony of what can be achieved despite physical obstacles when you set your mind to it.

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Video of Siew May of how she battles everyday with her defied odds and still overcame marathons and published her own book that touches on the challengers of coping with cerebral palsy.

Ms Oh Siew was nominated for the Hearts of Humanity Category for the SSH Awards 2017.  She was the selected winner and received award from Guest of Honour: Mr Chan Chun Sing – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) at Shangri-La Hotel on  17th September 2017.

As long as we have a life, we can create miracles with our love to others and live life to the fullest”
Ms Oh Siew May

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