If you knew you were terminally ill, would you enjoy the rest of your time, or would you be worried and on the verge of collapse? Cai Lei, vice president of JD.COM, resolutely “challenged the impossible” after being diagnosed with ALS, providing the world with a third choice.
According to “Southern Window” Lei was born into an ordinary family in Shangqiu, Henan Province. By working hard, he changed his destiny through knowledge, diligence and extraordinary enthusiasm. He has achieved a double harvest of family and career.
Two years ago, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 41, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. There is no cure for this disease, so far no patient has been successfully cured, and most patients will come to the end of their lives within 3 to 5 years after being diagnosed.
Cai Lei, who was unwilling to face death, was inspired with “crazy” enthusiasm and launched a silent war against death. He worked late, counting the days to connect with the most cutting-edge scientists in the world. He utilized the power of the Internet community, broke down the existing barriers of drug R&D, and connected all available resources in an effort to find new drugs to cure ALS.
Cai Lei’s declaration of war on ALS reminds people of Don Quixote in Cervantes’s works. Unlike Don Quixote, who blindly challenged the windmill, Cai Lei carefully scoped a gateway to defeat ALS.
The establishment of a large database is the key to unlock the ALS disease code. For this reason, he set up an information aggregation platform called “A Home of Mutual Assistance for Recovery “. All ALS patients can upload complete disease information independently to update the medication effects and disease course progress in real-time. The time and cost of new drug research and development can be significantly reduced through this large database, one can imagine its significance.
Cai Lei is not fighting the disease only for himself. It is reported that the occurrence of ALS in European and American countries is 1/100,000-2/100,000. It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of those afflicted with ALS in China. If new ALS drugs are successfully developed, it will give countless people a new chance at life.
“I know I may not be able to cope with the disease. But if you dare to provoke me, I will dare to do it with you. I never admit defeat. I’m such a person. “Cai Lei said.
Birth, old age, illness and death are natural laws that no one can escape, but some dare to face the bleak life, to face the dripping blood, and dare to “shine a sword” to death. They are worthy of being true warriors. No matter what the final result is, such a person is a WINNER. Praise “Don Quixote” for his courage and resourcefulness. Let’s look forward to the good news together.
Source: Qianjiang Evening News Author: Hu Xinhong
More info from “Southern Window”: https://new.qq.com/omn/20210725/20210725A09WXE00.html