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A life for the price of a bowl of noodles

By An Baijie and Xiang Mingchao in Zhengzhou  (China Daily)

13:20, February 02, 2013

Jing Xiaomin serves customers crowding into her husband's noodle restaurant after the owner asked Internet users to dine there to help him pay medical bills. (XIANG MINGCHAO / CHINA DAILY)

The price of sliced noodles in Li Gang's restaurant is 10 yuan ($1.60) per bowl, but many customers would rather pay 100 yuan, or even more.

Li, 42, a resident in Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China's Henan province, was diagnosed early last month with osteosarcoma, a form of primary bone cancer.

The medical treatment costs of at least 200,000 yuan are way beyond his economic means, so Li resorted to the Internet.

In an online post, he asked netizens to have dinner at his small restaurant, and any donations would help pay his medical bills.

"I feel frustrated at getting the disease," he said in the post.

"My family doesn't have much money. Please come to eat in my restaurant so we can earn more money."

In the post, headlined "A father's humble request: Please help me", Li also said he has a 3-year-old daughter.

His post has been forwarded and commented on by thousands expressing their support.

Many have traveled from near and far to his restaurant to eat his sliced noodles.

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