12-Year-Old Insists on Finishing Math Assignments Right Until Her Deathbed, Wins Top Award

Cherrii Lim’s days were numbered.

Suffering from acute leukemia, the 12-year-old’s body was wasting away as the days passed.

6 months on, she succumbed to the disease – but not before getting one last hurrah in.

A math wiz, Cherrii insisted even on her sickbed that she had to finish her online assessments.

Those tough questions were designed to challenge the mind by her school, Punggol Primary, in a tie-up with creative education centre, Koobits.

Students were supposed to complete and submit a series of questions every day as part of self-learning.

And right till the day she died, Cherrii kept at it, finishing up and submitting her last assignment just 7 hours before she passed away.

Math was her pillar of support.

What delighted Cherrii just before she departed was the knowledge that out of 8000 Primary 6 students, she emerged as Math Champion.

The award was personally handed to her at KK Women and Children’s Hospital by a Koobits representative – one last hurrah, for a young lady who had more tenacity and fighting spirit than her tender age betrayed.





  1. Anonymous

    October 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

    My heartfelt for the family for I too loss my daughter 1 month ago

    • Quek

      October 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Yes its hard for parent.. I lost my elder son 9 months ago, still hurts and hard to get on life

  2. kc tan

    October 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Sorry to hear. Shows how short life is and to focus on family instead of career.

  3. Sharon

    October 15, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Yes, life is unpredictable. Not everything can wait. Treasure ours everyday and live with not regret. For those who had lost yours loved one, be strong. They are watching over us somewhere, they are always with us.

  4. LAK

    October 15, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Heart felt condolences to cherii’s family. Happened to us 3 months back. Cherri or our daughter were not lost, but their residence is changed. Their soul is imperishable and they are now doing more precious things compared to what they did on earth.

    Please gain confidence and move ahead.

  5. sophosanthropos

    October 15, 2015 at 11:20 am

    It’s not about how long or short our life is; it’s about what goes on between the two dates on our epitaph. What constitute the dash between our birthdate and death date? She lived a full life and she fought hard…and that last bit of winning was her final gift to those who knew and loved her, especially her loved ones!

  6. Wei Lin

    October 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

    That why more people should be a registered donor with the bone marrow programme.. give them a second chance to fight

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