Support needed for health care issues

An international student who moved to Ridgetown with visions of a career in health care suddenly needs help with his own health care.

Stephen Oppong came to town from his native Ghana last year and has been working at the Subway restaurant to support his move and save money for his education.

Oppong is scheduled to begin classes in the nursing program at St. Clair College in Chatham this September.

However, Oppong is facing health issues, which started in December but have since developed into serious conditions, including Pulmonary Embolism, Pneumonia and Hypothyroidism.

He is currently undergoing the diagnostic process of Lung Cancer.

Since he was just getting settled, Oppong did not have health insurance and had to pay for all his medical expenses out of pocket.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support him through the process and alleviate some of the financial burden he is facing in this difficult time.

The goal is $30,000.

Anyone in the local community who would like to assist Oppong in paying for his medical expenses can go online to and type in ‘Stephen Oppong’ in the Search Icon.

The direct link is

Michael Bennett, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News