Lydia de Vega Dies After Battle With Cancer

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Lydia de Vega died at the age of 57.

LYDIA DE VEGA — The Filipina sprinter died on Wednesday after her battle with Stage 4 breast cancer. She was 57.

Lydia de Vega
Photo source: Steph Mercado de Koenigswarter / Facebook

Lydia’s passing was announced by her daughter, former volleyball player Stephanie Mercado de Koenigswarter, through her social media post.

Stephanie said that her mother died at the Makati Medical Center on Wednesday evening. According to her, her mother “fought the very good fight and is now at peace”.

Wake details will be announced very soon but for now, I would wholeheartedly appreciate your prayers for the soul of my mother,” she wrote in the caption of her social media post.

To recall, Lydia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.

It was last month when Stephanie revealed that her mother was in in critical condition due to Stage 4 breast cancer. At that time, she said that her mother’s condition was “quickly worsening” even though she had undergone a series of operations.

READ ALSO: PCSO Gives Financial Assistance To Lydia de Vega’s Family

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. ordered the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to extend assistance for Lydia’s treatment. Filipino Olympian and pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena also pledged to give his reward from PSC to Lydia’s family.

Earlier this month, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gave financial assistance to Lydia’s family.

We are giving but definitely it’s a far cry from what they need. We’re also appealing to others to join us in helping the family. It is a fact, siya yung kayamanan ng ating bayan,” PCSO General Manager Melquiades Mel” Robles said at that time.

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