Wu grew up in the impoverished village of Shaba, Guizhou Province. Diagnosed with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), a rare premature aging disease that leads to patients’ death at an average age of 14, she was admitted to a hospital last October for multiple complications related to the condition. Many people donated money for Wu’s treatment through the 9958 Rescue Center, a charitable project managed by CCAFC.
Wu’s hospitalization, publicized by CCAFC, led to a substantial number of donations from individuals and organizations. Per the Beijing News (in Chinese), Guizhou Forerunner College, a vocational school that Wu had attended before her hospitalization, raised over 60,000 yuan ($8,750) for her.