Yul Kwon donates $50,000 to charity, is now friends with Candice

Survivor Cook Islands winner Yul Kwon says his $1 million prize “is still sitting in a bank account — in a checking account, not even collecting interest. I don’t know what to do with it.”

So, he “decided to give $50,000 of his cash from winning … to the Asian American Donor Program, in the hopes the money will help educate Asian-Americans about the importance of bone marrow donation,” The Examiner reported.

His commitment to that organization comes because his “childhood friend and college roommate Evan Chen was diagnosed with leukemia during their sophomore year at Stanford. Chen finally found a bone-marrow donor, but it was too late,” the paper reports. Yul said, “The show has really been a platform for me to make a difference.”

Meanwhile, Yul also got Lasik eye surgery–from Candice’s father. Although Candice mutinied and betrayed both Yul and Becky, Yul tells the The Fayetteville Observer “After the show, we were able to put all that aside. We’re actually close friends.”

In fact, Candice “and Becky watched the show together every Thursday last fall,” according to the paper, and both Yul and Becky got eye surgery from Candice’s dad earlier this month.

Local ‘Survivor’ puts winnings to good use [The Examiner]
‘Survivor’ winner, ally can see clearly now [The Fayetteville Observer]

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