For His 16th birthday, Nirmal Wants To Beat Cancer, And Watch Avengers

This year I turned 16. People say, ‘Sweet 16, what have you planned for this year?’ I say, ‘I plan on beating cancer once and forever.’ It has been 7 years since I met cancer. It was hate at first sight yet our relationship has only grown stronger. Cancer does not want to leave me, but you know how we get rid of strangers if they enter our home? Like that I want to get rid of cancer. I know this is the year I get to do that.

I did not even know about cancer before it gate-crashed my body

My name is Nirmal Koshy Thomas. Our family has been to hell and back in the past 7 years. We survived. We always survive. That is our strength. When I was in 4th standard, many many years ago, I started feeling bumps on my chest and neck. First, I thought I was getting pimples. Nobody gets pimples like these, so I told my parents. They took me to the doctor. I got so many medicines. Finally, at a hospital, I remember overhearing the word ‘Lymphoma’. I waited for months to find out what it meant. When I did discover about cancer, I got scared.

My father was in Saudi at that time. He would try to come visit me every month, while usually he came down only once in 6 months. My sister started being nice to me. Usually, she would fight with me. My mother would make everything I like. Usually, I do not get my way. Cancer may think it did something good for me, but I want to be normal, not a freak.

It has taken almost everything from my family, and I cannot let this happen anymore

I hated chemotherapy. Usually I feel so full of energy. When I get chemotherapy, I barely want to talk or walk or just be. In those years, I got a few cycles of chemotherapy and radiation. I thought I completely beat the disease. For a year, everything was back to normal – school, friends and home. Then, it came back.

We had already spent Rs. 50 lakhs for my treatment. When we asked for help, hospitals sent us to CMC Vellore. My mother stayed with me on hospital campus until she got an infection and was wheeled into surgery. She is a diabetic. The infection took most of her leg. She is now back in Kodancheri with her parents. At the same time, my father had to come back to India because he was diagnosed with liver and lung disease. He is on medicines. He cannot work anymore. So, he is here with me while my elder brother just started working.

Cancer thinks it has won but I can have a surgery tomorrow to get rid of it forever

My strength is my elder sister, Nimisha. She dropped out of college as soon as all these things happened to come take care of me. She keeps me happy, watches movies with me, and even runs around the hospital for whatever is needed. In fact, the doctor said I can have a bone marrow transplant. She is my donor.

I can feel cancer getting stronger and I am angry that I cannot watch Avengers at the theatre because of this disease. The doctor said I need this surgery tomorrow. I know how much my parents are struggling taking loans and begging everyone. A lot of people donated money to help us until now, but I know getting Rs. 25 lakhs in 24 hours is difficult for my family.


I want to live. Cancer cannot stay in my body anymore. I have seen so many people, friends from the hospital, lose this fight. I promised them I will live. Will you help me?
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Nirmal is determined to win this battle after 7 long years. People have been kind to him, and a little more kindness can save him. Your contribution will fulfill his wish.


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6th September 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love. We shall be withdrawing this amount to pay for his medical bills pending in CMC vellore. We would like to convey our gratitude and prayers to all supported our little brother.

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love. We shall be withdrawing this amount to pay for his medical bills pending in CMC vellore. We would like to convey our gratitude and prayers to all supported our little brother.

29th August 2018
Thank you everyone for your valuable contributions. Words are not enough to convey our gratitude towards your contributions. Unfortunately, with deep sorrow and tears, as Nirmal's sister I want to inform you that he left this world of pain and sorrow. It was a shock for our family who lived only for him and expecting for his happy come back after the battle with life. Suddenly, his heart stopped functioning and he left us.

We would like to inform the kind donors that these funds will utilized to pay his medical bills at CMC vellore. Thank you for all your support and we would like to inform you that we will start a charitable trust in the name of Nirmal and serve people as Nirmal wanted to do.

Thank You once again.
Thank you everyone for your valuable contributions. Words are not enough to convey our gratitude towards your contributions. Unfortunately, with deep sorrow and tears, as Nirmal's sister I want to inform you that he left this world of pain and sorrow. It was a shock for our family who lived only for him and expecting for his happy come back after the battle with life. Suddenly, his heart stopped functioning and he left us.

We would like to inform the kind donors that these funds will utilized to pay his medical bills at CMC vellore. Thank you for all your support and we would like to inform you that we will start a charitable trust in the name of Nirmal and serve people as Nirmal wanted to do.

Thank You once again.
27th July 2018
After his stemcell transplant the condition of Nirmal become worse because he got a cardiac arrest and he was in ventilator for two weeks. Followed by that Nirmal got infection in his lungs which he is still under treatment. The coming back of Nirmal from death was really miraculous after the cardiac arrest. Due to these unexpected complications the hospital bills was much more than the estimation which is really hard for his family to afford. This July, 2 and half months is finished since he is admitted in the hospital and he is still bed ridden. He wanted to thank and convey his prayers to all who donated for his campaign and it's not enough for Nirmal and his family to afford the unexpected hospital bills which amounts to more than 10 lakhs. He also requests some more helping hands in this emergency situation.
After his stemcell transplant the condition of Nirmal become worse because he got a cardiac arrest and he was in ventilator for two weeks. Followed by that Nirmal got infection in his lungs which he is still under treatment. The coming back of Nirmal from death was really miraculous after the cardiac arrest. Due to these unexpected complications the hospital bills was much more than the estimation which is really hard for his family to afford. This July, 2 and half months is finished since he is admitted in the hospital and he is still bed ridden. He wanted to thank and convey his prayers to all who donated for his campaign and it's not enough for Nirmal and his family to afford the unexpected hospital bills which amounts to more than 10 lakhs. He also requests some more helping hands in this emergency situation.
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nishchay donated US $500
about 2 months ago
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Yugandhar donated US $21
3 months ago
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SHEBA donated Rs.1,000
3 months ago
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Naren donated US $30
3 months ago
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Sravanthi donated Rs.1,000
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Anonymous donated Rs.500
3 months ago

Get well soon dear.