Our tiny feet used to take us places, through the bushes, over the benches, fences, and flowerbeds, rolling the football, and playing langri tang. Abhijit always a step ahead, full of energy.
Time flew, characters changed but the innocence of our friendships never changed. Our feet grew wings of youth and took us places. Places, which had so many turns and detours that memory faded. We became that blimp which you see on your social media chats but take it for granted.
“Oye Abhijeet! Kaisa hai sale! Aaja meri shadi me” (Hey Abhijeet! How are you buddy? Do attend my wedding.)
Suddenly, memories start overwhelming us, taking us places, like out tiny feet did. But crash down as quickly as they had started to stir up.
“Bhai, I have cancer.”
The legs freeze, stuck at a place, being weighed down by something unknown, something we feel we can do something about, but we don’t know how. Dreams crash to the floor, and bring us to the harsh reality of life.
Deep buried within the many masks we wear in our lives, the innocence stays in a corner, willing to sometimes break free of the social boundaries and becoming a child once again. That explains why Abhijeet took up volunteering with Edelweiss Financial Advisors Ltd as an Edelgive, and later during graduation being associated with child support NGO, CRY, finding himself in the sparkling eyes of children.
He progressed from doing Insurance and Risk management studies from NSHM Business School to an MBA in Marketing and finance from MSRIM (Ramaiyah Institute of Management). Progressing across different companies to further progress his career, he moved from Edelweiss group, to VIBUTO Services, and finally to State Bank of India as the Wealth Manager. Currently, he is on medical leave from SBI with a minimum salary as per “Loss of Pay” terms.
He being the only son, along with his farmer father, a sister, and housewife mother, the flow of money has trickled down to bare minimum. His mother being a housewife, and his father accompanying him for his long and tiring visits to the doctors, even the little amount from farming has been dwindling. His father drawing money from his savings and borrowing from kind souls. As fate might have it, before he could be offered any medical insurance by his current employer, he was diagnosed with cancer and hence not eligible to get the insurance which would have lightened the financial constraint.
We all come across people who need our support in the train, outside, in the hospitals etc but somehow in the race of life they become second thought to us. We feel like helping them but the very next moment we either have a very important meeting to attend to or have to catch the train. Many of us carry out their own philanthropy acts whether others know or not. My appeal to those who come across this article is to stop for a moment and appreciate the gift of life we all have and how grateful we have been to be in the position we are in: food in our plates, clothes to cover our body, shelter over our heads, and a heathy life.
In the same breath, I also want us to realize how our small assistance can be of great importance for Abhijeet. He might not know you and vice versa, but when you feel low or need motivation in your life, the memory of such acts will always come to your rescue. I believe what goes around, comes around.
This funding I am raising is for my friend, Abhijeet Anand. A bright and charming personality. While I have not lived in his shoes, I know how strongly he has faced life. The son of a small village farmer, whom we often come across on our vacation trips, tolling hard in their fields, who dared to dream for a better life for his children. The only source of money to give his children better education and a better life style – sweating their blood in the field, and eating roti, salt and onions for every meal. Day after day, year after year. Thinking that Gods will give his children the fruits of his labour.
Abhijeet has been diagnosed with carcinoma with foci of necrosis(cT3N2M0) which is composed of predominately (more than 50%) signet ring cells. As per his reports it can be focally seen in extracellular mucin involving anal canal superiorly extending up to the anorectal junction and lower rectum. So far he has undergone the following treatment regime:
- Radiation: 28 fractions
- Chemotherapy: 56 rounds of Capcetabine (Xolodo 500)
- Advance chemotherapy: 12 sessions of Foliforinox
So, all those who read this appeal for crowdfunding, kindly let us contribute in whatever way we can, helping Abhijeet raise the money for his treatment and come out strongly out of the quicksand that life has landed him into. This page will be receiving regular updates as he progresses towards his recovery. The fund will be utilized as and when required by Abhijeet and informed by the hospital. Any money left unutilized after his recovery will be forwarded to others in need of it. His reports are available with me for those who need for review.