“All I could think about was that Atanu wanted to finish college and become a software engineer. For the past few years, he’s been working so hard. When everyone else his age was out with their friends, going for movies or out to eat, he would stay in and study. We often pushed him to go out more, but he would refuse. He always wanted to do well for us and his younger sister. But now, cancer stands in his way.” – Animesh, father
Atanu, a bright student, has many dreams for his futurein 2014, when Atanu completed his cancer treatment and went back home to Bangladesh, everyone thought it was the last of his struggles. Atanu had missed a year of school because of treatment, but he didn’t let that deter his spirit, he started school again, and worked hard. Atanu, a scholarship student, always aced all his exams.
“We all knew that he was meant for great things, but three years later we found out his cancer relapsed. He’s 19, with his whole life ahead of him. How can this happen to him again?” – Animesh
This time, however, chemotherapy wasn’t enough to treat him. He needed a bone marrow transplant. Atanu underwent the transplant two days ago, but his fight is ongoing – he needs to stay in the hospital under strict observation for at least 4 more weeks.
After spending lakhs, his father doesn’t have the means to continue his treatmentUnfortunately, Animesh and Madhavi don’t have the means to continue his treatment. Animesh, who works in a garment factory, has already gone above and beyond his means to afford Atanu’s treatment all these years. This is the final step towards his cure, but they have nothing left to save him. Animesh can’t help but break down every time someone asks him about his son. The thought of not being able to continue his treatment haunts him day and night.
Atanu with his sister