“This happened when Ganesh was sleeping after a painful chemotherapy session - I heard the news that the kid beside Ganesh’s bed had passed away. A cold shiver ran down my spine; this can be my son if we are unable to afford the transplant that he needs at the earliest. I couldn’t put my mind to rest after that,” - Lakshman (Father) recalls his experience in the cancer ward.
His 6-year-old boy, Ganesh is fighting blood cancer and his only chance at getting better is through a bone marrow transplant.
Ganesh with his parents outside their home
The little boy has full faith on Lord Ganesha to cure him of his disease“Aai, Lord Ganesha is my best friend - he will take care of me, don’t worry,” - the 6-year-old keeps assuring his mother, Urmila. He is positive that he will fight back cancer like he did the previous time. The disease has made him weak but hasn’t dampened his spirit.
Ganesh is suffering from a relapse Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is cancer that affects the bone marrow and the white blood cells.
'He started showing the same symptoms yet again - our worst fears came back'The poor family cursed their fate when in 2018 the doctors told them that Ganesh’s fever and bloated belly were the early signs of blood cancer.
“But even in our despair, we didn’t lose hope. We borrowed money and started off his treatment. He was getting better and in a few month’s time we even brought him home. But only three months had passed when he started running a high temperature again. He complained of severe body aches and when we took him for the tests, they said it was a relapse.” - Urmila, mother
His sister is a matched donor but his parents are afraid that they can't afford the transplantGanesh’s 10-year-old sister, Vedika is a matched donor for him. He is undergoing chemo now and his transplant is due on the 10th of the next month.
“Everything is in place except that we don’t have the money to go forward with the transplant. He is responding well to the chemotherapy and doctors told us that there is a high chance for this to work in his favour.” - Lakshman
'I have to do this for my son - please help me'A sugarcane farmer in Belgaum, Karnataka, Ganesh’s father, Lakshman is working extra hours to save every penny for his son’s treatment. He has already spent about Rs 10 lakhs. Arranging another Rs 13.5 lakhs is next to impossible for this poor man who is already cowering under huge debts. You can make a generous contribution to help him.
“My wife and son are in Kolhapore and I am in Belgaum, working and taking care of Vedika. Every day I wish I can be with them but I know missing a day’s work and cost us our son’s life,” - Lakshman.