17-year-old Who Wants To Join The Navy Is Fighting Cancer | Milaap
17-year-old Who Wants To Join The Navy Is Fighting Cancer
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Ganesh Yarlagadda

    from Tadepalli, Andhra Pradesh

“I’ve always wanted to serve my country. I also applied for Navy entrance exams and they are due this month end. The doctors have said I need treatment for 6 months and cannot appear for my exams as a result. I think I would make it to the Navy someday, if I manage to fight cancer."– Ganesh.

They cannot buy him a cricket bat, leave alone pay for chemotherapy

Ganesh, the only son of Srinivas and Nagamani from Gunadala, Vijayawada has come of age. He strongly feels he should study well, join the Navy and take care of his daily-wager parents, who have struggled for more than two decades. Unfortunately, he has blood cancer, and it has virtually tied him to hospital beds, chaining his dreams.

This teenager is also an avid cricket enthusiast, but as fate and poverty would have it, the poor parents cannot even afford to get him a good quality cricket bat to play with friends. It is this family that is now staring at the requirement of a whopping 8 lakh rupees to treat his cancer.

'My son dares to dream despite his illness and our grinding poverty'

 “Ganesh is currently in the first year of his B.Sc Computers at Siddhartha College and is a diligent student, hoping to become a Navy officer one day. He was a regular at college even until two days before he was detected with cancer and moved to Manipal. Our boy loves us intensely and more than the cancer, his guilt of becoming a burden on us is eating him up. My wife. Nagamani, and I earn barely enough to keep body and soul together. I am a daily wage worker at a carpentry store and she slogs whole day at a local school as a helper. ” - Srinivas, Ganesh’s father.

'It hurts when he eats, so he's losing weight rapidly'

Nagamani recalls how Ganesh came back from college a couple of weeks back with terrible swelling in his face and intense pain in the throat, so much so that he could not even swallow the tablets that the local RMP gave him. It was in such a context of a race against time that he was moved immediately from Vijayawada to the Manipal hospital.

“A young lad who was bubbly until a few days ago is now unable to take in even a morsel of food. He often cries due to the unbearable pain. To see a grown up child cry inconsolably breaks me from within,” says Nagamani, breaking down herself.

The parents are cursing their cruel economic fate. They live in a makeshift rented house in neighbouring Andhra. Srinivas says he has already taken loans up to a lakh from multiple relatives and is also worried about having to return the same soon since his relatives also live in penury. Despite multiple odds, the family is determined to tide over this situation.

Do you share Ganesh’s pain and dreams? If yes, do your bit in relieving him of his pain and enabling him realize his dreams. Click here to contribute to Ganesh’s medical costs.

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