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Tom Needs Your Help To Fight Blood Cancer

Imagine the plight of a father who discovers his 3-year-old son has cancer when he is on a normal consultation with the doctor for a fever. Jo and Litty's journey of accepting their son's cancer is heartbreaking and makes us wonder how people find strength in tough situations.

When Their Peaceful Life Changed Overnight

JO and his wife, Litty, are from Idukki District in Kerala. Jo is a farmer and Litty is a homemaker. Tom is their only son and attends Anganwadi in their village. Their peaceful life changed overnight when Tom was diagnosed with Leukemia (B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). Tom is currently admitted in CMC Vellore for advanced treatment. According to the doctors, the ideal treatment for this disease is chemotherapy followed by Stem Cell Transplant. The estimated cost of the Stem Cell Transplant would be as high as Rs. 50, 00000.  Jo is not in a position to raise such a huge amount as his only source of income is farming.

This Mother Has No Answer To Her Son's Questions On Returning Home

Tom's day starts by visiting the doctor and returning to the small rented place near the hospital. His relatives who came over gave him few toys to play with and he treasures these by keeping it near his bed. When he is done playing with his toys, he is reminded of his village and his friends. He goes to his mother and hugs her tight. Litty knows what he is going to ask her next but she has no answer. She has tried telling him that he has to stay at Vellore till the doctor's say so but he is not convinced. He wants to know more.

At these times, Jo and Litty try to distract Tom by discussing his favourite games. What else can they do? They need him to stay happy and smiling and are ready to do whatever it takes to.

How  Can You Help Tom

Tom's father and relatives are trying their best to raise the funds but it's a huge amount and the expenses might increase if the chemotherapy continues. Time is very crucial and your timely help can help this farmer's son.
Funds collected through this campaign will be transferred to the hospital to expedite the process and continue the treatment.

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27th December 2017
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all the support you have shown Tom. He is doing better now compared to earlier and is undergoing maintenance therapy.

The bone marrow transplant could not be performed due to the non-availability of the donor. The doctors suggest that he is doing better without the transplant and will be performing the transplant in the future if required. 

He has started to go to school and he is in first grade. He is really happy to go back to school after the break.

Thank you all once again for all the love and support. Your blessings has helped him to recover faster.

28th January 2017
Dear Supporters

Thanks for your continued support and prayers. Also apologies for not providing an update for few months.

Tom is on his way to recovery. He is now discharged from CMC and is on Maintenance mode now. Tom is currently at his native place in Kerala. His Chemotherapy sessions are going on. Tom goes to a hospital in Kochin (Rajagiri Medical College) once in 15 days for Chemotherapy and does the review in CMC Vellore once in 3 months. His WBC count is stable ever since he is discharged from hospital. His overall health is improving. I am attaching a recent Photograph. Improvement is quite visible

On the flip side stem cell transplant could not be done because of lack of fully matched donors for the transplant. Doctors don’t want to do it with partial match and the one full match person is not ready to donate citing health/ logistics reasons. Doctors are taking a wait and watch approach now. They will go for the transplant with partial match donors only if the situation worsens. We hope and pray that he recovers fully.

Once again thanks for your continued support and prayers.


10th November 2016
Dear Supporters, 

I am Uthra Nagarajan, an Open Fellow at Milaap. I spoke to Pius Sebastian, Tom’s uncle.

The search for a perfect stem-cell match for Tom did not work out; the one donor who was a complete match is in Philippines and is unable to donate. 

Tom’s father is a partial match (50 percent) and the discussion on whether he could be a donor  started a month ago. “But Tom’s doctors are very hesitant,” said Pius, over a phone call. “There is a high chance of Tom rejecting a partial match and this would risk his health further.” 

The family hasn’t lost hope yet. Tom is still on the transplant list and the search for a complete match has intensified. Currently, Tom has finished his initial eight chemotherapy sessions and is now in maintenance mode. He takes injections once in 15 days and undergoes chemotherapy once in three months. “If at any time his condition worsens, we will have to go ahead with the partial match transplant, even though it is highly risky” said Pius Sebastian. 

Thank you for the amazing support. I will keep you posted with more updates in the coming days.

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