Jayanthu with his mother
Two months ago, a small fall led to a grave diagnosisIt was like any other day. Jayanthu was walking back home from school with his friends when they decided to race each other back home. A few meters away from home, he slipped and fell. He quickly got up and continued to run. Jayanthu won the race that day, but it was the beginning of his fight with cancer.
“He came back home limping that day. When we asked him he said it’s nothing, and he had fallen while playing. He played a lot with his friends, and coming back home with a small cut or bruise was normal. But this time it was different. His leg didn’t get better. Instead, his knee started swelling,” – Varalakshmi, mother
Jayanthu was taken to Bangalore for tests and scans, and he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, cancer that starts in the bones.
Jayanthu before cancer took over his life
They sold the little jewellery they owned to start treatment, now they need your helpVaralakshmi and Rangaswamy didn’t think twice before selling the little jewellery they owned to start Jayanthu’s chemotherapy. They hardly got Rs. 40,000 for it. Now, they travel nearly 4 hours by bus every two weeks to take him to the city. The journey is difficult. Jayanthu vomits throughout and is exhausted by the end of it, but his parents don’t have the means to afford to live in the city for his treatment or continuing the chemotherapy itself.
The tumour in his knee is growing, he needs your help
“I work as a daily wager. Sometimes on others’ farms, sometimes in construction. It all depends on the work available for the day. I earn Rs. 250 a day, but on some days, I earn nothing. With this, I can hardly afford a meal now. My son’s treatment is more than I can manage.” – Rangaswamy, father
Jayanthu with his father on his 14th birthday