“Cancer has made him so weak and different. My son doesn't even reply with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ if we ask him something. He just sits and cries a lot. He was always a skinny child but now he's just bones. I can see that cancer is slowly killing him. All I want is his suffering to end.” – Navalsang, Nasik’s father
Nasik has lost his childhood to cancerSuffering in pain and tormented by blood cancer, 11-year-old Nasik is no longer the active, playful child he used to be 4 months ago. In just a few months, his and his parents' lives have changed in the worst possible way. Unbearable pain has been Nasik's constant companion.
“My little boy loved play cricket after school. Besides his sports, he was an excellent student. We never had to tell him to study or finish his homework. He's so attached to his books that even in hospital he tries to study. But, we were scared when he started getting very tired and would just lie down after getting home. Soon he started throwing up frequently. He would vomit more than 4 times a day. We couldn't imagine that all of these would mean something as deadly as cancer."
Nasik was so playful but now, he’s thoroughly depressedNasik is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a deadly form of blood cancer, that spreads so quickly that it can be fatal in no time. Due to this, Nasik has also turned abnormally pale and is harrowed by severe chest and stomach pain, leaving him tormented every moment. Lying in the hospital bed, Nasik keeps asking his father if he can ever get back home. Cancer has left this little boy depressed.
Nasik won't survive without chemotherapy and his father has no money to afford itThe 11-year-old’s only hope for survival lies in undergoing chemotherapy as soon as possible. After chemo, Nasik has to undergo additional treatment for the next one and a half years to ensure that cancer doesn't come back again. Navalsang can’t even manage to afford Nasik’s medicines, let alone an 18-month-long treatment.
“I work as a laborer in a factory and manage to earn a maximum of Rs. 250 per day. Every visit to the hospital, which is 100 kilometers away, costs Rs. 600. Every week, I need to purchase medicines which cost around Rs. 12,000. This is much more than what I can manage. Our situation has pulled us into a terrible debt. Hansa doesn't stop crying fearing that we might lose our son any moment.” – Navalsang
How you can helpTo keep his son alive and help him fight cancer, Navalsang has borrowed around Rs. 2.5 lakhs from his relatives and friends. Unfortunately, Nasik’s fight will only lead him to succumb to blood cancer unless he undergoes chemotherapy which costs an additional Rs. 2.5 lakhs. Navalsang, who is running out of time, just cannot save his son without your help.
Your support will save 11-year-old Nasik and ensure that he returns to school and lives like a normal child.