Help Rhitik Get Treatment For Bone Cancer

On April 23, like any other day at school, Rithik, a class 8 student, was busy taking notes off the board before the last bell went off. In the excitement of wanting to play cricket after school, he scraped his knee against a nail under the wooden bench. Little did he know that the little Dettol and a band aid he put on it was not enough for what was ahead of him.

"When the wound changed color, I knew this was not normal."

What looked like minor scratch, soon led to sleepless nights and intense pain. “We thought it would heal in a day or two. But when the wound started changing color, we rushed him to Coimbatore to consult at a bigger hospital. When doctor suggested they needed to scan his bone, I got a sinking feeling.”

The 13-year-old lost his left leg to bone cancer

Soon the doctors confirmed that Rithik had Osteosarcoma of left distal tibia, an aggressive type of bone cancer. Despite best efforts, Rithik’s left leg was amputated to stop the cancer from spreading. Yet, today, this 13-year-old has a long fight ahead of him. Doctors suggest Rithik needs 6 cycles of aggressive chemotherapy sessions and 3 months of post-maintenance care. The cost of the treatment is around Rs 12 lakh.

A salary of 9,000 INR decides Rithik’s chances of survival 

Rithik’s father works in a small agro-based organisation in a village in Tamil Nadu and earns Rs 9,900 every month. The amputation surgery cost them around 8 lakhs. With Rithik’s twin brother and elder sister to take care of, the family is left with nothing to make ends meet, let alone continue Rithik’s treatment expenses. Today, Rithik is getting treatment in HCG Hospital, Bangalore. He might have lost his leg but this young boy wants to fight and win this fight with cancer. "I know I cannot play any more but I still can study. Doctor Sir has been telling me about many sportsmen who got back on their feet after losing a leg. I want to be cured and never look back to these long nights in the hospital," he says.

How can you help?

Rithik needs your support to get 6 cycles of chemotherapy sessions. The family is going through an arduous time. You can help them cope with the tragedy and provide them the support they need to lighten their load. Help Rithik get life-saving treatment.

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The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the champion or the medical team. 
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27th January 2017
Dear supporters,

 We spoke to Hemlata, Rithik’s mother. He has already gone through five chemotherapy sessions. The last and the final chemotherapy session began on 25th January which is expected to end only in the second week of February.

After each cycle of chemotherapy Rithik suffers from a series of side effects like high fever, extreme throat pain, vomiting and fatigue. His mother is extremely saddened to see her child suffer like this. Please share Rithik’s story and help him fight this battle.

Team Milaap
27th October 2016
Dear Supporters

Rithik’s two chemotherapy sessions are over. His third chemotherapy session started on October 25. The six chemotherapy sessions are expected to get over by February 2017. The speed of the treatment will depend on the side effects of chemotherapy and Rithik’s recovery. His doctor says, “The dosage for children is lower than that of adults but the post-op treatment is longer.”

Rithik’s mother, Hemalata says “Even though Rithik was a little apprehensive when the chemotherapy sessions started, he has been strong throughout and has been very cheerful.” Rithik’s school’s principal came to visit him. Because he has been such a good student, the principal told Rithik’s parents that he could join the class 9 next academic year once he recovered. Hemalata says “His favourite subjects are mathematics and science. He consistently excels in both of them.”

We are still very far away from reaching the campaign target. We request all of you to share the campaign in your friends and family networks over Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter. Spreading the word will go a long way in ensuring complete treatment for Rithik. 

Team Milaap
raised of Rs.1,200,000 goal

48 Supporters

Beneficiary: HCG Foundation info_outline
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Supporters (48)

Monika donated Rs.3,000
over 1 year ago
Anonymous donated Rs.5,000
over 1 year ago

god bless

Ashok donated US $100
over 1 year ago

God Bless you

Anonymous donated Rs.750
over 1 year ago
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
over 1 year ago

Get well soon dear .

Dayanand donated US $25
over 1 year ago

Praying for him. He will be back to his normal life soon.