Roland Lepcha is from a remote village called Samthar in Darjeeling. He was born into a simple farming family working hard to make ends meet. At the tender age of 9, he lost his mother & his father could not support Roland’s education with his income. Intrinsically, this led Roland to discontinue his studies.
In the year 2014, he moved to Bangalore to make a living and support his family. He started working as a cook in small restaurant(s) earning a meagre income of Rs. 2500 /- per month (approx. $37). With his hard work and a couple of job changes later, he started to make Rs. 9500 /- per month (approx. $140) by early 2016. With this earning, he was taking care of his ailing father who still lives in his village.
Life had just begun to pick itself up for this hard working young man but for his twisted fate which had other sinister plans.
Early 2016, he started experiencing intermittent bouts of headache and fever. Attributing and believing that it was his hectic schedule as a restaurant cook, he started looking for other job options. So, he joined a course hoping to land a job in a hair salon. And, he had only started the course, when his health started to deteriorate further with the same symptoms of headache, fever and blood pressure fluctuations.
The worst was yet to come.
The thorough check-up diagnosed him to have "Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5". This meant that his kidneys had lost nearly all their ability to do their job effectively. He is currently on maintenance hemodialysis twice weekly. He is advised renal (kidney) transplant therapy in the form of renal transplant as a life saving measure and is advised to continue regular hemodialysis as a life saving treatment until renal (kidney) transplantation.
The haemodialysis costs Rs. 30000 /- per month (approx. $441) and the kidney transplant procedure would cost Rs. 5 – 7 Lakh (approx. $7353 - $10295). This expense is way beyond his means and support.
After doing our bit of help and when we were sure we would need a larger audience to meet the medical expense, we decided to write this fundraiser as a public plead of hope believing in the fundamental thought that “Hope springs eternal”.
- A hope to make a small difference to this man’s fate by doing our little bit, by contributing in whatever capacity we can to meet the medical expenses of this individual. If it isn’t just financial, but if you do have contacts or leads who can curtail the current medical expenses, bringing it down for this unfortunate 24 year old young man, we would be more than happy to hear from your side.
We are currently looking to cover the cost of dialysis for a year and hope to find a donor by then.
“Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust”- we bring nothing and take nothing. All that remains after we have gone is the touch of “Godliness” we leave onto others” - Anonymous