I am Jaya Saxena, an M.Tech student at IIT Bombay. This is an appeal from me and my younger brother Ankit Saxena, who is a B.Tech student at HBTI Kanpur. We want your support to raise funds for immunotherapy treatment of our father who is undergoing treatment at Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Delhi since September 2018. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer at Medanta Gurgaon in September 2018 after months of severe weakness, vomiting and low blood counts.
Since March 2018 we consulted many doctors in our city to know the cause of the symptoms but even after taking medication for 6 months when things didn't improve, we went to Medanta Gurgaon for further consultation where he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. We immediately shifted him to Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Institute and Reseach Centre, Delhi for further treatment where he underwent chemotherapy for 6 months. His health improved after the treatment but things got worse again when chemotherapy stopped working. His condition started deteriorating after 6 months and he was admitted to the hospital for a continuous period of 1 month due to vomiting, low blood levels, and persistent fever.
Immunotherapy came as a crucial hope needed at that moment to boost our motivation. The molecular testing was done and it was found that he can get long lasting results from immunotherapy and can get back to normal life.
But the main concern is the cost of the immunotherapy treatment. A year-long treatment will require around 72 lakhs.
My father's medical insurance has exhausted after this long treatment. Around 20 lakhs have been spent till now for his treatment which includes our emergency savings as well.
We raised around 10 lakhs from other sources that have enabled us to start the treatment and now we need support to continue on this line of treatment.
Immunotherapy is the critical ray of hope at this moment but it costs more than we can bear since my father is the only earning member of the family. Our family is in dire need of money not just to save the life of a man who is the trunk supporting three lives with him but to save the life of a father who wants to complete his responsibilities towards his children.