It was May 2020, when Chetna was facing difficulties performing her daily tasks like walking, drinking water etc. By observing this, her grandparents took her to a local doctor who treated her for her symptoms, but no changes were noticed in her. After that, they came to New Civil Hospital in Surat in June 2021 and enrolled as a patient in the Lions Cancer Detection Centre Trust. At LCDC, Chetna was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma.
Her primary treatment was done at LCDC and she was advised to go to Gujarat Cancer Research Institute (GCRI) at Ahmedabad. Her surgery was done at GCRI and she came back with her grandparents to LCDC and underwent 30 cycles of radiation. She has also completed her 4 cycles of chemotherapy at Mahavir Hospital and LCDC in Surat.
“After using my savings, I have mortgaged my house to fund my granddaughter’s cancer treatment since her disabled father does not earn enough as a cobbler” says Chetna’s grandfather, Vishwanath Chavan. The family is in Surat since the past six months for Chetna’s treatment. The family and CanKids, a nonprofit supporting pediatric cancer patients, have spent Rs.95,000 but need Rs. 55,000 more to complete 3 cycles of chemotherapy.
Chetna had to leave her studies during 8th grade so start her cancer treatment. She was a student at a Marathi and semi-English school. She is fond of cooking, cycling and drawing. She also makes beautiful rangolis. Make Chetna’s wish of becoming an IPS officer one day come true by helping her overcome cancer!