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After cancer took mother's life, 16-year-old is battling the same

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His mother died of blood cancer a few years ago. She was my younger sister, and I remember spending 3 months in the hospital trying to save her. But I couldn’t. If I can’t get Mahesh treated in time, I fear that he will suffer the same fate. He has bone cancer and the tumour in his left leg is only growing with time. He needs chemotherapy immediately. I’m trying my best to save Mahesh, but with no financial support from his father, I’m falling severely short of funds.” – Channappa, Mahesh’s uncle

16-year-old Mahesh hasn’t had an easy life. The loss of his mother was unbearable, and the growing wedge with this father only made him feel more isolated. While school was once his happy place, he soon found himself lost and unable to concentrate. One month ago, Mahesh received another jolt – the news of his cancer. His uncle, Channappa, soon took responsibility for his treatment, but he’s struggling. The only thing that can save Mahesh is chemotherapy.  

6 years ago, he lost his mother, now he’s on the brink of death because of cancer

Mahesh was only 10-years-old when he saw his mother struggling with cancer. He would often visit her in the hospital and ask his uncle when he could take his mother back home. Little did Mahesh know that he would never see his mother again and that years later, he would fight the same battle.


Mahesh and his uncle

He’s now old enough to understand what cancer is, but I don’t have the strength to tell him that it can kill him. My sister would’ve wanted me to protect him from the pain. After she died, He tried to keep himself occupied with school work, but it wasn’t helping him. A few months ago, he started having severe pain in his legs and hip joint. When we got him tested, the result was cancer. I called his father to tell him, but he never came to see him. It’s been one month since we found out, and not once has he come to see his son.”

Mahesh needs to start chemotherapy immediately to contain the growing tumour in his left leg and beat cancer, followed by a surgery. Without this, Mahesh is running out of time.

Channappa, a father of two, has nothing left to save Mahesh from cancer

Channappa is the sole breadwinner of his family of four. He works as a ward boy at a diagnostics centre and earns around 9,000 per month. Despite his own financial struggles, Channappa decided to take Mahesh in and get him treated. Mahesh’s father, now married with children, has little time for Mahesh. Channappa is all that he has left.



His father calls every now and then, but their conversations are very brief and Mahesh doesn’t get much of his time or support. I’ve been taking care of all the tests and treatment so far, but I don’t have the means to afford chemotherapy. This is the only thing that will save Mahesh, but I’m helpless. I have two children to look after as well. My wife has been extremely supportive through all this and treats Mahesh like her own son. We all want to save him, but we can’t do it without help.”

How You Can Help

Mahesh needs to start chemotherapy immediately to fight cancer. Without treatment, he risks losing his leg and life to deadly bone cancer. His uncle, Channappa, is doing all he can to try and save him, but he’s helpless. The death of his mother and his father's absence has made him emotionally fragile, while cancer is making him weaker by the day. But, there’s hope for Mahesh – he will survive with chemotherapy. Mahesh needs your help to fight cancer.

Your support will save Mahesh’s life.

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