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She Lost All Her Hair To Cancer, But Not Her Hope – This Teenager Is Determined To Fight

Shagun – a 15-year-old with her entire life ahead of her. Or so she thought before she found out she has bone cancer. She lost all her strength. Her long, thick hair all gone. The first time Shagun looked at herself in the mirror after she lost all her hair, she cried a lot. She didn’t recognize the girl she saw, the one that everyone loves.

“But she’s so positive now. She takes pictures of herself, she tells everyone she will be fine soon. She truly believes she will…we all do. But after 6 months of chemotherapy, we can’t afford to complete her treatment. It’s the only thing that can save her.” – Sapna, mother

Can they even afford her next chemo session?

Every week, Sapna and Shagun travel from their home to the hospital for 5-6 hours for her chemotherapy. They can’t afford to stay in Delhi because after all these months of treatment and 10 lakhs later, they don’t have much left. In fact, they have nothing but debts.

“Yesterday we finished another session of chemo and we’re back home. Can I take her to the hospital on Monday? I don’t think so. Not unless I find a way to afford it, and soon…”

She believes she will make it out of the pain, stronger

Shagun always dreamt of a bright future for herself. Determined, ambitious and infectious energy – it got her through everything in school. Now, it’s getting her through bone cancer. What started as a knew pain soon turned out to be a deadly disease. In weeks, the life she knew was gone. Shagun knows she has cancer and she also knows she can fight it.

“The only reason we’ve been so positive is because of her. She’s the one suffering, but she’s the one giving us strength.”

They have spent everything they had and more on her treatment, now they’re helpless

However, Shagun won’t be able to go on longer without the 4 cycles of chemotherapy that she needs. The 4 cycles that her parents just can’t seem to afford. Her father, Rajiv, is a farmer and doesn’t earn much on a daily basis. About 200-300 rupees is all he can manage. They have spent 10 lakhs on Shagun’s treatment by borrowing from everyone they know. It wasn’t easy.

“How do we convince people that we will pay them back? That too it’s not a few thousands, it’s lakhs. Everyone has a family to look after. But it’s a matter of life and death for Shagun… the family understood that. Now we have nowhere else to go.”



Her parents are at a dead-end. There’s nothing more they can do, nothing more they can borrow. They have nothing to sell either. Shagun is determined to fight cancer and she can only do it with your help.

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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 campaign organiser or the medical team.

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