Oblivious to the dangers of cancer, Chandan thinks he’s sick because he didn’t eat his vegetablesDussehra was a welcomed holiday for Nagamani, Manjunath and their two sons. Their older son (13) came back home from his hostel, and Chandan was thrilled to have his big brother around to play with. However, a day into the holidays, Chandan started feeling sick. One night after dinner with the family, he started vomiting. Soon, he was in bed with a high fever. His fever and vomiting were, unfortunately, symptoms of a life-threatening disease – blood cancer.
“Now when I think about it, for the past few weeks, he’s been coming back home saying he didn’t feel like doing his homework. I thought he was just being stubborn, little did I know that it’s because he was tired and in pain. He was diagnosed earlier this month, and we’ve been taking him to the hospital for chemotherapy. He thinks he’s in the hospital because he didn’t eat his vegetables properly. He tells me that he will eat properly and go back home. He doesn’t know how dangerous his disease is.” – Nagamani, 6-year-old Chandan's mother.
His father is the sole breadwinner of this family of 4, and the treatment costing lakhs is beyond his meansEvery time Nagamani and Manjunath wait for his test results, they can’t help but think about the time they found out he has cancer. They didn’t think twice before using all their savings to start his treatment, but now, they can’t seem to find a way to continue his chemotherapy.
“I used to work in a garment factory, but I stopped when I was pregnant with Chandu. Now, my husband is the only earning member of the family. He works in a paint factory and earns a minimal amount.”
Nagamani and Manjunath have spent nearly 60,000 for his treatment so far, and can’t afford the 5.5 lakhs required for his chemotherapy for the next 6 months.
How You Can HelpAll Chandan asked for his birthday were new colour pencils that he could use to draw, and now, he carries it with him every time he goes to the hospital. Chandan has deadly blood cancer, but he’s responding well to chemotherapy. Unfortunately, if his parents are unable to continue his treatment for 6 months longer, all their efforts so far will be in vain. His parents are completely helpless and need your help to save their son.
Your support will save Chandan’s life.