Celebrate The International Day of Charity with Impact Guru

By: Milton, Diamond

Published On: September 05, 2021

The origin of the word charity can be traced back to the Latin word of “carus” meaning dear or valued. In Old English, when the word was first circulated, it was used in the context of religion and meant Christian love for each other. As the word continued to evolve in various languages and even more complex stages - its original connotation of love remained. Even now, after all these years, you will often notice people saying, “This charity is very dear to me.” 

Similarly, while humans have evolved over the years, their intent and motivation to help each other without asking or even wanting anything in return - has only gotten stronger. Today, on the 5th of September, 2021, we observe the International Day of Charity and joyously revisit  the importance of giving and the impact it can have on the people involved in it - whether givers or receivers. In this blog, we look at 4 stories of patients who had life-changing experiences all because people from around the world read their stories on ImpactGuru and fell in love with their resilience:

1. A single mother fights to help her daughter get a heart transplant

Amrutha’s father left after her birth in 2011, why? Because he didn’t want a girl child and was also seeing another woman at the time. A single mother, Swarna, manages to make ends meet by working day and night as a laborer in the local shops. Since then, Swarna has worked very hard to build their little home; everything was going good until…

A few months ago, 10 year-old Amrutha began gasping for breath. She seemed weak and wouldn’t play with other children and also wouldn’t talk as much as she used to. The next day, Swarna visited a hospital where Amrutha went through a series of tests.. 

Amrutha was diagnosed with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. It is a condition in which the lower chambers of the heart (known as ventricles) become rigid and do not expand when they fill with blood. Eventually, the heart doesn’t pump blood normally - which leads to every other organ suffering damage.

Doctors at Apollo hospital said that a heart transplant could give Amrutha a new lease of life. However, with an estimated transplant cost of Rs. 42.32 lakh, it was impossible for Swarna to arrange the funds in a short span of time. Swarna decided to try medical crowdfunding and her fundraiser ended up reaching more than 4000 donors, who came to her rescue by helping her raise over Rs. 49 lakhs in just 179 days!

Here’s the latest update on Amrutha’s health:

2. A 15-year-old NDA aspirant’s relentless battle with cancer

Set foot into 15-year-old Rajvardhan’s room and you’ll find a shelf decorated with trophies and certificates. Rajvardhan Jha from Delhi was once skilled in both academics and athletics; he wanted to join the National Defense Academy. The young lad had a promising future but his whole world turned upside down…

One day, he was on the cricket ground and his body felt very weak. He thought he had a fever so he returned home. The next few days, Rajvardhan’s health worsened further. His nose and gums began to bleed and he noticed a swelling in his neck. The alarmed family immediately went to a better-equipped hospital in the city. The test reports showed that Rajvardhan had Carcinoma Nasopharynx- a rare tumor of the head and neck. The tumor was removed after a critical and long surgery. 

Rajvardhan had been advised multiple cycles of chemotherapy. His father, a teacher, spent all his savings on his son’s treatment. Rs.7.5 lakh was needed to continue the radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment but Mr. Jha had no idea on how he would arrange the huge sum. Not knowing what else to do, he started an online fundraiser on ImpactGuru, hoping that well-wishers would come forward to help his son beat cancer. 

Needless to say, over 1,100 kind donors turned up to save Rajvardhan by raising more than Rs 16.35 lakhs in 148 days! A month back, Rajvardhan's radiotherapies and chemos were completed. He's still on medicines and has side-effects from the treatment but he’s fighting his way back to complete recovery!

3. Kind-hearted donors help a father of two fight cancer

42-year-old Asif Shaikh from Mumbai was living a life like any other during the pandemic However, what happened one day still feels like a nightmare to Asif. 

When it first started, Asif was facing sharp, stabbing pains in his stomach and chronic fatigue in his joints. Seeing no improvement in his health, his wife forced him to go to a bigger hospital. Tests revealed that Asif had ‘Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of Gallbladder’- a cancer of the gallbladder.

Asif’s treatment included chemotherapy combined with ICU stay for which the medical estimate was Rs.11.5 lakh. Asif used to earn Rs 5,000 per month by teaching the Holy Quran to children; serving humanity and helping people was all he ever wanted. Asif knew that he needed lakhs of rupees to start the treatment but he could never manage to arrange the required funds on his own. 

Asif shared his story to the world by starting an online fundraiser. Over 1,100 kind-hearted donors on ImpactGuru pitched in by helping Asif raising more than Rs 17.95 lakhs in 121 days!

4. Little Preethy comes out victorious against a heart disease

Little Preethy’s family belong to the lower-middle-class in Puducherry and lead a very modest life. Preethy is known amongst her family as a very sweet and brave girl. She’s very friendly and loves helping her mother in household chores.

One day, Preethy’s parents noticed that she was refusing to eat and had become weak. She remained tired and wasn’t as jolly as always. Soon after, Preethy fell sick and her parents took her to the hospital. Here, they found that Preethy was suffering from Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect (IVC + ASD.) It is a rare congenital heart disease which can lead to a heart failure in extreme cases.

Doctors recommended an immediate open-heart surgery for Preethy. The cost for the high priority operation- Rs 2.87 lakh was impossible for Preethy’s parents to arrange. They sought the support of kind-hearted people to save their little daughter,

Generous donors at ImpactGuru rose to the occasion by raising Rs 4.44 lakhs in 142 days! As a result, Preethi got her open-heart surgery in July and is now back at home recovering slowly and getting stronger.

As per a report by The Tribune, about 55 million Indians were pushed into poverty annually due to healthcare expenses. The COVID-19 pandemic had made matters worse for people who could not afford treatments during medical emergencies. Many of them reached out to ImpactGuru and received unwavering support from a wide community of well-wishers that helped them raise funds for their medical treatments.

This World Charity Day, if you want to ease the suffering around you by helping a patient fight the deadly black fungus or to provide funds to an old age home/orphanage or any other cause, all you have to do is start a fundraiser on behalf of them. You could also make a difference by donating to fundraisers that you care about, here.

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