Part of being human is how well you respond to situations of distress. I learned this when my 2-year-old daughter Sampriti was diagnosed with Leukemia (cancer of the blood) last month.
My wife and I had rushed our little girl to a hospital in the wake of a leg injury she had sustained while playing a game of chase with her friends. Routine blood test results revealed the truth about Sampriti’s health. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia was eating her little body up. I am a restaurant steward with a small income and no bank of savings to fall back on, but we admitted Sampriti to Nanavati Hospital. I was, and am, determined that our child must have the best treatment. Sampriti has been there for weeks now. Pediatricians and oncologists have examined her. She will need chemotherapy and radiation treatments for two years to fully eliminate the cancer; of course, palliative care will be a part of the picture. My wife and I will have to find ways to pay for doctors’ fees and buy treatment drugs too.
For us, getting together a treatment fund of Rs. 18 lakhs for Sampriti’s care felt like an impossibility. We ran to friends and relatives and neighbors and pleaded and persisted for help with small funds, while continuing to care for their child, who has lost her energy and her appetite. Our hope is that we will reach people who can make a donation to this fundraiser on which our baby’s life depends. It is the only way still open to us to save Sampriti.
We are counting on every single donation to help us gather enough money to afford Sampriti’s treatment in the coming two years. We know it won’t be easy, but having said that we want to keep our faith in the sympathy, goodwill, and kindness of friends and strangers alike. Each donation will bring us closer to the possibility of restoring our daughter to full health. To support our cause and help us reach more compassionate givers, also share our fundraiser on your social media handles; each share can bring five new donors to Sampriti’s campaign. Our gratitude for these humane acts will remain with you.