Stories of Hope
Anchal Suresh Kumar
Anchal Kumar, a thirteen-year-old from Bihar visited AIIMS Delhi in 2014 for blood cancer treatment. Being in the national capital for the first time, the family had a tough time navigating around a big city and finding a clean and hygienic place to stay. After staying in some dharmshalas, someone told them about St. Judes and they visited our Delhi centres. It wasn’t long before they started actively participating in the activities planned by the centre and made St. Judes an integral part of their lives. Soon, Anchal took an active interest in the art and craft sessions conducted by the centre. Anchal’s mother, too, knitted and taught other mothers the art of knitting.
Anchal was with us for eight months before her maintenance was started. She last visited the centre in November 2019 and is now a cancer survivor.
Currently, Anchal is in the 8th grade and loves cooking and sketching in her free time.
Pradip Pal, a seventeen year old from West Bengal, visited our Premashraya Centre in Kolkata in 2018 with his parents. Pradip had recently cleared his Higher Secondary Examination (HSE) in first division from the West Bengal Board. His father is a farmer and mother a homemaker. When they came down to Kolkata they had a hard time as they knew no one in the city. Much thankful to have found a place like St. Judes, his family got Pradip treated for Hodgkin Lymphoma at Tata Medical Center, Kolkata. He completed his chemotherapy and went back home in October 2018. Although he does visit for routine check-ups, he did fight courageously against cancer. Also, he worked hard to catch up on the school work he missed out on during his treatment. He was persistent and diligent when it came to learning and studying with our centre teachers and always gave his cent percent. His dedication towards education did not stop here. After returning home, he gave his all to his studies and passed with flying colours in all his exams.
Vinay Saini, from Mumbai, visited our Parel Centre and later stayed at our Kharghar and Cotton Green Centres for his treatment. Vijay was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2015 and underwent treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. His father, a daily wage labourer and his mother, a homemaker (who passed away in 2021 due to an illness) made sure that he received the appropriate cancer treatment. For which they lived in our centre and completed his cancer treatment successfully in November 2020.
Vinay is now a cancer survivor. He now visits the centre for his follow-ups. He has completed his graduation and has set-up his own computer store. Also during his last visit, he told us that he got married, is well-settled and living a normal life.
Omkar Mithe, an eighteen year old from Nashik, visited our Rani Vicaji Memorial Ward Centre in 2009, Nashik, after he was diagnosed with blood cancer. Omkar is a student at the Industrial Training Institute, Nashik. Both his parents were super happy when they found St. Judes which was like their second family. Since they were farmers and had lived in the village most of their lives, they were super delighted to see that everyone ate together at the centre and the families were ever ready to volunteer and pitch in, in case of emergencies.
When they left in the year 2017, they made sure to express gratitude and thank the St. Jude Centre. According to them, without St. Judes their son’s treatment would not have been possible.
Rutuja Pawar, an eighteen year old from Solapur, visited our Cotton Green Campus in 2010 after she was diagnosed with cancer. Rutuja is pursuing a BSc in nursing and aspires to become a nurse by profession. Her father, a daily wage labourer, and her mother, a homemaker, made sure she underwent cancer treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
Rutuja has always been a bright girl and would happily participate in the activities conducted by the centre and put equal efforts towards her academics.
Rutuja sums up her experience with our St. Judes centre - the spirit of never giving up. Something she does and will practice for the rest of her life. We wish loads of success to this cancer survivor of ours.
Aniket Ghorpade, a nineteen year old from Buldhana, visited our Mumbai centre in 2016 after he was diagnosed with blood cancer. He came with his parents while undergoing treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
Aniket has been a friendly and an enthusiastic cancer warrior and would willingly participate in all the activities planned by the centre. His brave spirit kept him on and going with his education while undergoing cancer treatment. For records, he is now pursuing his graduation.
Aniket defeated cancer in 2019 and became a cancer survivor. He aspires to join the Indian Army someday. As of now, he is planning to join The National Cadet Corps (NCC).