A father’s heartfelt appeal: Help me save my 2.5 year old from blood cancer

It has been 7 months since my 2.5-year-old son, Shaurya, was diagnosed with Leukemia. I’m sure cancer has never met a soul like him. He’s over 200 days and 4 chemotherapy sessions into the disease, but his spirit and smile remain unfazed.

Updated: November 23, 2017 3:59 pm
Blood Cancer, Blood cancer treatment, cancer Treatment, Cancer among kids Always creating a ruckus in the hospital, Shaurya is the apple of everyone’s eye.

The last time I cried was when my son said to me, “Is this my new hairstyle baba? But there’s no hair at all!” He was chuckling, running his hand over his hairless head.

It has been 7 months since my 2.5-year-old son, Shaurya, was diagnosed with Leukemia. I’m sure cancer has never met a soul like him. He’s over 200 days and 4 chemotherapy sessions into the disease, but his spirit and smile remain unfazed. I feel like a failure who can’t even pay a sum of 15 lakh to save his son from dying. This is perhaps why I wish to share my story with you.

My name is Deepak Chaurasia. I live in Charni Road with my parents, wife, and Shaurya. I’m a team leader at Syska Accessories and earn a sum of 18,000 per month. My salary is the only source of income for our family of five. When I received the news about Shaurya’s illness, I knocked on every possible loved one’s door for help. With their contribution, I managed to gather Rs. 8.5 lakh, but it was all in vain. All that money was exhausted in paying the piled up bills and purchasing the pending prescribed medicines. It drained me off my savings bringing me back to zero. Now I have no source of help left to gather Rs. 15 lakh all over again. I feel utterly broken and helpless. Donations are the only option left for me.


Sometimes, a seemingly ordinary day can change your whole life. My life changed in February 2017 when one day my son developed rashes on his face. This was followed by swollen shoulders and high fever. Worried, we rushed him to the hospital, where a devastating diagnosis shattered our world – Shaurya had blood cancer. It took a lot of time for me to just accept that my son had cancer. I couldn’t muster the courage to inform my wife. I kept this news from her for over 10 days. What if she couldn’t handle it? What if she cried in front of our son? How will a 2.5-year-old battle cancer if two full grown adults cry in front of him? We have to be his strength, after all.

Always creating a ruckus in the hospital, my Shaurya is the apple of everyone’s eye. Nobody believes us when we tell them our son has blood cancer. He is always so playful and cheerful. There are times when his mother and I look away when the doctors come to draw blood, but he is always ready and willing. I still remember how nervous we were the first time he was getting an injection. We held him close and placed his favorite Perk chocolate in his hand. Since that day, every time the doctor arrives, he looks at me and asks for another. That’s all he needs to face the needle. So we have kept a jar full of chocolates by his bedside. I feel my son is way stronger than his parents, and that makes me proud.

Shaurya has a machine attached to his body. He has undergone 4 out of 5 cycles of chemotherapy that are required currently. Doctors say that he would need to continue the treatment for at least 2.5 years. There are times when he’s required to spend more than a month at the hospital because the cycle lasts for over 45 days. It’s heartbreaking to see his childhood getting lost in hospitals. I know my son deserves a better life and your donations can help me give him that.

The doctors are very surprised with his response to the treatment. They had warned me of sad times but ever since his diagnosis, I’ve only seen smiles in place of sadness and hope in place of despair. That makes me very nervous. I keep fearing that one day I’ll wake up to a weak and sad Shaurya. I hope to get his treatment started as soon as I can. If my son loses his precious smile, it will devastate me.

Please help me maintain that smile on Shaurya’s face by donating to our fundraiser on Ketto.

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  1. N
    Oct 6, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    There are not enough Asian blood, marrow and organ donors registered. In UK as an Indian I registered for bone marrow donation at a temple, giving a blood sample. Then after 10 years on the donor list I got call to say there was a possible match and I ended up giving bone marrow donation to a child somewhere. It was straightforward and I was in and out in a day. Please all register to give marrow or organ donation. You never know you or somebody you know may need it one day.
    1. Adeep Tandon
      Oct 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm
      Dear Mr.Deepak Chaurasia there is a latest medicine for cure of blood cancer called " Imitinef Mercilet " available in PUNE for free at " Yashodha Hematology Cancer Ins ute, 109,Mangal Murty Complex, Hirabaug Chowk, Tilak Road, Pune :- 411002. Phone : 020-24484214, 09590908080, 09545027772 or visit : - practo for appointment. God bless the child.
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        Chandra Sekhar Gahan
        Oct 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm
        I request you to all please stop negative comments, if you are not willing to contribute that is fine and please be quite. No one asking you to share your views. You never face such a scenario, when you face then that will make you realize.
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          kamath Ramesh
          Oct 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm
          It is sad that such a young child is undergoing such a phase. However such story should give the name f the hospital doctors treating the patient, bank details preferably the one opened by a recognized hospital specifically for this. Whoever read the story may transfer the funds according his wish. IE must also make sure this is a genuine case.
          1. B
            Oct 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm
            I have all my sympathies with you. Pl note cancer is not a death sentence. Kindly consult Naturopath(integrated medicine) . Proper diet can make child to bear pain etc much better. Kindly listen to chrisbeatcancer . I can understand your pain but I sincerely request you to find out some proper naturopath . Because chemo will not treat the problem . I will do whatever little I can do but pl evaluate alternative therapies. Because pharmaceuticals/hospitals are only for money. They will not treat your son. They don 't have cure for cancer. They are not taught natural treatments. May. God bless you and your loved ones
            1. K
              Oct 5, 2017 at 2:03 pm
              Naturopaths CAN NOT TREAT THIS CONTINUE ALLOPATHY TREATMENT, on side you can have other treatments as well for satisfaction. Bone marrow transplant done?
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                Vishwanath Natarajan
                Oct 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm
                Please do not mislead an unfortunate family ..
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