THE POWER OF good Samaritans in the virtual world has reinstated our faith in humanity yet again. On November 15, the Humans of Bombay Facebook page profiled a cancer patient from Gujarat who had moved to Mumbai to attend college. Soon, Rushi discovered he had an incredibly rare form of cancer and would require a bone marrow transplant and multiple rounds of costly chemotherapy. Stunned to learn that his treatment had been stopped due to lack of funds, netizens banded together and raised over 25 lakh rupees in just 15 hours.
In the viral Facebook post, Rushi described poignantly how his father, with a salary of just Rs. 15,000, managed to save almost Rs. 13 lakh for his college fees. Rushi wrote he always dreamed of earning his MBA and his parents never once let the worry of finances prevent him from pursuing his dreams.
But a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) briefly derailed Rushi's plans.
After eight cycles of chemotherapy - each costing Rs. 2.5 lakh - Rushi's treatment was stopped due to lack of funds.
"Seeing my father worried is more difficult than braving these chemotherapy cycles," he wrote. "It's even worse that I can't do my MBA and give my parents the life they deserve... I'm trying to show him the brighter side - I tell him that it's good that I've received another year to prepare for the entrance exam so I'll try to get into the IIMs, but it's tough."
This is when Humans Of Bombay stepped in to share his story to the world. This heart-touching story managed to bring all the good Samaritans out there under one roof and hence began the most astonishing drive. Rushi’s story touched so many people that the campaign collected over Rs 25 Lacs in less than a day! Yes, you read that right.
Read the post in its entirety below:
Stories like these are not only heart-warming but also a proof that there is goodness in the society even in the middle of so much negativity.