Oakridgers Continue Oozing Kindness and Compassion in Every Possible Way!
We are proud of our good samaritan Keerthana of MYP Grade 9, as she reached out to a cancer patient for his treatment with Rs 2 lakh that she had raised through her own contacts. Her inspiring story got featured in The Times of India.
Keerthana had understood at a very early age how mentally and physically challenging life would be for a cancer survivor when her mom was diagnosed with cancer at a very young age. After the treatment ended, determined not to let the grief overtake her when the cancer was diagnosed, she decided to celebrate the day. On September 5th, which is both Teacher’s Day and her mom’s Cancerversary day(who is also a teacher), Keerthana used to visit hospitals to cheer and bring hope amongst other cancer warriors.
However, this year, COVID-19 social distancing posed a new challenge, and to overcome it – she decided to overturn the adversity into an opportunity. Through A-Roh( a registered NGO for children with cancer), she got to know about a 17-year-old teen whose cancer had relapsed and required immediate treatment to save his life. His father, being a lorry driver, wasn’t able to meet the expenses. With the support of many kind-hearted people, Keerthana has raised more than two lakhs for this boy that would directly go to the boy’s medical expenses. She hopes for many kids to join hands with her and work as a team to uplift the lives of many cancer warriors who would need financial support and various other supports.