In Memory of Priyanka -
Parents launch Change for Childhood Cancer in Surat
Together with Cankids Kidscan
Priyanka Jariwala would have turned 23 today. Sadly she didn’t survive her battle against blood cancer and passed away last May 2017. Diagnosed with ALL – Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, in May 2016, she relapsed before the maintenance phase of her treatment could start in April 2017. She was being treated in the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek California, close to home, where she lived with her 3 other sisters and parents. Sandip and Archana had moved from Surat to USA in 1987 and run a hotel in Alameda, California.
Golden Crab ALL Fund
Targeted Precision Medicine helps girl win
second battle against blood cancer -
Father launches Golden Crab ALL Fund in India on
FEB 15th International Childhood Cancer Day
For little Braveheart Myrrah Shapoo, the past five years have been a tale of tribulation and triumph.
When her cancer returned in Jan 2015, a bare 30 months after she was first diagnosed with ALL – Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, with no clear road map of what was driving her disease, Dr Amita Mahajan her treating doctor at Indraprastha Apollo Cancer Institute, encouraged the family to take their daughter to the United States — specifically, to New York–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center — where a group of pediatric oncologists was developing a new, personalized approach to treating cancer by conducting an extremely detailed analysis of each patient’s DNA.
ALL is a cancer of the blood — specifically of the white blood cells. Typically those cells work with the immune system to fight infection and protect the body against disease, but in children with ALL, an uncontrollable proliferation of cancerous white blood cells upsets the delicate constitution of the bloodstream, crowding out normal white blood cells, as well as red blood cells and platelets. This makes it impossible for the body to properly fight infection, absorb oxygen, or heal wounds.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common form of cancer in children. Its survival outcomes in the developed Western world is as high as 90% - and even in India – in the best of cancer centers 70-80%.