16-year-old Raghav Chandak has not let cancer come in the way of his 10th grade Board exams. His dream to excel in his ICSE examination has now come true. He has scored 95.8 per cent-even after studying in his hospital bed. Raghav, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in April last year, was able to attend classes in the Heritage School for only about two months. “My cousin who also studies in the same class supplied all notes to me,” said Raghav, as reported by DNA.
“He was in hospital for one-and-a-half months at a stretch. And then he had to go for about seven days each month to the hospital for chemotherapy which weakened his immune system but not the spirit to fight,” his proud father Manoj Chandak said. The school gave him all the support he needed and was even asked to call up teachers directly for any help. Class notes were also arranged for him even when he was getting chemotherapy at the Tata Medical Centre.
The family was stunned when Raghav was diagnosed with cancer. “We thought he will not be able to appear for the exams. We went to the school and told them about it. They said, you take care of the medical condition and we will take care of his studies,” the father said. A special bench was laid out in the classroom for him whenever he went to attend any lecture as there was a fear of infection spreading on to other students. “I would not have been able to do this without everyone’s support – my parents, teachers, friends, cousin and our family doctor,” the teenager said. A football fan, he dreams of getting into the IITs after finishing school.
Think Change India congratulates Raghav on his achievement and wishes him all the very best for his future.