Life often takes a toll on us as humans. The good and the bad tend to affect our bodies but what matters is how we slant it. These two brothers, Faris and Firoz, have been battling Leukemia since their early ages.
Faris was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015. Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Cells in the bone marrow undergo a leukemic change changing them to leukemia cells which grow and survive better than the normal cells. This affected Faris’s immunity and required him to have a transplant. In a transplant, the leukemia cells in the bone marrow are wiped out with chemotherapy and sometimes radiation. At his young age of 9 years, Faris managed to go for 20 chemotherapy cycles but his family could not afford the remaining 4 cycles of chemo.
In early 2018 his younger brother Firoz started having frequent infections with persistent high fevers. Baby Firoz, at 2 years of age, suffered broken arms and legs without getting involved in any sort of accidents. This raised an alarm to the doctors in Mombasa immediately as he also had several swollen nodes on his neck and head. After running tests to determine what the issue was it was discovered that Firoz had Lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer similar to that of his brother Faris. Firoz was then immediately referred for a cancer specialized treatment on cancer management abroad. It was a shock for two siblings to suffer from the same disease.
An analysis of more than 30 years of research has revealed the underlying cause of the most common form of leukemia in children. Research compiled in Nature Reviews Cancer suggests that acute lymphoblastic leukemia occurs by a two-step-process. A first mutation occurs in the fetus and a second mutation later in life triggered by infections spur the cancer to develop.
“Cancer journey goes beyond the treatment. It’s about care and affection. It’s about who walks with you on that battle field. Whether you win or lose, you are still a victor because that’s where the intermission begins.” – Jimia Yusef Abdul, Secretary General at Fadlcarda Leukemia Foundation.
“Cure” is often not a word associated with diseases like leukemia. But for Mombasa resident Jimia, there had to be a way to show these brothers care and affection. After setting up a campaign on online based fundraising platform M-Changa, the community generously supported the campaign contributing KSH. 295,683 for Faris’s campaign and KSH.1,054,207 for Firoz’s campaign. Miraculously, the boys were able to receive treatment and are now on maintenance.
As we’re all too familiar, large expenses such as medical costs come at unexpected times. This makes them almost impossible to plan for financially creating the need to fund raise from family, friends and even strangers. To start your own fundraiser, use this link.
M-Changa is a Kenyan online fundraising platform that was launched in 2012 to make fundraising more convenient, more efficient and more secure than the traditional harambee. To date, over 30,000 fundraisers have raised millions of dollars from over 500,000 contributors.