Sept 23, 2020: Megha's treatment has been
shifted to CMC Vellore hospital for the bone marrow
transplant. Accommodation has been arranged. She will be
admitted to the hospital on 28th and expected to be in
the hospital for a month. After that another month she
will have to meet the doctor every 3 days to assess the
progress. Family is leaving to Vellore on 27th and
expected to stay there for at least 2 months. Pallium
India registration process has been taken care. During
the admission time they will get the instructions on how
to make the payments directly to the hospital.
Sept 18, 2020: With the new test results, Megha
needs to go through bone marrow transplant. Luckily her
father has been identified as a perfect donor match.
Bone marrow process pushes the total cost to Rs 22 - 25
lakhs (~$30,000). Another result is awaited from a lab
in Delhi. We will have the new treatment estimate from
the doctor once this result is available around Sept
12, 2020: Megha is the youngest daughter of a
clerical worker in the sales department of a
distributor based in Ernakulam. She showed the symptoms of chronic
coughs and on further evaluations, she was diagnosed
myeloid leukemia - a form of blood cancer. For the first phase of
the treatments, the
estimated expenses are around Rs 10 lakhs (~$15,000). Chemotherapy
has been started. Further tests are done, and its likely
that she may have to go through bone marrow transplant.
If thats required expenses would go up to Rs 25 lakhs
(~$35,000). We are trying to help the family with the
first phase of the treatment. With the savings family
have, and with the local fundraising they have almost
around Rs 3 lakhs. Through this fundraiser we are trying
to find the remaining Rs 7 lakhs ($10,000).
On top of Megha's case, the
fundraiser will also support
equipping the Govt hospital in Pathanamthitta
with a ventilator and supporting Seattle Children's
We are partnering with Dallas based
group of friends called "Stand With Kerala" and Seattle
based Kerala Association of WA's Charity wing
(www.kaow.org/kawcharity.html) to find the necessary funding for all the
1. What’s the plan to
transfer the funds?
For Megha, we will transfer the
funds to Pallium India (www.palliumindia.org) and they
will distribute the funds either directly to the
hospital or reimburse based on the bills. Care & Share
has been working with Pallium India for the past 14
years, and have supported many individuals through
2. Why are you sending the funds
through Pallium India?
Pallium India supports serious
life threatening patients. They have FCRA approval from
Indian government to accept foreign funds. This account
goes through rigorous auditing by the revenue department
on the fund utilization. This gives us added confidence
on the usage of the funds we send. We never send funds
to individuals as it can't be audited.
3. Who is the point of contact to get the details?
You may contact Ashley Elenjickal 425 273 6021 or Jojo
Kottackal 972 904 1857 or anyone with KAW team
https://kaow.org/team.html to get more information.
4. Why do Care & Share
specifically support this case?
Care & Share’s policy
is not to use general funds for the treatment expenses
of individuals as we can’t scale to the requests and
doesn’t have resources to verify all the details. But we
always extend our framework to anyone who are interested
to do ad-hoc fundraisers like this. Other requirement is
that there should be an organization in India with FCRA
approval to accept foreign funds. Thanks to Sreeraj from
Mourya Groceries in Seattle for
taking genuine interest in this case and making efforts
to support Megha.
Interest from 'Stand With Kerala' and KAW Charity further anchored
this case. We could also get the help of Pallium India to route
the funds to hospital.