Alvin is only 2-years-old and has stage 4 cancer.As you read this, he’s undergoing painful chemotherapy. The tumour that started near his kidney has now spread to his spine and brain. He’s in the hospital every 15 days, and when he’s not asleep due to exhaustion, he’s crying. Alvin is running out of time. His father, Naveen, is a food delivery man in Jakarta. The only time he can go for work is when Alvin is not in the hospital. And those days are rare now. Naveen and Rani are shattered and helpless – they see no other way to save their son from this disease.
'This baby was living with cancer for months and his parent didn't even know'
Nearly 5 months ago, the ever-smiling baby Alvin fell sick. Within a week, he was in the hospital for fever and leg pain. On his 2nd birthday in October, Alvin was discharged. It was a small celebration that day - with cake and candles - and it was Naveen and Rani's last celebration. A few weeks later, his fever returned. Alvin was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissues. It’s most often found in the small glands on top of the kidneys. It can develop in the stomach, chest, or spine.
"It was already at stage 4 when they found out. That means for months, the baby was living with cancer and they didn’t even know. He showed no symptoms until 5 months ago. Yes, he fell sick every now and then. But it was just a mild fever. Cancer crept into the baby lives so quietly.”
Naveen, the sole breadwinner, was forced to quit his previous job to take care of Alvin
One month after his diagnosis, Naveen had to quit his job as a graphic designer in a small company because he had been on leave for too long in order to be with alvin. He then joined KFC as a delivery executive due to the flexible work days.
“He go for work only when they are at home. Both of them have to stay in the hospital with Alvin. He have to run around for the tests, medicines and food. And his wife can’t leave Alvin side. He had no option but start working as a delivery executive. This way he can be with his son in the hospital and work on the days he's not. But that doesn’t leave him with much.”
Unfortunately, Naveen didn’t have family insurance when his son was diagnosed. He got only Goverment Insurance ( BPJS ), so the USD2500 he’s spent till now has been out of his savings and by borrowing from relatives.
Alvin's cancer can spread and kill him without timely treatment
Alvin's fight continues. He was growing, like any other child, before cancer appeared unannounced. He has completed 5 cycles of chemotherapy and needs one more before he has surgery to remove the tumour near his kidney. He also needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Naveen doesn’t have the means to save his son. Because of the number of days he can work, he earns around USD 300 per month, an amount that barely covers even his medicines. Alvin needs your help.
“He’s very critical. The cancer can spread and kill him without treatment. They can’t save their only child without your help.”
Your support will save Alvin from this aggressive cancer and give him the childhood he deserves