At our school in Mtwapa school there is a young man named Seth who we have come to know quite well over the past 5 years. He is 25 years old and has served as both a teacher and a librarian for the school, Seth is one of the kindest people we have had the pleasure of knowing. A few years ago, Seth was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and unfortunately, they didn’t discover the cancer until it was already stage 4-C.
Over the past year, our ministry has been able to financially support Seth’s cancer treatments. He has faithfully traveled 10 hours by bus to the capital of Kenya, received his chemotherapy, immediately returned 10 hours on the same bus, and then attempted to continue teaching at school. In a recent conversation, Seth told me how sometimes he simply passes out on the bus from the pain and sickness caused by the chemo. Seth is a fighter.
When we were in Kenya this month, we had the opportunity to meet with Seth and the top oncologists in Kenya to discuss his treatment options moving forward. In these meetings, we discovered that the available doctors and medical treatments in Kenya are ill-equipped to treat Seth any longer. During his chemotherapy they ran out of the prescribed drugs and haphazardly prescribed a substitute, the doctors went on strike and canceled his appointments, and most of the available alternative treatments or surgeries are simply unavailable.
We spent several days in Nairobi investigating treatment options for Seth, only to conclude that his best chance for survival is to travel to India to receive chemotherapy, radiation, and a Bone Marrow Transplant. We met with several organizations, hospitals, and even a doctor from India to confirm that this is Seth’s only available treatment plan. Why India? Well, India is becoming a destination for people from all over the world for medical tourism. This is due to the high level of care they offer at a 1/10th of the price in comparison to many other places in the world. India is also the closest option for Seth that can provide a much needed Bone Marrow Transplant.
The plan is for Seth to travel to India along with a friend who will serve as his caretaker and from there begin a series of tests that are currently unavailable in Kenya. Based on his current reports, the most likely scenario is that he will undergo unusually high doses of chemotherapy followed by radiation. The hope, according to the doctors in India, is that they will be able to reverse the damage done by the maltreatment in Kenya and get the cancer into remission. After this, he will undergo the Bone Marrow Transplant. Seth’s stay in India will be somewhere between 3-6 months, this is quite a long time for a boy from the village!
I’m writing you today, out of a sense of desperation for Seth. While traveling with him to Nairobi, I could sense his fear and own desperation for something, anything to save his life. He expressed frustration with the doctors in Kenya, in a candid moment he even said that it “felt like torture.” In my prayers for Seth, the only answer I see is either a miracle from God or a miracle in India.
The challenge at this point, is only financial.
This is where you come in.
I would like to ask you to consider giving toward Seth’s cancer treatment. All donations are tax-deductible through Retouch and will go directly to Seth’s treatment.
The total cost for Seth’s treatment, travel, and stay in India is $30,000, several others are helping to host fundraisers for Seth with each person hoping to collectively raise enough to save Seth’s life. I need your help.