This is a story of a young boy named Arsalan an active child who liked to play Soccer with his siblings and neighborhood kids. But one day, he said he was too tired and weak to join the others. Within days, he developed a fever and soon his abdomen and lymph nodes swelled. Blood work at the local infirmary revealed an abnormality. Hours later, Arsalan's family learned he suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer.
"My life crashed down on me, why my family? Didn’t we have enough problems with poverty." said Arsalan’s mother.
Arsalan began a MAHAK protocol of phased chemotherapy that will last two-and-a-half years. His cancer was soon in remission.
He explains when people ask why I do not have hair; I tell them “it is because of the medicine that gets the bad stuff out of my belly”. Arsalan has a great positive attitude and is very friendly with all the doctors, staff, and volunteers at the hospital.
Arsalan has a year left of treatment. He's happy to receive it at MAHAK and travels monthly for his treatment to the hospital.
Arsalan's family is grateful for the donors who support MAHAK. His mom said, "You shouldn't ever, as a parent, be in the situation where you're thinking should your money go to buying food for your children or to one child's treatment? MAHAK took this worry away from our family.”
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