Vishwa is the 15 year old son of my amazing friends Parvathy Anantnarayan and Matt Pearson. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in February of this year while he was visiting his grandparents in India. Recent PET scans tell us he is responding well to chemotherapy, which is a blessing and a relief to his family. Having a child diagnosed with cancer flips the whole family’s world upside down. Expenses come in all forms whether through the treatment itself; or the travel, lodging, and meals that result because of treatment; or through the regular expenses of life (house and car notes, insurance bills, electricity, utilities, etc). Especially since Vishwa is in another country, his parents are having to navigate their work schedules back in New Orleans, as well as take time off. The distance is definitely an obstacle that his family has had to overcome.
I met Parvathy and Matt in Lafayette, Louisiana when we attended graduate school in 2000. Their house was always kind and welcoming, and Parvathy’s infectious warmth and laughter (and maybe some homemade Chai tea) are what kept me sane throughout our studies. Whether you give to help them out with living expenses or just to provide them some relief through fun distractions, any little amount will help! Living expenses are crucial, but so is surviving in spirit, and distractions are what help families fighting cancer to recharge. I know this because we were in their shoes. Our child fought and lost her fight with pediatric cancer. They are a beautiful family. Please consider becoming a part of the village that sees them through this.
Our Give for Good site opens officially today, and all of the funds given will go to help families like this one, so please consider making a donation: