Dear Friends,

My name is Darren Balkaran, I am 36 years of age with a 4-year-old son and a wife. I am in urgent need of assistance for an immunotherapy drug called Nivolumab, which is very expensive and this will help slow the spread of my cancer, which is currently at stage 4.

My little family is all I have. I was retrenched from my only source of income in 2018, the same year my son was born. I had the honour of raising him as my wife worked to provide for us, who is also ill with an auto immune disease.

In November 2021, I was simply brushing my teeth and hit the side of my tongue, I thought nothing of it at first but then I noticed it was not healing. After several consultations with different doctors, I was finally diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the tongue stage 3. Due to the aggressiveness of the cancer, I could not have waited for the public health care system to facilitate the surgery I needed, so I opted to do the surgery privately as the wait time was shorter. The surgery left me speech impaired and on a feeding tube but it was successful. In March 2022, I started Chemotherapy at the St James Public Hospital and Radiation at Brian Lara which was again funded privately as the wait time was too long. Finally, I thought cancer was all behind me, and I even 'Rang the Bell' in April 2022 to celebrate the end of treatment.

However, three months later, there I was at a follow up consultation, being told the cancer is back but its worse than before - I am now at stage 4. Additionally, there was also a tumour in my neck, my jaw, behind my throat and in my lymph nodes. Surgery again was needed to be done asap as this time it was even more life threatening, and this was done privately in August 2022. This surgery was very extensive as the doctors had to break my jaw, clean out my neck of any tissues, cut my tongue again and then reconstruct my neck and tongue with tissues from my chest. I spent a week in ICU at St Augustine Private Hospital.

In November 2022, at a follow up consultation I got bad news again- despite all that was done, the cancer is still there. So now, I am actively on aggressive Chemotherapy at St James, however, the doctors have highly recommended a type of treatment called Immunotherapy. Currently this is not offered at public hospitals. It is critical I begin treatment as soon as financially possible to help slow the spread of the cancer to buy me enough time to restart Radiation.

The drug used is very expensive and at this point I have exhausted most of my savings as every scan and tests is completed privately because the wait list in the public health care system is too long.

I understand everyone is just simply trying to get by and survive, especially after the pandemic. Please help me get a chance to extend my life to see my son get older. My little family is all that I live for and that’s all that I ask for... just for more time with them. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.

If all you can do is offer me a prayer, I will appreciate that more than you know and thank you. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my story, and support in any way that you can.

May the Almighty bless you for your kindness and generosity.

Banking Info: Republic Bank Account: 260080411101 (chequings) Name: Rehana Juman

-Darren Balkaran
  • Dania Pariag
    Dania Pariag donated $405

    Praying that you are able to beat this 🙏

  • Shane Jankey
    Shane Jankey donated $1,350
  • Leeanne
    Leeanne donated $1,350

    God bless you

  • Darrel Ramesar
    Darrel Ramesar donated $675
  • Beverley Ayers
    Beverley Ayers donated $439

    Praying for you 🙏🏽

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous donated $135

    I hope this helps man.

  • Tatania Escobar
    Tatania Escobar donated $3,375

    Love you all🙏🏽🥰

  • Patricia Gosien Etter
    Patricia Gosien Etter donated $3,375

    Keeping you in my thoughts❤️ and prayers 🙏🏽

  • Jasmine Medina
    Jasmine Medina donated $675
  • Damian Juman
    Damian Juman donated $3,375

    Love and strength to you and your family, cousin ❤️


Help Darren beat cancer and get more time!

by Rehana Juman
Created Dec 14, 2022 | San Juan
$70,376 raised of $350,000 goal 20%
  • 81 Donations
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