Niekunj Chavda

First post: 8/3/2017 Latest post: 8/28/2017
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A suspected gym injury in the right ankle led to a diagnosis of bone cancer for Nikunj Chavda, an otherwise healthy 35 year old, business consultant.  In his mid 30s, this handsome, educated, successful, socially active and quite the charmer was at the peak of everything.  So full of life and adventures, he started his journey to battle Osteosarcoma.  Surgeons at Memorial Sloan Kettering removed his cancer from his right leg, and replaced it with a highly functional prosthetic that allowed him to run, shovel the snow, rake the leaves, and return back to normal life.

 Less than 2 years later, the cancer came back consuming more than a quarter of his left and right lungs.  This time, married with a child on the way, he informed his doctors that he would go through the toughest treatment plan for the best chance to survive the disease.  2 thoracic surgeries later and after completing a few rounds of chemotherapy which included some clinical trials and immunotherapies, going through the best treatment plans MSKCC has to offer, the cancer was in control and Niek was recovering and enjoying his time with birth of his son, Chase Chavda.  Unfortunately, 7 months later the cancer came back and spread to his neck.  He underwent another difficult and complicated surgery that left his arm almost paralyzed with excruciating nerve pain that radiates down to his fingers.  Niek is currently battling tumors that are present in his neck, spine and lungs.  It has been a tumultuous uphill battle and through it all he does it with a positive outlook and a radiant smile.  Such is our beloved son, husband, relative, father, and friend.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers and continue to show your love and bring smiles during these tough times.

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