Residents pay tribute to young cancer victim

2017-06-08 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedFriends of Bikash Ramdeen, Caelyn Ragadu (left) and Reuven Govender hold a banner bearing his image at a march in Verulam.

PHOTO: suppliedFriends of Bikash Ramdeen, Caelyn Ragadu (left) and Reuven Govender hold a banner bearing his image at a march in Verulam.

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RESIDENTS, local organisations and family members of a boy who succumbed to cancer on July 20, 2016 held a march in Verulam in his memory on May 27.

Bikash Ramdeen (15) from Verulam was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and died at Mount Edgecombe Hospital two years later.

The aim of the march was to raise awareness in the community, honour cancer victims and those living with the disease.

Residents, family members, Verulam Regional Hospice staff and local churches gathered at the Verulam BP garage and marched to the Verulam CBD raising awareness about cancer.

Bikash’s mother, Anita said: “The family embraced this extraordinary gifted child and started a cancer foundation with Bible Light Ministries and Pastor Gregory Moonsamy to create awareness about the disease that affects so many children and adults.

Bible Light Ministries was able to feed 500 needy families with hot dogs, juice and party packs.”

She said that her son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014.

“He received chemotherapy for almost two years and succumbed to his illness in July last year.

“Bikash was an extraordinary child who had an encounter with the Lord Jesus­ Christ in the last months of his life.”

She said her son told her that he had seen the Lord, but the family thought he was hallucinating due to the chemotherapy.

“He indeed had visions of the Lord when he began preaching verses from the Bible and talking in tongues.

“He came from a staunch Hindu background. He was blind, but was able to ‘see’ who was around him without even hearing the voices.

“He had many encounters with the Lord and revealed this to his family.

“One such revelation was that he wrote a letter to the Lord which was found after he passed on before his funeral. It was left under his pillow.

On July 19, he told Pastor Fabian that he was going to be healed and will be going home on July 20. And he indeed passed away on July 20.”

She urged the public to join in such drives and help to raise awareness about cancer.

“The family would like to thank the Verulam Regional Hospice for partaking in the event and Pastor Jay of the Verulam forum.

“Also heartfelt thanks to Dinesh Sirkar for sponsorships, not forgetting Pastor Gregory Moonsamy and Bible Light Ministries for making the day a huge success.”




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