On Dec 16th 2019, Mehta family lost a dear son, a good father and a loving husband. Gyanchand (Gyan, Gyani) passed away after an excruciating but very brave two year battle with cancer. He lived an exemplary life by guiding peers and juniors in many ways. He also cared deeply for people in need, both within and outside his circle of acquaintances. Gyan was close to so many of us and his memories will be cherished forever.
Gyan is survived by his wife Rachana and 2 kids, Vibha (9 years) and Laksh (5 years). Currently, Rachana and kids have emotional support of family, friends and Gyanchand's colleagues. However, Rachana has been a housewife throughout. We strongly felt that financial help is necessary to deal with the loss. In memory of Gyan and with his family's approval, we have created this GoFundMe page. All proceeds will go directly to Rachana to help them in the near future and in times to come.
Please continue to keep Mehta family in your prayers.
Case for financial help:
While Gyan had health coverage through the employer, Gyan had mentioned that family has substantial out-of-pocket expenses that is yet to be paid. Gyan did not want any help towards paying those bills. As Rachana has been a house-wife so far, we feel that the money raised will be needed to support the family, especially kids' education.
More about Gyanchand's battle with cancer:
Gyanchand was diagnosed with Myeloid Dysplasia in April of 2018. The alarmingly low RBC, platelet, and WBC counts meant that he was in grave danger and needed multiple blood transfusions every week. He underwent harsh chemotherapy regimen for many months while managing medical complications such as high blood pressure, fistula and appendicitis. To deal with the pain and emotional toll, he sought the refuge of books, meditation, pranayama (breathing control) and conversations with friends. He underwent what looked to be successful bone marrow transplant in February 2019. The bone marrow biopsy results also meant that he was 'cancer-free' for practical purposes. The donor cells were also producing blood cells in a satisfactory manner. However, he started suffering from multi-organ GVHD which ultimately became debilitating. Clinical management of GVHD became quite challenging with viral flares and other complications. Even with all these, Gyan managed to find new clients in his consultancy role and always looked forward to work. Finally, with fungal sinusitis and pneumonia, doctors felt that only miracles could save him. Gyan refused ICU care and wanted to improve his condition sheerly by his Will Power. He spent his last days contacting many friends and being with his close family and friends. His body finally succumbed with a rupture in the lungs.
More about Gyanchand:
Gyanchand was a fun living and easy-going person. He sought and nurtured friendships. He took a lot of satisfaction from guiding acquaintances in matters of his expertise. His humanity knew no bounds. He was especially passionate about financial matters: financial literacy, financial freedom, financial prudence etc. He was a voracious reader, always on the look out for emerging trends of the world.
Originally from India, Gyan held a high regard for entrepreneurial, industrious, and innovative work culture prevalent in the USA. Similarly, he was in awe of elite universities of the land. He was very keen to ensure that his kids get the best higher education that they can possibly get.
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