Reuben Mathew is 32 years old; in 2009, he moved to America, leaving behind his family and friends back home in Mumbai, with big dreams. He came here for school on an H1 Visa and has since worked his way to become a driven engineer. Excited to live the American dream, he studied hard and adventured harder.
However, in 2015, Reuben got diagnosed with ATRT, a rare and fast-growing cancerous tumor of the brain and spinal cord. After various treatments, in August of 2017 the cancer returned more aggressive than before. He started losing his vision, balance, and mobility—leaving him bed ridden. For the past eight months, Reuben has been moved from various hospitals and rehab facilities as he fights the cancer. He has lost the ability to walk, talk, and eat.
Reuben’s mom came from Mumbai to care for Reuben and has not left his side since the cancer returned. This has been a long journey for Reuben and his mom, with many obstacles along the way, but God has provided every moment. All things considered, Reuben wants to go home to Mumbai to fight this battle with the support of his family and friends and we want to take him there.
Your donation will contribute to medical expenses (treatment, health care providers, equipment) and travel costs. All proceeds will go directly to Reuben. God bless you!
April 4, 2018
Because of the amazing and rapid repsonse that we have received, GoFundMe has asked that I give some information about myself and my relationship with Reuben to maintain the integrity of the fund.
My aunt met Reuben and his mother in one of the hospitals that Reuben was first being treated at after the cancer had returned. She saw an unfamiliar malayalee family and spoke to them. After learning of Reuben's story, she introduced my mother, who had urged me to meet Reuben.
In September, my life changed after meeting Reuben and his mother. In just seven months, two people who were complete strangers to me have become my family.
My name is Asish Mathew. I'm from Dallas, TX, where Reuben most recently relocated. This fund was started after witnessing firsthand the immense financial toll that treatment and future intervention has/will take(n). There is a group of us here in Dallas that frequently get to spend time with Reuben and his mother. Our spirits are lifted after just a few moments with them. Reuben has impacted our lives greatly and this is the least that we could do.
Enough about me (hope this is enough for GoFundMe)
- SHAILENDRA Bhorkar
- Lizy Philip
- Monil Gandhi
- Lincy Mathew
- Vijendrakumar Ashiwal
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