Rahul Kukreti, former captain of the USA cricket team and son of retired IAF pilot, Dinesh Kukreti, was diagnosed with dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma (a rare and fast growing cancer) in October 2018. This happened all of a sudden as he has been extremely healthy at 42, parenting his 3 young kids (1, 7,8) while balancing work and an active sports life.
Rahul immigrated to the US from Chandigarh in his late teens along with his parents. At a very early age, he started working to support his family while getting a computer science degree and later a master's degree at the University of Texas, Dallas. Rahul worked as an engineer and later as a Program Manager in various Fortune 500 companies in the DFW metroplex. A few years ago, Rahul ventured into the entrepreneurial world developing a SaaS product to help companies recruit talent. Unfortunately, just as the product was getting ready to be unleashed and marketed, this disaster has struck, leaving Rahul incapacitated and fighting for a cure. He is supported by his wife,Abha who is a great homemaker parenting 3 kids, his retired father, Dinesh and his mom who is also a home maker.
The cancer is extremely rare and needs innovative treatments that are not available through regular medical channels. We are exploring all options including clinical trials and other types of immunotherapy from around the world. At this time the cancer is spreading fast and requires to be suppressed first and then treated. We are requesting funds ASAP to help with all aspects of his treatment.
Those who know Rahul would vouch for him being the most loyal of friends, a caring family man, extremely charitable and a "never give up" spirit on the cricket field. If anyone can get out of this, we know Rahul can but he just needs the support, prayers and the funds that will allow trying every option available.
Update 3rd March, 2019
Rahul has been taking MEK inhibitors for 5 days which has been giving him some strength.
The plan is to get him started on a immunotherapy treatment that researchers and oncologists have recommended.
Rahul is the first case of this particular type of cancer with the conditions that the top cancer researchers and medics have seen and there will be a case study on this.
Rahul would like to thank all of you for your prayers and support as we embark on the next stage of this journey with clinical trials of immunotherapy. He will have to travel to Asia to take some of this medication as its still not available in North America.
Also Rahul was felicitated on Feb 23rd by the North Texas Cricket Association with the first LifeTime Achievement Award presented by the 25 year old organization for Rahul's accomplishments over more than 2 decades. His heartfelt acceptance speech will be posted shortly.