Harteij Bharatesh is a brave man embarking upon a unique journey. Having battled cancer for nearly four years, this twenty-six-year-old hero is biking across India in order to spread awareness about this dire disease.
Bharatesh started his journey in Raipur, Chhatisgarh on his Kawaski Ninja 300, on May 1st, 2016, and hopes to accomplish thirty thousand kilometres within the next five months. Bharatesh aims to spread the message that cancer can be defeated, through his campaign Ride of Hope.
Ride Of Hope
In his fourth year of law school, Bharatesh was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; a cancer originating from lymphocytes. After many sessions of chemotherapy, Bharatesh’s current expedition is the first time he has stepped out of his home and explored the country. Bharatesh has visited numerous medical centers and interacted with patients, hoping to inspire them by sharing his personal story.
“For over six months, I was on alternative medicines and I didn’t opt for chemotherapy. I avoided the treatment fearing its side-effects wouldn’t let me complete my studies. But I was wrong. I should have taken the right treatment soon after the diagnosis. One of the first things I tell cancer patients is to undergo proper treatment from the word go,” he said to The Times Of India.
Looking back on an unforgettable encounter with a little girl suffering from cancer, Bharatesh says, “I met her in Hyderabad. She was barely three. She asked her mother if I was also a cancer patient. She asked me to take her to an amusement park after her treatment was over. Many fellow patients feel stronger after hearing my tale and pour their hearts out to me.”
The Logical Indian supports and thanks Harteij Bharatesh for embarking on this brave journey and commends him for advocating for such a worthy cause.