Parents try crowdfunding to save daughter’s life


Primary school child has DIPG, a fast growing brain tumour

It began with a diagnosis that shocked her parents all beyond belief. In August 2016, Riaa Kulkarni was found to have a condition called DIPG, a fast developing brain tumour. A primary school student in Carrum, Australia, she began missing classes and was restricted to her hospital bed.

Riaa has been suffering for over two years now. I request you to help her family to afford her treatment so she can recover and go back to school. Please contribute and share this page with your family and friends by sharing on social media.

Soon after her diagnosis, Riaa began receiving radiation therapy, which continued for nearly a year. Her parents paid the entire medical bill from their own pockets, hoping against hope it would beat the cancer. However, the nature of the tumour was so aggressive that therapy couldn’t kill the cells faster than they were regenerating.

After some contemplation, her parents took a deep breath and decided to let doctors operate on her. The operation costs emptied her parents’ savings.

Soon after the operation, the resilient child was back on her feet again. However, merely five months later, in June 2017, her parents were horrified to see her showing the same symptoms again. The doctors were now unable to ensure her recovery in their hands and advised the family to fly down to Monterrey, Mexico, where she would receive more effective treatment solutions. Riaa’s parents knew they had to give Mexico a try despite their depleted finances, considering it their last sliver of hope.

The community they lived in, Carrum, began their own fundraising initiative to help afford the travel expenses and the second round of treatment. They were able to travel to Monterrey and begin the treatment at Monash Children’s Hospital, but need another INR 40 lakhs to be able to pay the full medical bills posed to them.

A fundraiser has been created on and so far over INR 45 lakhs has been raised but more is still needed to reach the goal. So, if you would like to help, log into to


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