Help is urgently needed to continue treating His Holiness Gunagrahi Maharaja’s aggressive stage-4 prostate cancer.
Funds are needed to continue his care. The medications currently keeping the cancer in check, cost $3400 each month.
Gunagrahi Maharaja joined ISKCON in 1969 and was initiated by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in 1971. He took Sannyasa initiation in 1983. For almost a half century, Maharaja has taught Krishna Consciousness, managed ISKCON projects and traveled tirelessly in the service of Srila Prabhupada.
Maharaja is presently staying in Vrndavana where he can remain immersed in the Holy Names. Special thanks to those of you who gave during our funding drive a couple years ago. Those funds have carried maharaja during this serious illness, but they are now depleted.
For 18 months, the cancer was somewhat suppressed by the palliative drug, Lupron. However, two months ago the drug stopped working, Maharaja's PSA numbers began rising and the pain level greatly increased. Two new medications, degarelix and enzalutamide were then introduced and thankfully, tests revealed the cancer has once again slowed down. This is a hopeful turn of events.
These new drugs are extremely expensive even in India, costing approximately $3400 per month. Funds are urgently needed to purchase these expensive medications, and to cover living expenses, doctors' expenses, radiation therapy, dietary needs, relieving supplements, pain medications, and pain management treatments.
Our goal is to raise $30,000, to assure Gunagrahi Maharaja optimum care and comfort in the coming months. Please take advantage of this opportunity to assist this remarkable, devoted general in Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental army.
Thank you very much.