Meet The Virdees
Just shy of Reuben’s third birthday, his family’s world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma. Parents, Kulwant and Jess, were devastated and Reuben’s younger brother—affectionately known as “Hurricane Hari”—was only eight weeks old.
The family spent nearly two years apart, living between hospitals and home. Reuben underwent a barrage of scans, biopsies, transfusions and chemotherapy before finally being declared cancer-free earlier this year. “You look back on it and you don’t really know how you did it,” remarked Jess.
Concerned about the potential for relapse and the prognosis should that happen, the Virdees made the decision to bring Reuben to the US for a clinical trial that would hopefully prevent his cancer from coming back. Getting to NYC was another battle as several administrative hiccups left their final preparations down to the wire; however, once the family arrived, St. George’s Society was there.