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In memory of daughter: Amritsar couple find new way of educating poor children

Tribune News Service

Manmeet Singh Gill

Amritsar, May 18

In a unique initiative, a local couple, who lost their daughter last year to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare cancer of the brain, have come up with a plan to cherish their memory by funding the education of the poor. Got a good idea. Student from sale of plant saplings prepared by his mother.

26-year-old Koder Rehas had left for the heavenly abode in May last year after fighting the disease for more than two years. A prolific coder, Rehas who was twice invited by the likes of Google and the Linux Foundation to give talks in the US, also wrote two poetry books – Rhymes of a Daydream and A Code of Thought.

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26-year-old daughter Rehas was diagnosed with rare brain cancer, but now they raise money for the education of poor children by selling saplings in her memory

Her mother Dr. Gagandeep, a biochemist, (in picture) is collecting plants and flowering plants to fill the gap left by her daughter. Now, the family has decided to use the saplings and flowering plants propagated by the mother for the education of the poor students.

Rehas’ father Dr Amarjeet Sachdeva, a dermatologist, said: “We have already sold around 250 saplings and use the proceeds to gift uniforms to students at Missiondeep Public School.”

He said that the formal launch of the project named Daisies Green Gifts was done by MLA Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh on Tuesday. He said that saplings can be collected from his residence in C Block Ranjit Avenue.

Sachdeva said that they are also running an awareness program for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and Pediatric Cancer. He said the tumor rarely occurs in adults and is most commonly diagnosed in children between the ages of four and 11. He said that there is no cure for this disease.

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