Ilford boy battling cancer stars Youtube Stands Up To Cancer campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:59 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:59 21 October 2015

Amarvir Chatha, 11, with his brothers Karamvir, 9 and Tejvir, 5 spent the day karting to celebrate Amarvir's birthday

Amarvir Chatha, 11, with his brothers Karamvir, 9 and Tejvir, 5 spent the day karting to celebrate Amarvir's birthday


An 11-year-old boy who was given 24 hours to live after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010 was treated to a day of go-karting as a surprise birthday celebration.

The Stand Up To Cancer campaign crew surprised Amarvir Chatha by taking him, his family and his best friend Anya Saund, 11, karting as a birthday present for his 11th birthday, which he could not celebrate because he was undergoing chemotherapy.

Nikki Chatha, Amarvir’s mother, said: “It was really amazing and the kids just loved it.

“The journey has been a huge roller coaster. When cancer came into our life, it changed it for ever.”

In 2010, Amarvir – now in remission – was diagnosed with leukaemia and kept in coma for three weeks. His parents were told his organs had shut down and he only had 24 hours to live.

On Saturday, a four-minute video of Amarvir’s day out was broadcast several times as part of a 12-hour Youtube video marathon for Stand Up To Cancer, which featured interviews with people who had battled the disease and celebrities including Aston Merrygold, former JLS member.

A production crew also set up at the Chathas’ house on Saturday to stream Amarvir and his family talking about their experience as part of the campaign.

The youngster and his family have done a lot of work to raise awareness about cancer in the Asian community and they were approached by Stand Up To Cancer to talk about their struggle against the disease over the past five years.

Nikki said: “We have worked very closely with Cancer Research UK to raise awareness in our community about cancer because it is such a taboo subject.

“If you never see an Asian person in an advertisement about preventing or getting help for cancer, you don’t think it relates to you.”

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