Thursday , November 30 2023

Palm Desert teen raises money for cancer research

There was a pickleball tournament at Mission Hills Country Club on Saturday, and that alone isn’t newsworthy, but the origin of this particular event makes it special.

A few years ago, Dilen Kakar, now a 16-year-old Palm Desert High School student, was compelled to do something charitable to help raise money for cancer research. The motivation was his grandmother Virinder Gill, who has twice beaten cancer.

“Fourteen years ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer, and I was 2 years old so obviously I didn’t understand the magnitude of the issue, but I came to know it was very tough for my family,” Kakar said. “But because of the medical resources and research and obviously her own strength, she was able to persevere and beat the illness. Then two years later she was re-diagnosed, and they say the second time is more severe, but once again because of the medical advancements and research that had been done, she was able to beat the illness again. It’s inspiring. She’s a pillar of strength.”

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