Generation Grit: Cancer grounds his pilot dream, but he finds other ways to soar

When he was 11, Mr B. Kanesh was diagnosed with cancer. After a year and a half of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he recovered. A decade later, the cancer returned. Despite his illness, he never gave up on his dream of becoming an aerospace engineer.

SINGAPORE - When Mr B. Kanesh was 11, doctors found a tumour growing in his nasal region. It was a soft tissue sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that can occur in any part of the body.

He spent the next  1½ years having chemotherapy and radiotherapy while still in school. He had to take some of his Primary School Leaving Examination papers in the hospital.

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