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Jakarta Post

On the fast track to a cheerful recovery

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 28 2011   /  08:00 am

“I want to be a racer!” said 7-year-old cancer patient Ragil Panca Raharjo while watching a high-speed car race featuring cars negotiating difficult tracks with sharp bends against other fearless racers. Watching gave him a real sense of the beauty of racing.

It was even more exciting for Ragil when he had the chance to sit next to a national racing champion.

“My heart was pounding so hard, but it was very nice,” said Ragil after completing three laps around the circuit. He could not take his eyes off the cars passing through the laps, cheering on each car that was apparently faster than the others.

For Wulandari, nothing makes her more happy than to see her younger brother Ragil staying active and happy despite his anguish in a long struggle against his painful illness, first diagnosed when he was only three.

Ragil is one of 20 children with cancer ...