Instead of sinking into depression, the cancer diagnosis turned out to be the greatest motivator, said retired project engineer Bala Gangiah.
The 57-year-old discovered he had cancer in May last year. “When something likes this happens to you, you are in shock and you begin to realise the real meaning of life itself,” he said.
Gangiah then lost his left kidney to the cancer, and doctors later confirmed he had a cyst in his other kidney which over time could turn out to be malignant too.
Gangiah said his decision to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, in a triumphant show of resilience, endurance and tenacity, was part of a bucket list.