Join Middle School as They Walk for Cancer and Honor Their Warrior!

In 2015, Rupali enrolled at Alta Loma Christian School to begin her fifth grade year. She was excited not only for a new year at a new school, but also for the fact that she would be joining her close cousin Ishan, who was just entering middle school.

Unfortunately, Rupali felt sick on the first day of school and had to leave early. After a doctor’s appointment and following additional tests, she was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Rupali would have to leave ALCS and instead be home schooled. Not wanting to fall behind in her studies, she studied in her free time between her aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. After almost a year of courageous battle, Rupali had gained enough control over the cancer to return to the classroom, and in August 2016 she re-joined her ALCS classmates for sixth grade.

Through every day of her bout, Rupali put forth maximum effort both inside and outside the classroom. She occasionally missed weeks of school at a time as a result of her continued chemotherapy and radiation treatments. On several instances, she went to school directly after a spinal tap. But EVERY day, she fought. She braved several relapses in the Leukemia with aggressive treatments, and received extra tutoring several times per week to prevent her from falling behind in her academics. And on top of her already uphill climb, she decided to throw in volleyball, basketball, and even an entry in Alta Loma Christian School’s inaugural Tech Fair with an original video that documented her journey (which took second place in the Video Production category).

Today, Rupali thrives in seventh grade and is a walking, living encouragement to her peers, teachers, and cancer-affected families alike. As an expression of admiration and compassion for her, her seventh grade class is participating in 2017’s Light the Night walk at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, organized and sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Seventh grade homeroom teacher Mrs. Martinez has created a team page and is inviting our ALCS and extended family to support their cause to both celebrate Rupali’s victory, and raise money for Leukemia research.
Please visit Mrs. Martinez’s team page at