When Ashwani Jain was fighting for his life as a teenager, he didn’t realize how it would influence his career in politics.
He was diagnosed at the age of 13 with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that starts in the white blood cells, and didn’t think he would make it.
“I felt like I was just a number during my four-months of chemotherapy and not a person,” Jain said. “I just remember feeling helpless.”
Jain, who is now 28-years-old and cancer-free, said he’s constantly reminded of that time in the hospital where he felt powerless. He said he will use that reminder to advocate for residents in Montgomery County who feel the same way if he’s elected for a Council At-large seat in next year’s election.