“HOPE’ as the word signifies, is a strong and positive belief of victory over Cancer. It is a celebration to spread the message, that “Cancer is Curable”. Our efforts, in form of “HOPE”, started in 2006 and it is now the biggest annual event for pediatric cancer patients in Tata Memorial Hospital.
This year, Bollywood stalwarts Aditya Roy Kapoor, Anurag Basu, Ganesh Acharya, Amol Gupte join Priya Dutt & children fighting Cancer at Tata Memorial Hospital to ring in Christmas celebrations & to celebrate life and bring in cheer among the children.
Aditya Roy Kapoor went a step further and sang to his latest release “Humma Humma” from his upcoming movie Ok Jaanu, while playing his guitar, with a cancer survivor who is also a singer, and created a poignant moment for the entire audience. Children fighting cancer and children who have survived cancer put up a brilliant show for the parents with their performances in Dance, drama and music.
Amole Gupte and Aditya Roy Kapoor were awed by the exhibition of photographs, works of arts and crafts, displayed during the event. The children and their familes, over the last 3 months, were taught various skills by professionals, while undergoing treatment for cancer, and had created these beautiful exhibits. The professor for photography, who gave these children a unique way of expressing their thoughts and their world, is Mr. Rajen Nair – a deaf and mute professional photographer, who has been leading this workshop for many years now.
Dr.Shripad Banavali, Head of Department, Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, says: “The story of childhood cancers is one of the true success stories of modern medicine. A disease, which was invariably fatal 30 years ago, now enjoys a long-term survival of 70-80% and most survivors are cured. But the journey of innocent children, as they wage their war against this dreaded disease is ardous and difficult. HOPE, is our humble effort not only to help these children re-charge them, but also to give them a lifetime of beautiful memories which they can cherish for life.”
The Tata Memorial Hospital, the biggest cancer treatment and research centre in India. Nearly 70% of the child patients at Tata are treated almost free of charge with the help of funds from the hospital, Government, Charitable trusts, NGO’s and donors. Children treated at Tata Memorial Hospital have become doctors, engineers, IITians, designers, CAs and what not! Also its societal impact in terms of disruption of family life and generation of sympathy for its victims is far greater than cancer in the adults.
Let us come together as one family, pledge to give our children a new lease of life and create an ImPaCCT!