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An unconventional celebratory moment with cancer patients in Pune

Care India Medical Society’s annual event “Diwali with a purpose” was held at Sanjog Hall at the Rajendra Singhji Institute on Saturday

pune Updated: Oct 13, 2019 16:25 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Pune
Cancer patients were felicitated at ‘Diwali with a purpose’ event held on Saturday at Sanjog Hall.
Cancer patients were felicitated at ‘Diwali with a purpose’ event held on Saturday at Sanjog Hall.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
         

Cancer patients, along with their families, donors and well-wishers of the Care India Medical Society celebrated an unconventional Diwali at the medical society’s annual event “Diwali with a purpose”. The event was held at Sanjog Hall at the Rajendra Singhji Institute on Saturday.

“Vishranti hospital helped me a lot and took care of me during my difficult days. I am here because of the love and dedication of the people of Care India Medical Society,” said one of the patients at the event.

There were several other patients who attended the event and spoke about their survival stories.

“The idea of the event was to highlight the inherent desire of most patients to spend their last moments amidst the near and dear ones. The event encouraged families to take care of the patients by instilling in them values such as strong family bonds,” said NS Nyayapathi, director-founder, Care India Medical Society.

Lt Gen SM Mehta (retd), chief executive officer, The Hans Foundation, New Delhi was the chief guest. Shashank Bhushan, vice-president, HR and India site head, BMC Software India Pvt Ltd; Justice SR Bannurmath, former chairperson of Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission and Lt Gen M ATutakne (retd) also presided over the function.

LV Sadasvian, managing trustee, Care India Medical Society, said, “We thought of celebrating Diwali with a purpose wherein we invited cancer patients to speak about their struggle. Most of these patients spoke in public for the first time and this helped them gain confidence. The patients were also felicitated at the event.”

Shamshad Begum Khan a cancer patient says, “I was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw and if it was not for the prompt action and care from doctors and nurses of Vishranti hospital, I would not be in front of you, interacting with you. I also have to thank the many auto rickshaw drivers who in any season , be it rain or sun, would bring the doctor to our homes or ferry us to the hospital free of cost, when we were in pain. Care India Medical Society helped me get through all the suffering.”

First Published: Oct 12, 2019 21:36 IST

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