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Cancer Snuffed Out Their Loved Ones' Lives, They Light Candle Of Hope For Others

Indian Express
14 October 2010
By Parul
Chandigarh, India

When Neelu Tuli discovered she was suffering from cancer, she was determined to help others fight the disease. In 1997, she, along with nine others, started Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Centre in Sector 15.

 Cancer Snuffed Out Their Loved Ones' Lives, They Light Candle Of Hope For Others
Today, Tuli is no more but the centre is teeming with life. Many of those who operate the NGO are cancer survivors themselves. Elsewhere in the city, too, many NGOs share similar stories as they dedicate October, the "Pink Month" to raising awareness about breast cancer.

Incidentally, India registers an estimated 9,000 breast cancer cases every year.

Sahayta has a counter at the PGI hospital, and doctors refer patients to them for counselling.

The NGO arranges free chemotherapy for patients living below poverty line; two of the children of these patients are also given free education with funds generated by the members. "Our funds come from individual donations and we are lucky to be living in a city with generous peo ple," says Neena Singh, a member of Sahayta and a breast cancer survivor.

Having lived and survived the trauma makes members like Renu Sehgal, Gurpreet Khaira, Daman Mangat, Ved Nanda, Neera Gupta and Indira Narula more sensitive to the concerns, pain and fears of those diagnosed with cancer.

Members say that awareness, early detection, prompt treatment, positive attitude and the love of family and friends are indispensable to "sur vive, thrive, contribute and give back". Neelu's sister, also a cancer survivor, is now president of Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Centre and carries on the good work with zest and sensitivity. Globally, every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer amounting to one million cases annually.

 (Left) Bittu Sandhu stated her NGO in memory of her sister,survivors at the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Kendra in Sector-15,Chandigarh on Thursday.(Left) Bittu Sandhu stated her NGO in memory of her sister,survivors at the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Kendra in Sector-15,Chandigarh on Thursday.
The statistics could go up by 50 per cent to 1.5 million by 2020, according to World Cancer Report 2009. In India, breast cancer is fast becoming the most common form of cancer among women. Companies like Avon run a `Breast Cancer Crusade' and special programmes such as Pink Ribbon Product Sale with the proceeds donated to the Avon Foundation, which was set up in 1955 to improve women's lives.

The Rani Breast Cancer Trust stresses on awareness about mammography, a test to detect breast cancer. Founded two years ago, the NGO is Bittu Sandhu’s tribute to her sister Rani and lakhs of other women. "There is great emotion that is attached to this trust, for in Rani didi, I had an anchor. The first drop of life comes from the mother’s breast and every woman should strive to fight breast cancer," says Sandhu. As part of the awareness campaigns, they are holding seminars and talks in various colleges so that women know that cancer is curable if detected on time.

Likewise, Roko Cancer is an initiative of Ajinder Pal Singh Chawla in the memory of his wife, Manjit, whom he lost to cancer. In December 2005, the trust launched the first fully equipped mobile breast cancer detection unit for semi-urban and rural areas of Punjab. It spreads awareness about mammograms, followups, counselling and awareness.

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