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EDITORIAL We at Sahayta had a dream that no one should die of Cancer for want of funds. However the loss of many a precious life because of lack of cancer awareness has brought home to us the significance of cancer awareness and early detection. With this end in view, on the birth anniversary of our founder President Neelu Tuli on 21st June, 2009, Sahayta Cancer Sahyog launched Cancer Awareness & Detection Camps in Chandigarh & its periphery by outsourcing Mobile Mammography Van from Roko Cancer, New Delhi. Overwhelmed by the response, we repeated the exercise in March 2010. We sincerely hope that Chandigarh will soon have a Mobile Van of its own. We are beholden to Radiodiagnosis Dept. of the PGI for facilitating breast cancer screening of women recommended by Sahayta twice a month. Our zeal to spread cancer awareness knows no bounds as we have held such camps in Kalka, Chandimandir, Engr Brigade Zirakpur, Air Force Station, 3 BRD as well as 12 Wing, Chamkaur Sahib, Chitkara Institute near Rajpura, Tata Business Support Services, Mohali, besides many colonies in and around Chandigarh. Sahayta was catapulted to the national scene by successfully holding General Body Meeting of Cancer Care, India, in December. A walkathon to spread cancer awareness was flagged off by our ace Olympic Shooter, Abhinav Bindra. We have been able to resolutely stride against cancer because of the synergy generated through liaison with like minded organisations. We are grateful to the people of this Tricity for reposing confidence in us and with their co-operation we hope to continue our crusade against cancer.

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EDITORIAL: Sawatantar Kapoor

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SAHAYTA UPDATE: Sawatantar Kapoor

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PRESIDENT − SPEAK: Renu Saigal

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Sharda Ahuja

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MANTRAS: Neera Gupta

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FAVOURABLE OUTCOME IN CHILDHOOD CANCERS : Dr R K Marwha 19

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CANCER- KNOWING IS WINNING HALF THE BATTLE : Dr Inder & Mohini20

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RELATIONSHIP OF DIET AND CANCER : Surjit Kaur

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LAUGHING THROUGH CANCER : Neena Singh

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SURVIVOR − SPEAK : a)Gunwant Kaur b) Nitya Mohan c) Pravin C. Jhaveri

SAHAYTA UPDATE Sawatantar Kapoor

BREAST CANCER SCREENING CAMPS The experts feel that present Rapid Growth of Cancer must be controlled to prevent an epidemic like situation in India. In the absence of anti cancer vaccine, the only alternative is improved level of awareness and early detection. With this objective in mind, Sahayta Cancer Sahyog launched its dream project of free awareness, mammography & screening camps in Chandigarh on 21st June, the birth anniversary of our founder president Neelu Tuli which was inaugurated by Dr. Raj Bahadur, Director Principal, G.M.C.H, Sector- 32, Chandigarh in the august presence of Dr S C

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VOLUNTEER − SPEAK a) Madhu Nagpal b) Rachana Rajput

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A TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER, KARUNA PURI: Anu Mahajan

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PHOTO GALLERY

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SAHAYTA US UPDATE: Aman Khaira

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BENEFICIARY − SPEAK : a) Neelam Oberai b) Suman Kalyan

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FINANCIAL REPORT: Arvind Tuli

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HEARTFELT GRATITUDE: Renu Saigal

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TAX EXEMPTION All donations to the Society are eligible for Income Tax Relief under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act. Also registered under FCA for accepting Foreign Donations.

EDITORIAL BOARD - Swatantar Kapoor - Renu Saigal - Sheena Tuli

Sharma, Dr Firuza Patel from Radiotherapy Dept. of PGI and many eminent citizens of Chandigarh. Reporting was done in the PGI. The five camps held at Sahayata Cancer Kendra in Sector 15, Community Centre, Sector 8, Bal Niketan, Panchkula , Mauli Jagran and Community Centre, sec-18, were the beginning of our humble endeavour to take the diagnostic tools to the people at large. About 500 women were screened, 175 mammograms and 30 pap smear tests were done. Sahayta wishes to thank Roko Cancer, New Delhi for providing the mobile mammography van, 15 doctors who volunteered their services and worked tirelessly, YTTS, Lions Club, Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association and Bal Niketan, Pachkula

for making these camps a success. Mr Ajay Swarup, CGM, SBI inaugurated the camp at Sector 8 where around 160 women availed the facilities like general physical check up and blood sugar tests. These facilities were arranged in addition to the Mammograms. Dr GS Kochar and Dr Poornima Sharma sponsored 125 blood sugar test kits. Sundari and Semli, the wives of chowkidar Shri Lal Bahadur and gardener Shri Narayan are suffering from cancer and their treatment is being supported by Sahayta Cancer Sahyog. Gratified husbands of these two ladies worked the whole day to make the camp a success. Mrs Jean Rodrigues inaugurated the camps in Mauli Jagran and Sector18. Mauli Jagran was the only camp where a team of highly qualified team of medical doctors took the Pap smear samples for early detection of cervix cancer. Y.T.T.S. collaborated with local Mauli Jagran dispensary for equipment and assistance to organize the camp and did a great job. At Bal Niketan, Panchkula, we were visited by DHS, Haryana. The reports along with instructions were given to the patients. All the volunteers put in their best to help run these camps. Overwhelmed with the people's response, we repeated the exercise in March 2010 and held 5 breast cancer detection camps from 22nd

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March 2010 to 26th march 2010 at Janta Labour Colony, Sector-25; Gurudwara Dhana Bhagat, near Y.P.S School, Phase-8, Mohali; Sahayta Cancer Kendra, Sector-15B; Community Centre, New Indira Colony, Manimajra and at Karora Road, near Water Tank Gobind Nagar, Naya Gaon. Sahayta had again outsourced Mobile Mammography Van from ROKO CANCER, New Delhi. In all 650 women were medically examined, mammography was done on 150 women. About 20 women have been referred to the PGI for further investigations. Camps were co-sponsered by Jatt Sikh Welfare Association and were held in close collaboration with Aruna Asaf Ali Memorial

Trust and YTTS. We are grateful to the people of Tricity for enabling us to continue our fight against cancer .We intend and hope to hold such camps periodically. These camps would not have been a success without the selfless service of the following doctors: Krishana Chaudhary, Harleen Rohewal, Poornima Kappal, Neelam Malik, Virender Kappal, Jaya, Harbir Bajwa, Krishna Rawat, Neelam Duggal, Anjali Agarwal, Dr Vasdev,Nitika Arya, Geeta Verma, M P Gupta, Swaran Bawa, G S Kochar and Birinder Kaur 4

Pannu CANCER CLINICS Chemotherapy is the most important and

expensive part of cancer treatment and is out of reach for many people. We at Sahayta realize this and provide chemotherapy medicine to the needy. Our volunteers sit in the PGI-Radiotherapy, Advanced Paediatric centre & Haematology departments. We provide medicine slips to the needy patients referred to us by the doctors. We also offer practical help, understanding, awareness & helpful hints during radiotherapy & chemotherapy. Once a woman came to us for filling the form for poor free treatment for her husband, a daily wager. After talking to the doctor we told her she would get the medicine immediately from us. She was just speechless & we could feel her relax. On 15th March, our volunteers, Mohini and Sudesh started counseling at sector 32 GMCH also though we have been taking patients from there since long.

MAMMOGRAPHY AT PGI After a series of meetings with the Director, PGI and Head, Dept. of Radiodiagnosis, Dr Khandelwal, we have been able to realize our goal of early detection. Under this project we will be helping women get mammography done in groups of 7 in Radiology Dept. twice a month. The first batch of 7 women from Air Force availed of this facility on 17 March ‘10. Any one desirous of availing this facility may contact Ranjana Tulsi at 98881-41944. Renu Saigal CANCER AWARENESS Sahayta Cancer Sahyog has made a niche for itself and we were invited by various organisations for awareness talks and camps in Chandigarh and its periphery regarding the symptoms, causes, risk factors etc. of cancer in colonies, schools, colleges, clubs, Army and Air Force units. Cancer awareness talks were held in Khuda Lahora on 3.5.2009, at Sec. 25 colony on 23.10.09 where Dr Swarn Bawa & Dr Bajwa

examined the women; in Mauli Jagran, in Mohali Sector 71 on No Tobacco day on 31.5.2009 in association with YTTS; in Sarangpur; in Burail School, in Palsora; and in sector 44 for maids from adjoining colonies in association with Aruna Asaf Ali Trust where Dr Poornima Kappal examined the patients and medicines were also given. Cancer awareness talk was given to young fathers of Evergreen Academy in Rose Garden on the occasion of Father's Day celebrations on 19th July. Jatt Sikh Welfare Association invited Sahayta to participate in a medical camp organized by them at Chamkaur Sahib on 02 Aug 2009 to

create awareness about cancer. It was a worthwhile experience to inter-act with rural women. Many of them said they did not know what cancer was. Sahayta volunteers sensitized them about early signs of cancer and dispelled many myths about cancer. One woman had got her mammography done and was sitting on the report. Her son was called and told to take her to PGI for follow up. A few women were referred to General Hospital for clinical examination. Our zeal to fight cancer knows no bounds. On Dec 19 , we were invited by Aruna Asaf Ali Govt. Post Graduate College in Village Seuri, Kalka, to spread awareness on breast and cervix cancer among NSS girls who would be our ambassadors in the villages. Awareness talks 5


were also organised in GCG Sec. 42 for NCC cadets on 30.10.2009 and in GGSC, sec 26 for NSS students and in Chitkara B.Ed. college talk for NSS girls was organised by Mrs Inderpal Bains. We felt extremely honoured on being invited by Engr Brigade in Zirakpur in October and by Col. Mohit Sikka of AEC Para 1808 unit at Chandimandir on 8 Aug ‘09 for awareness talks to the wives of officers, JCOs and Jawans. Our volunteer, Madhu Nagpal organised cancer awareness interactive workshops for wives of Air force officers, warrant officers and other ranks in 3BRD on 29 Jan ‘10 and in 12 Wing on 4

March ‘10 where we were inundated with queries from young wives. Tata Business Support Services invited us on 17 Feb ‘10 to interact with their young employees and motivate them to cultivate healthy life style, shun alcohol, tobacco and junk food to keep cancer at bay. Neena Singh gave a power point presentation to ladies in Central Club, Sec-9 on 25 March ‘10. Mohini, Kulwant, Renu, Santosh Bhan, Madhu, Inderpal Bains, Ranjana, Gurpreet, Sharda Ahuja, Daman, Neena Singh, Varinder, Veena, Indira, Swatantar and Dr Paru contributed a great deal in making these camps a great success. Kulwant Kaur CACI GBM HOSTED AT SAHAYTA KENDAR ON 8TH AND 9TH DEC 2009 6

In the 8th General Body Meet of Cancer Care India hosted by Sahayta Cancer Sahyog on 8 Dec ‘09, a comprehensive plan was evolved to control and combat the pandemic of cancer to be handed over to the concerned health authorities as studies show that well conceived and resource appropriate strategies can lower cancer incidence despite various constraints. Our main thrust was on awareness and early diagnosis by providing affordable and easy access to cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. The resolution also underlined the dire need of rehabilitation, palliative care, C M E of General Practitioners so as to save precious lives and Co-ordination of primary, tertiary and

Specialty hospitals. Emphasis was laid on research to determine cause of cancer in certain geographical regions, like Bathinda belt, and to take appropriate remedial measures. Dr. Firuza Patel from the Radiotherapy department, PGI gave a power point presentation on Cancer - Prevention & Control

while Dr Narinder Wig, Prof. Emeritus, Psychiatry, PGI spoke on psychological aspects of cancer care. The charter of rights of cancer patients stressed cancer patients' legal right to early diagnosis, informed treatment, second opinion, medical leave, lien on job, medical insurance and travel insurance. For prevention, life style changes, smoke and tobacco free environment were highlighted as many cancers can be prevented by reducing decreasing exposure to carcinogens, implementing vaccination programmes and promoting healthy lifestyles. Delegates also

pressed the urgency for their representation on national cancer control programmes. The measures taken by Punjab Govt like free cancer treatment for school children, free bus concession, declaring cancer as a notified disease need to be replicated all over India. Cancer Sahyog, New Delhi; CanSupport, New Delhi; Sahayta Cancer Sahyog, Chandigarh; Cancer Concern Society, Dehradun; CanStop, Chennai; Hitaishini, Kolkata; Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, Patna; Sankalp, Chhattisgarh; Karuna Care Foundation, Ahemadabad; VCare, Bombay; Roko Cancer, Delhi and Deepshikha

Guwahati participated in the GBM. GBM was followed by Cultural Evening in Home Science College where Cancer Survivors presented a fashion show and cancer afflicted children performed dance medley. Sahayta's patron and supporter, Mrs Jean Rodrigues , presided over the cultural programme. Cancer Awareness Rally was organised on 9th December at city centre sector 17 Chandigarh. The theme of the walk was prevention, control and treatment of cancer. Its motto was: 'Cancer Care India embodies a nation united against cancer'. It was flagged off by Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra and led by Mrs Jean Rodrigues.

Many eminent personalities joined the walk. Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Director Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh and Gen Kandal, President CSCA were the guests of honour. Two hundred NCC cadets also joined the walk. A Resolution passed at GBM was given to the press. CACI ECM : 7TH FEB 2010 AT DELHI Executive committee meeting was held at working dinner hosted by Harmala Gupta to carry forward the agenda adopted at GBM. CACI President Mrs Vijaya Ranga Rajan, Secretary Renu Saigal, treasurer Swatantar Kapoor, Joint Secretary Mr Gideon along with founder president Harmala Gupta and founder 7


secretary Col. Parimal Ghosh attended the meeting. RAILWAY TRAVEL CONCESSION FOR CANCER PATIENTS Railway concession in AC: CACI's representation to railway minister through Hitaishini of Calcutta as follow-up of a decision taken at the GB Meeting of Cancer Care India held in Chandigarh on 8-9 December 2009, yielded a bonanza for cancer patients. The railway minister has granted the big concession of totally free railway travel in AC 3-tier, Chair Car & Sleeper classes. This will go a long way to enable poor cancer patients to pursue their treatment which they are often unable to do because of finance constraints to fund their travel.

PINK OCTOBER Breast Career Awareness month is an annual international health campaign organized by major cancer support group every year to 8

spread awareness of the disease & to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention & cure. The campaign a l s o o f f e r s information and support to those affected by breast cancer. It also provides a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work & of the disease. Breast cancer Awareness month is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for early detection. We at Sahayta had organized breasts career Awareness camps at Palsora community centre and at Mauli Jagran community centre. Dr. Hardeep Bajwa, Dr. Ranjana Malik, Dr. Swaran Bawa, Dr. Ranjana Agarwal, Dr. Daya & Dr. Indu Gupta had done the medical checkup of the women in these two centers. Those who needed mammography or further investigations were sent to PG I. Sahayta volunteers talked to these women in these two centres about symptoms for early detection of breast cancer, they were given a demonstration how and what to look for while doing their breast self examination. Sahayta managed to get Breast cancer Awareness Posters displayed at Matka Chowk with the help of Chandigarh Housing Board. They were displayed there for one week. In Inscol, a complete wall in the reception area was adorned with posters to spread cancer awareness. Anokhi, Fab India, Ritu Kumar's Show Room, Monica’s Pudding & Pies & many other shops in sector 8 & 9 had displayed these posters in their Showrooms for the whole month of October.

All India radio had broadcast a Breast cancer Awareness talk by Neena Singh in the month of October. Pink ribbons (an internationality recognized symbol for breast cancer) were sold to the public at various places of the city. Neena Singh Chandigarh Golf Club & Browser library also contributed in spreading awareness about Breast Cancer by putting up these posters in their establishments.

Sahayta had arranged Breast Cancer Awareness talks at Guru Gobind Singh College for women in Sector 26 & MCM College in sector 36. We had done the same for the staff of Guru Nanak Public School in Sector 36.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your participation in the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland. As one of nearly 500 delegates from more than 65 countries, your unique perspective and contributions to the global fight against cancer are invaluable as we seek to make the case for urgent action to fight the disease and reduce stigma.

AWARENESS WITH NCC ON 26TH NOV 09 & 7TH JAN '10

Cancer Care India organised all India Awareness competition on 7th Jan 2010. NCC cadets of seventeen states participated in this competition. There was Q test on Cancer disease. Dramatic presentation & painting competition based on ill effects of Tobacco consumption were also held. Col. Ghosh, Mrs Ghosh, Mr Dutta, Mrs Mohini Lomba and Seema were Judges. MAKE A WISH PROJECT Though Sahayta has been informally trying to fulfill the wishes of critically ill patients specially children , yet formally the project was launched on 25 July 09 with the first cheque of Rs 5000 presented by Mrs Uma Khosla. Under this project we gifted a Wig to 14 year old Shalini, Voice box to Mohan Singh, a cycle to Raja and

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gifts and toys to Ankit and Shivam.

CME AT SAHAYTA KENDRA on 30th July and in the Radiotherapy Department PGI on 31st July 09. Dr Debashish Basu from Psychiatry department, PGI explained the varied reactions

felt by the patients after diagnosis of Cancer. Most of the patients experience denial, fear, anger, bargaining with God and finally acceptance. A few of the patients undergo the pathological fear verging on paranoia & severe depression. Dr. Basu also pointed out that caregivers go through almost the same cycle of emotions - enthusiasm, helplessness and finally burnt-out symptoms. Dr Basu advised the volunteers to win the patients' trust whereby they can share their fears & concerns and then enable them execute their plans for themselves and their families. Dr Firuza Patel updated Sahayta volunteers so as to enable them to respond to patients' anxious queries regarding radiotherapy, diet, precautions and side effects. LIVE ARMSTRONG SUMMIT AT IRELAND ATTENDED BY RENU & PARU - 24TH TO 26TH AUG 2009 Sahayta is proud to join the LIVESTRONG movement and Renu Saigal and Paru

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represented Sahayta at the premiere LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, an effort of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) to fight cancer in the world and engage with world media, political leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations and corporate leadership. Sahayta is committed to spreading awareness because “Early detection is the key to cure!” It is a shame that ignorance, social stigma and lack of awareness cost so many KITTY MEHRA SURBHI lives which could otherwise have been saved and we are committed to changing this sorry state of affairs. Six volunteers from CACI member groups also attended the summit. Harmala Gupta, President, CanSupport was invited to be a panelist for one of the sessions dealing with leadership issues. TALK SHOW ON PTC NEWS CHANNEL A talk show on 'Cancer' was telecast on PTC News Channel in the month of September. Many members of Sahayta Cancer Sahyog,

including a few survivors participated and shared their first hand experiences. On the panel were Dr. S.C. Sharma, Head, Department of Radiotherapy PGI and Dr. Gurpreet Singh,

Prof. General Surgery PGI. Ms. Rita Sharma, Senior Journalist was the host of the programme. AMAN KHAIRA'S VISIT On 30th September, Aman was in India and

Channel. In December 2009 & Jan 2010 Sahayta was invited to join Chandigarh Administration's Public participation programme to inculcate community living amongst slum dwellers

attended Sahayta's monthly meeting. He addressed the members and told that after completing his MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston, he is to join in New York and is quite sure that he will be able to raise more funds for Sahayta. He also participated in the talk show on Cancer telecast on PTC News

rehabilitated in sector 38 West and prefabricated houses in sector 52. Renu, Daman, Santosh & Swatantar attended the meetings presided by finance secretary and volunteered to hold health awareness camps in these areas. Renu & Swatantar represented Sahayta in CanSupport's Stride Against Cancer: Walk for Life on 7th Feb in Delhi. DONATION BOXES

“No wealth or power can be more valuable than our Dignity. No loss of profit can be more critical than loss of Credibility. No skill or qualification can substitute the integrity of our Character” -Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata

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SAHAYTA BAL CANCER SAHYOG Robert Collier has stated, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” We at Sahayta can claim that, yes, we have been successful. Our team – Aaradhna Mittal,Dolly Soni, Santosh Bhan,Sharda Ahuja, Raj Gupta , Daman Mangat, Pammi Sarkaria and Kundmala. DANCE WORKSHOP & PUPPET SHOW: 14th June and 28th June.

Mr. Atul Khanna of Durga Dass foundation and Shaimak Dawar Institute of Performing Arts through the good offices of our volunteers, Kundmala and Ruma Soni held a ten day long dance workshop at Sahayta Kendra in Sec 15 and afforded a rare and grand opportunity to cancer afflicted children to showcase their talent in Inderdhanush Auditorium, Panchkula. Premaji along with Ruma Soni organised a puppet show at her residence for our angels from APC where she had invited office bearers of Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association so that they could continue bringing cheer to these children. Rakhi: 31st July, 2009 Rakhi was celebrated in Friday OPD with girls and boys rejoicing in the bond. Rakhis were sponsored by Shivali. We explained the

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significance of the festival and little girls present for the OPD tied Rakhi to little boys waiting to see the doctor. We visited the wards and distributed refreshments in the OPD as well as the wards. VATSALYA SAHYOG MEET & ART AND CRAFT WORKSHOP: 15th August, 2009. A parent group meet was organized at Sahayta Kendra. Parents of around twenty children participated in the meet. Various problems encountered by parents during and after the course of treatment were discussed. Dr. R.K. Marwaha and Dr. Deepak Bansal answered the queries. Children and teachers of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36 sponsored and organized the art and craft workshop for the cancer afflicted children. The children made beautiful kites and personalized cards. Ms. Latha Nair and Ms. Jagjeet Kaur of Guru Nanak School helped the children in creating these attractive pieces. Shivali took hand prints of all participants to develop a collage. Dr.R.K. Marwaha and Mrs. Gurnam Kaur addressed the audience and gave away gifts to all participants. Mrs. Inderpal Bains took special interest in the event and we got a good coverage in the local channel. DIWALI: 16th November, 2009

The festival of lights was celebrated in the OPD on Friday. Dr. R.K. Marwaha lit the first diya followed by Dr. Amita Trehan, Sahayta volunteers and children and parents present in

the OPD. We all sang a couple of Aartis, wished each other a happy and prosperous Diwali, Sweets and refreshments were distributed along with small gifts in the OPD and the wards. PHOCON MEET – INAUGRATION : 15th Nov.,

2009 The Phocon meet was held from 14th November to 16th November at the Advanced Paediatric Centre of P.G.I. Dr. R.K. Marwaha, Dr. Amita Trehan and Dr. Deepak Bansal were the hosts for the mega event. Since Sahayta co-

exists with the Oncology Department, there was a special request from Dr. Amita for a dance medley at the eve of the function. Children got geared up and once again we were all busy with practice sessions, dress fittings, music selection and so on. Varsha who is an integral part of the group, joined us and choreographed the sequence. We had selected the famous “Jai Ho',

and the children presented a memorable item. The audience which comprised mainly of paediatric oncologists from India and abroad cheered the young patients. Pawan, Anchal and Anjali presented bouquets to the Chief Guests. Rijul Bakshi, recipient of Bal Jeevan Shakti 2008 sang a bhajan in his heartrending voice. Dr. K. K. Talwar, Director, PGI and Dr. L.S. Arya from AIIMS especially congratulated Sahayta on its contribution to the cause. SESSION ON `NEED FOR SUPPORT GROUPS'IN THE PHOCON MEET: 16th November, 2009 An interactive session with parents of children afflicted with cancer, Sahayta volunteers, and world renowned oncologists was held at APC. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Vikram Kanwar from U.S.A., Dr. Gauri Kapoor (Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Delhi) and Dr. R.K. Marwaha. Dr. L Stork, Dr K Winde Bank, Dr D Walker, Dr A Vora and Dr.P Kurkure from USA actively participated in the session. Mrs.Sharda Ahuja presented the report on Sahayta activities with the children. Pooja, childhood survivor of ALL, Vandana, physiotherapist from Rajiv Memorial Institute gave presentations. Mrs. Handa (parent), Mr. Harvinder Singh (parent) and Pawan (Survivor) spoke about the need and role of support group alias Sahayta in the lives of children fighting cancer. Sindhu Handa, ALL survivor presented Saraswati Vandana. The meeting was coordinated by Aaradhna Mittal. GBM CULTURAL BONAZA: 9th December, 2009 All of us look forward to the children's performance and once again our young patients stole the hearts with their amazing performance. The children who participated in the phocon meet as well as the GBM were 13


Himani, Azka, Anjali, Parul, Deeksha, Chintu, Amarjeet, Shivam, Sonu, Daksh, Nadeem, Nishant, Sanjay and Saleem. Mrs. Harmala Gupta presented gifts to the children along with Mrs. Ved Nanda and Mrs. Raj Gupta. Mini and Mona, daughters of Mrs. Raj Gupta looked after the participating children while we were busy with the sessions at the GBM. Kudos to the young ladies. CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS:25th December, 2009. Santa came calling and Christmas was celebrated in the playroom at APC. Mrs. Raj Gupta and Mrs. Dolly Soni coordinated the event. Ms. Priya Soni was the Santa and a number of games were organized. Kulwant Kaur distributed sweaters, caps, booties knitted by herself to children. The gifts were sponsored by Onkar and Soman Bajwa and the refreshments and prizes by Canara Bank. Meeting with Dr. Vinay Jain, founder of Jeev

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Daya Foundation, USA: 29th January, 2010. Jeev Daya foundation is involved in providing resources and personnel to organizations working in the field of childhood cancer in India. Dr. R.K. Marwaha had introduced us to Dr. Vikram Kanwar of the foundation earlier and we met with Dr. Vinay Jain on the 29th January,2010. He is a stalwart in his profession and an amazingly dedicated and compassionate human being. Aaradhna and Dolly Soni interacted with him and he extended his full support to Sahayta. We look forward to long term association with the foundation. PAINTING COMPETITION: ICCD Celebrations on 5th February, 2010 Annual painting competition was held in the Advanced Paediatric Centre. The children were divided into four categories according to their age with four prizes in each category. Mrs. Veena Wig, Mrs. Mukta Kaira and Mrs. Renu Saigal judged the entries. The participants created interesting pictures. Mrs. Karuna Puri,

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cpko ds fy, ge [kku iku o thou p;kZ dks cnyus dk ijke'kZ nsrs gSaA Fund Raising esa gekjs ekfld] okf"kZd o ,d le; ds Mksuj cgqr egRoiw.kZ gSaA bl lEcU/k esa ge mu lHkh Donors ds cgqr vHkkjh gSa ftUgksaus ,d gh ckj esa yk[k :i;s rd dh jkf'k gesa lg;ksx ds :I esa nh gSA dbZ f'k{k.k laLFkk,a Hkh /ku ,df=r djus esa gekjh lgk;rk

CANCER SIGNS: WE MUST KEEP A WATCH Breast Cancer: A lump in the breast or under arm area, change in shape, size or color of the breast, discharge from nipple, scaly, surface of the breast. Oral Cancer: White or red patches, inside the oral cavity or difficulty in swallowing, thickening of the tongue. Kidney Cancer: Blood in urine, weight loss, loss of appetite, pain in side of Abdomen anemia or high blood pressure. Prostate Cancer: Urination Problems. Skin Cancer: Change in size, shape or color of a mole or wart. Cervical Cancer: Unusual vaginal bleeding, pain in the pelvic area, foul smelling or unusual discharge. Colon Cancer: Diarrhoea, constipation or any other change in bowel habits, blood in faeces. Stomach Cancer: Bloating of stomach after meals, loss of appetite, weakness, indigestion, blood in vomit, diarrhoea or constipation. Lung or Throat Cancer: Persistent cough, chest pain, blood in sputum, loss of appetite,

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On the 13th Feb, 2010 Sahayta got together at Sahayta Cancer Kendra for the joint celebration of Cancer Survivors' & International Childhood Cancer Day. The day is celebrated all over India to pay a fitting tribute to the millions of cancer patients and survivors fighting this disease with courage, determination and resilience. ICC Day is celebrated to create awareness about childhood cancers and to improve the quality of life of these children. The Chief Guest of the evening Mr Sanjay Kumar, Finance Secretary, UT Chandigarh, was warmly welcomed by Swatantar Kapoor as dynamic & visionary officer under whose stewardship, Chandigarh has made great strides because of his commendable initiative of public participation programs. The program was attended by Sahayta volunteers and esteemed doctors of PGI. The program started with the lighting of the lamp followed by prayer to the Almighty for strength and vigor to follow the path of righteousness by all the Survivors who later narrated their experiences and shared their mantras. Each survivor gave the message that hope, courage and determination can help the patient fight cancer. The pain diminishes if people around you are supportive. It is tough to cope initially but a positive approach helps a lot. The solo dances by Anjali and Azka (both still on treatment) were greatly applauded and lightened the atmosphere. One of the beneficiaries of Sahayta, Azka's father spoke on this occasion. The program now moved on to a serious note with a very informative talk by Dr. R.K. Marwaha on childhood cancers, their magnitude, prevention and statistics. The annual report was presented by President Renu Saigal who emphasized on the importance of early cancer

detection and apprised the audience about the five cancer detection camps held in the city with the help of 'Roko Cancer.' Renu also paid a moving tribute to our volunteer Karuna Puri whom we had lost very recently & who was to receive Jeevan Shakti Award this year. Sahayta's awards for the year 2009-2010 were announced by Sharda Ahuja who emphasized their importance in the context of 'Celebration of Life' to achieve some of our goals we are committed to.The Chief Guest presented the awards & mementos. Jeevan Shakti Award carrying a memento and prize money of Rs 5000/- was announced for Mr Varinder Puri & his wife Late Mrs Karuna Puri, who had fought the disease with strong faith in God and lived by the motto of 'never say die'. Enthused with the spirit of selfless love and enthusiasm, they both were making immense contribution to Sahayta. Santosh Bhan received the award on their behalf. It was sponsored by S.Dalip Singh Sawhney. 'Bal Jeevan Shakti Award' sponsored by Dr Rohit Ahuja was given to 20 yrs old ALL Survivor Megha Narang. 'Gagan Toor Award' (Rs 5000/-) sponsored by Mrs Toor went to Parul and 'Protsahan Scholarship' sponsored by Mohini Loomba, of Rs 5000/- was received by Nadeem. 'Sanjivani Neelu Tuli' award of Rs 20,000/- was given to Manju Garg and Dharam Veer (Rs 10,000/- each), Jeevan Sahayta Scholarship of Rs 12000, sponsored by Mrs Rita Paul, US was given to Anjali and Himani. A sum of Rupees Rs 10,000/- was donated to Krishna on behalf of Ms. Shelly Mandher in the memory of her father, S. Surjit Singh Rikhy. Sehgal sisters gave Rs 10,000/- to CML patient Rajinder. Sanjay Shah donated Rs 10,000 to Kanta, CA Cervix patient. Besides this Anjali, Kaval Sharma, 17


MANTRAS Neera Gupta All the survivors contributed to the event by expressing the mantras of their life. Renu Saigal: You value life when you are sick. After my fight with cancer, gradually I learnt to stop cribbing about life. Life does not come as a package of happiness. One can find happiness in moments - a beautiful flower, a song or a smile of a person you have helped. My mantra is do good & gj iy ;gka thHkj thvks tks gS lek dy gks u gks A Daman: Reach for happiness and happiness will reach you. I think positive, live positive and do positive. Life is a battle field and survivors are true victors. Live everyday to the fullest with the aim how can I help someone today? Ranjana Tulsi: As a Survivor for the past ten years, Ranjana’s mantra or realization is, God has given us tremendous strength to face all difficulties in life- Cancer is one of them. After treatment and recovery, it adds to your confidence to help others and lead a more meaningful life. Gurpreet Khaira believes that problems, stress and diseases are nothing but non-acceptance of the reality of life. Her mantra of life is to accept the reality and face it boldly with positive attitude and strong will power. Have a purpose in life, it makes life more meaningful and gives creative satisfaction. Be happy and spread happiness in others lives. Nitya: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift and that’s why, it is known as the present. So I believe in living to the fullest Ved Nanda : The sooner we come to understand that things can be done without our assistance, the sooner we reach our philosophy of life. Regardless of how much trouble I was having, how hard that period was, I kept my thoughts on a high and positive level. I did not lose my inner peace. If nothing ever went wrong in your life, you would never have a chance to grow stronger. Neera Gupta: My fight with cancer has taught me the real meaning, value and purpose of human life. It has enhanced my inner strength tremendously to face the realities of this world with positives attitude. Now I relate so closely and deeply with my fellow beings that I don’t want to miss any instance, whenever or wherever the need for help arises. Veena Wig: The purpose of life is rediscovering yourself. This particular situation has really shown me a new horizon to live life with a positive approach.

Survivors' Club instituted on 8th February 03 on the Cancer Survivors Day is thriving under the aegis of gentle and graceful Ranjana. The monthly luncheon meetings have become quite popular. Cancer survivors interested in enjoying the get-togethers can contact Mrs Ranjana Tulsi on Cell 098881-41944 or Phones 0172-4611944, 2705857. 18

Favorable Outcome in CHILDHOOD CANCERS Dr. R K Marwaha The word cancer is fraught with fear and agony. To imagine a child stricken with the 'dreadful' condition is yet more startling and fearful. Unfortunately, children become victims of cancers as well. Common cancers seen in childhood are those of blood (leukemia), brain, lymph nodes, eye, bone, kidney, etc. Cancers largely occur at random in children and there are generally no risk factors, viz, smoking in adults. The presentation of cancers in children is variable, and it often contributes to a delayed diagnosis. Large majority of cancers in children can fortunately be treated, particularly if the child reaches the appropriate center well in time. Primary care physicians have the responsible role of detecting the early signs, referral and in providing shared care. Warning signs for cancers in children include the following: • Unexplained fever of > 2 weeks duration with 1) inadequate response to antibiotics and 2) associated anemia and skin bleeds • Progressively enlarging lymph nodes in the neck, arm pit and groin

• Aches and pain in joints; unexplained limping • White eye reflex/protrusion/squint in the eye • Change in behavior, persisting early morning headache and vomiting. Lack of awareness, inappropriate remedies from quacks and apprehension in visiting a referral hospital contribute to delay in diagnosis and initiation of specific therapy. Contrary to what one might expect, children tolerate the drugs (chemotherapy) more easily than adults. The chances of cure too are significantly better in children than in adults. Up to 60-70% of children with the common forms of blood cancer can be cured with chemotherapy. The treatment is however lengthy and expensive. Family needs to be supported financially as well as emotionally during the crusade against the disease. Independent inpatient ward and specialty clinics are dedicated for providing treatment services to children with cancers at the Advanced Pediatric Center of PGI. The NGO,

nLrs xqyt+kj ij Nk tk, lgk;rk dsUnz] gj cqyUnh ij Nk tk, lgk;rk dsUn] esjh rks reUuk ;gh gS fd bd jkst+ ,slk vk, fd lkjs fo'o ij Nk tk, lgk;rk dsUnzA Heartfelt words of Kanta Sekri who got her mammography done at Sahayta Kendra.

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CANCER- Knowing is Winning Half the Battle Dr. Inder Dev Bahia & Mrs. Mohini Loomba Today cancer is a malady that is on the rise, data shows that over the past few years the number of patients diagnosed with cancer is steadily increasing. With advances in medical science it has now become easier to detect, diagnose and fortunately, treat cancer. This article focuses on the most common cancers seen in the men and women of India. Firstly, what is cancer? It is simply the uncontrolled division of a particular type of cells in the body. Cells in our body are continually dying and being replaced. When this process goes askew, cells are produced in increasing quantities that are ultimately harmful for the body. On a global scale about a million people develop cancer and by year 2030 this figure is expected to rise to 15 million. Two thirds of these cases will be in developing countries which have only 5% of the global cancer control resources. 45% of cancers in men and 14% in women are from tobacco use. Cancer of the cervix is the most common cancer among women of India followed by breast cancer. Cervical cancer accounts for 40% of cancers in urban areas and 65% in rural areas. Pollution of air, water and soil accounts for 1-4% of cancers. Cancer can occur anywhere in our body e.g. mouth, lungs, stomach, ovaries, bone. It also has the capacity to spread from one part of the body to the other either through blood or the lymphatic system, a process known as metastasis. The signs and symptoms of cancer are relative to the part of the body where cancer originates. A common mistake people make is delay going to the doctor till they feel pain. Remember in cancer pain is one of the last symptoms to appear often when the cancer has spread and is in its last stage. 20

Let us begin by briefly discussing cancers seen in women. Breast Cancer: It is the second most common cancer seen in females in India. There is no age bar to the occurrence of breast cancer. The breast is a very dynamic body part and is continuously undergoing change influenced by menstruation. During each menstrual cycle, breast tissue tends to swell from changes in the body's levels of hormones (estrogen and progesterone), the milk glands and ducts enlarge. During menstruation, breasts may temporarily feel swollen, painful, tender, or lumpy. The high rate of cell overturn within the breasts increases the risk of developing cancer. There are various screening methods for breast cancer, the easiest being â&#x20AC;&#x153;self breast examinationâ&#x20AC;? where the person lies on her back keeping the arm on the side of the breast being examined over and underneath their head and examines the breast using the other hand. The following picture illustrates how to conduct the exam. The women who are at increased risk for breast cancer are : Women above the age of 50. Family history of breast cancer. Women who have not borne children. Late marriage or late childbirth. Obesity Women who started menstruating before the age of 12. Women who stopped menstruating after the

age of 55. It can recur in women who have a medical history of breast cancer. There are various signs associated with breast cancer such as formation of lumps in the breasts or the armpit, skin discoloration or dimpling, engorged blood vessels, nipple inversion, bloody discharge. If any of these changes is noted one should immediately consult a physician. If a lump is detected during a self breast examination, the next step is mammography which is basically taking an x-ray of the concerned breast. Mammography is a harmless and an entirely safe procedure. Mammography of breast Once diagnosed breast cancer is then classified, this makes it easier to manage and initiate treatment. The staging of breast cancer is as follows : Stage 0 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stage 0 is used to describe noninvasive breast cancers. In stage 0, there is no evidence of cancer cells or non-cancerous abnormal cells invading neighboring normal tissue. Stage I describes invasive breast cancer (cancer cells are breaking through to or invading neighboring normal tissue) in which the tumor measures up to 2 cms. & no lymph nodes are involved Stage IIA describes invasive breast cancer in which the tumor measures 2 cms or less and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes, OR -the tumor is larger than 2 cms but not larger than 5 centimeters and has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes Stage IIB describes invasive breast cancer in which the tumor is larger than 2 cms but not larger than 5 cms and has spread to the axillary

lymph nodes, OR -the tumor is larger than 5 cms but has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes Stage IIIA describes invasive breast cancer in which either the tumor is larger than 5 cms and has spread to axillary lymph nodes that are clumped together or sticking to other structures Stage IIIB describes invasive breast cancer in which: -the tumor may be any size and has spread to the chest wall and/or skin of the breast & may have spread to axillary lymph nodes. Inflammatory breast cancer is considered at least stage IIIB. Stage IIIC describes invasive breast cancer in which there may be no sign of cancer in the breast or, if there is a tumor, it may be any size and may have spread to the chest wall and/or the skin of the breast and/or the cancer may have spread to axillary lymph nodes or to lymph nodes near the breastbone or collarbone. Stage IV describes invasive breast cancer in which the cancer has spread to other organs of the body - usually the lungs, liver, bone, or brain Once a mass is confirmed, a biopsy sample is taken to confirm the presence of cancerous cells. Then it is at the discretion of the physician which c o u r s e o f treatment is to be followed, whether medication alone is sufficient in containing the cancer or will surgery be required. Cervical Cancer The cervix is the lower, narrow portion of the

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uterus where it joins the top of the vagina. The cervix undergoes many changes during the menstrual cycle: -As a woman approaches ovulation, the cervix becomes softer, and rises and opens in response to the high levels of estrogen present at ovulation. -During menstruation the cervix stretches open slightly to allow the inner lining of cells to be shed. This stretching is believed to be part of the cramping pain that many women experience. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in females of India. The causes of cervical cancer include infection by HPV (human papilloma virus), smoking, multiple partners, poor hygiene and family history. The signs associated with cervical cancer are vaginal bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse and vaginal discharge. There are preventive measures that should be observed such as good hygiene, not having sex with multiple partners, getting pap smear as a part of your routine physical check up. It is now possible to be vaccinated against cervical cancer though there are many apprehensions about its side effects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardasilâ&#x20AC;? is the vaccine available against HPV (which causes cervical cancer). It can be given to females between 9years and 45 years. This vaccine is administered in 3 doses over 6 months. Despite its success Gardasil has been the subject of controversy. People have been concerned about the long term efficacy of the

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vaccine. Also there have been reports of side effects as severe as blood clots and neurological disorders.

Relationship of DIET AND CANCER Contributed by Smt Surjit Kaur Vice President, Chandigarh Senior Citizens Associations

Cancers most commonly seen in males: Lung Cancer: It is the most prevalent cancer in males. The leading cause of lung cancer is smoking. Lung cancer is responsible for 1.3 million deaths worldwide annually, as of 2004. The occurrence of lung cancer in non smokers accounts for 15 % of the cases and is attributed to a combination of genetic factors, asbestos, radon gas and air pollution including second hand smoke. Signs and symptoms associated with lung cancer are shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chronic coughing, wheezing, chest pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, hoarse voice and difficulty in swallowing. The presence of lung cancer is detected by chest CT scan. The diagnosis is confirmed by taking a biopsy of the tissue and examining it under the microscope. Above is a CT scan where the mass encircled in red is a tumor. The staging of the cancer determines the mode of treatment, whether to opt for surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination. Prostate Cancer The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. The cause of prostate cancer is mainly attributed to genetic factors. Cancer causes an

Cancer is such a staggering epidemic-the sheer number of people affected by the disease is as heartbreaking as it is mystifying. As we are slowly learning more about the causes, we are beginning to learn more about preventive measures. In terms of the relationship between diet and cancer, this leads us to lists of what we should eat (artichokes and red wine, yay!) as well as the other side of the coin: what not to eat (french fries, sigh). In the book Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (New Society Publishers, 2007) the authors Liz Armstrong, Guy Dauncey and Anne Wordsworth consider the importance of eating specific foods and drinks for cancer protection as also ones that increase cancer risk. Here's what they suggest: Top 10 Foods and Drinks for Cancer Prevention 1. Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale. These score high for containing many anti-cancer substances, such as isothiocyanate. 2. Globe artichoke for very high levels of salvestrols. 3. Dark greens, such as spinach and romaine lettuce, for their fiber, folate and a wide range of cancer-fighting carotenoids. Other dark colored veggies, too, such as beets and red cabbage. 4. Grapes and red wine, especially for the resveratrol. 5. Legumes: beans, peas and lentils, for the saponins, protease inhibitors and more. 6. Berries, particularly blueberries, for the ellagic acid and anthocyanosides. 7. Flaxseed, especially if you grind it yourself and consume when fresh, for the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, lignans and other "good fats." 8. Garlic, onions, scallions, leeks and chives, for many anti-cancer substances including allicin. 9. Green tea, for its anti-cancer catechins, a potent anti-oxidant. 10. Tomatoes, for the famous flavenoid lycopene. Top 10 Foods That Increase Cancer Risk 1. All charred food, which create heterocyclic aromatic amines, known carcinogens. Even dark toast is suspect. 2. Well-done red meat. Medium or rare is better, little or no red meat is best. 3. Sugar, both white and brown-which is simply white sugar with molasses added. 4. Heavily salted, smoked and pickled foods, which lead to higher rates of stomach cancer. 5. Sodas/soft drinks, which pose health risks, both for what they containâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sugar and various additives-and for what they replace in the diet-beverages and foods that provide vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. 23


LAUGHING THROUGH CANCER Neena Singh FLYING TO SURVIVE On board a flight to Mumbai, the pilot announced, “That bump you heard was our last engine conking out. I am really sorry to tell you this, but we are going to crash into the ocean”. In the stunned silence that followed, an angry voice spoke out, "Dammit! That stupid doctor of mine! He said 1 was going to die of cancer, He lied! " REFUSING TREATMENT A woman with terminal cancer returns to religion with fervour. She knows that God will help her get better. Early in her sickness, a surgeon proposes radical surgery. "No!" She says, "I don't want to get mutilated & suffer pain. It is not necessary. God will help me." A while later, she sees a radiologist and he proposes radiation to treat the tumor, which by now is uncomfortably large. 'No', she says, ' I don't want radiation burns inside and out. It is not necessary. God will help me." A year later the cancer has metastasized. It is painful and she is referred to an Oncologist. Chemotherapy is advised. " NO!", she says, "I don't want to be sick all the time and lose my hair as well. It is not necessary. God will help me." Soon after she dies. She goes to Heaven (had to go to heaven with such blind faith) and demands an audience with God " Why didn't you help me?” she whines. “What do you mean? I sent you help three times—a surgeon, a radiologist and an oncologist. What more did you want?" PILLS The doctor repeated his instructions to the cancer patient. "The yellow pills are for your stomach, the red ones are for your swollen liver and the white ones are for your heart. Have you got this straight?" "It is all clear to me, I only hope the pills understand where they are supposed to go”. TALKING ABOUT DEATH Three terminally ill cancer patients were talking about death & dying. One asked, "When you are in your casket, and friends and family are mourning you, what would

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SURVIVOR-SPEAK POSITIVE ATTITUDE Gunwant Kaur, Lecturer (Retd) Govt. College Mohali Few days before I was diagnosed for having a malignant lump in my breast I read a story of a young girl Daniele Gracia in Reader Digest Jan 2010 who lost both arms and legs in an accident but fought against formidable odds to reclaim her life. She completed her studies, started leading a successful and meaningful life. She said, "I chose to live." Whenever we are forced into a situation

beyond our control we feel bad and depressed. I got a shock when I learnt about my breast cancer. It took me some time to take control of myself. I thought of that young girl and my own problem looked so small to me. My attitude changed. Life is beautiful and bountiful. I am rich with love and affection of my family and friends. Why should I feel bad? Why should my spirit die when I am alive and capable of living the style of life I am used to? Sometimes problems of life become solutions. Some relationships we keep taking for granted. Problems just make you realize how important everyone is, and how important you are

My Experience : Nitya Mohan My memory of my experience with cancer is quite hazy, as I was only 7 years old at that time, and for that I am very grateful. All I remember about those 2 years is that I underwent a lot of tests and scans initially for the unexplained severe pain in my right leg. Some of the tests were rather enjoyable, especially the MRI! Later, I had an operation which was quite a scary experience, and then the chemotherapy which was very unpleasant with the constant nausea and other side effects. However, even though I was confined to bed, and could not return to school because of my plaster, my love for reading prevented me from getting bored or depressed. In fact, in those two years, I finished reading and collected almost the entire Enid Blyton series. All of my family and friends were extremely loving and supportive. My elder sister spent a lot of time with me, acting as a 'Court Jester' to amuse me and distract me from

my nausea. My parents too handled the situation very wisely, and they told me just enough about the disease and its treatment. I knew all along that I had leukemia, but my parents made it seem like any other disease that would get cured, just the treatment was unpleasant. Today, looking back, I believe that I was amongst the lucky people with cancer, not only was my brush with cancer so mild, I also got the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Turkey, to participate in the IWCL (International Week for Children with Leukemia) organized by Losev and interact with cancer survivors and volunteers from so many countries and cultures. It has even given me the opportunity to meet and know so many wonderful people like the doctors at AIIMS and PGI, as well as the survivors and volunteers of Sahayta team. Also, it was only during my treatment that I actually felt God's presence even though I am not a very religious or spiritual person, I believe that during my treatment, it was God who kept me in ignorant bliss –yet not so ignorant – keeping 25


THE JOY OF BLOOD CANCER Pravin C. Jhaveri This is a strange title about my experience with a life threatening disease. I was diagnosed with blood cancer about 3 years back. My entire family was shattered. Few months earlier my sister had died due to blood cancer. However, we regained our confidence quickly and decided to fight the disease. I decided to make the best use of the remaining time available with me. After the death of my sister, I decided to get a Bone Marrow Donor Registry formed in India. We established Marrow Donor Registry (India). Our project requires an expense of Rs. 500 crores over 10 years to recruit one million Marrow donors. As Hon. Treasurer I was in touch with large number of Medical Oncologists and Hematologists. They gave me a realistic picture and suggested to have a very positive attitude. I am happy to say that I have now fully recovered from the disease, even though it can recur at any time. During my illness, whenever any relative came to see me, they will act kinder than usual. I knew that at the back of their mind, they were thinking that I am living my last few days. I was very amused by this. I was told chemotherapy is extremely painful.

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However, after every session of chemo, I used to go to my office directly from the doctor's clinic. Similarly, after bone marrow aspiration I attended the office immediately. My doctor brought new patients who were afraid of chemotherapy to me to show how calm I was and joking with the clinic staff. All was not smooth. There were days when I could have died. Once, during my sleep, I fell down and broke my ribs. However, I still continued to attend the office every day. The main advantage was that I could think deeply and tried to understand the inner meaning of life. In such times, you realize the deep affection that your family holds for you. They used to remain awake during the nights I had high fever or other difficulties and worried every time, I even coughed or sneezed. I realize that we have so many misconceptions about blood cancer and chemotherapy. I have spoken to scores of patients that blood cancer is a controllable disease and am happy to see them on the path of recovery. If our misconceptions are cleared, more people with blood cancer can take advantages of modern medicine, increase their longevity and lead an active and fruitful life. I have noticed that many people keep their illness a secret. Whereas I had told every one from the first day that I have

THE RIVER OF LIFE - Jiddu Krishnamurti Religion is the feeling of goodness, that love which is like the river, living, moving everlastingly. In that state... there is no longer any search at all, and this ending of search is the beginning of something totally different. The search for God, for truth, the feeling of being completely good -not the cultivation of goodness, of humility, but the seeking out of something beyond the inventions and tricks of the mind, which means having a feeling for that something, living in it, being it - that is true religion. But you can do that only when you leave the pool

VOLUNTEER-SPEAK thou esa dqN djus dh cgqr fnuks ls bPNk Fkh] ij dgrs gS gj pht dk ,d le; gksrk gSA dSalj lg;ksx laLFkk ds ckjs es lqqqqqqqqqqqquk Fkk ij ‘dSalj’ uke ls gh eu Mj tkrk FkkA 14 Qjojh 2009 esa ‘ljokbojl Ms’ ij eSaus bl laLFkk dk ,d mRlo ns[kk] dSalj ihfM+r cPpksa dks ukprs xkrs ns[kk ‘dSalj ljokbojl’ dh f[kyf[kykrh galh lquh] laLFkk ds izfr ,d fo'okl dh >yd ns[khA eu esa ls ,d gh vkokt+ vkbZ dSalj ls Mjuk ugh yM+uk gSA bl lLaFkk dk lnL; cuus ds fy, ‘lgk;rk iz/kku’ jsuw lSxy ls ckr dh rks mUgksus dgk fd mUgs “Commitment” pkfg,A QkSth vQlj dh iRuh gksus ds dkj.k 'kk;n “Commitment” gh esjs thou dh iwath FkhA eSus dqN ugh lkspk vkSj bl lLaFkk dh lnL; cu xbZA dgus dks rks eq>s ,d o"kZ In this troubled world it's refreshing to find someone who still has the time to be kind, someone who still has the faith to believe that the more you give the more you receive, someone who is ready by thought ,word or deed to reach out a hand in the hour of need. I lost my mother due to cancer a year ago. This was the primary reason I decided not to sit back, but to help families affected by cancer. While browsing for organisations working for cancer patients, I found Sahayta and contacted Mr Tuli. Sahayta welcomed me with open arms. I opted to work as hospital volunteer at PGI hematology department every Monday. The experience till now is fabulous and I am trying to contribute as much as I can in other activities of the NGO. One thing I admire about Sahayta is that the motivation to work is not money but inner desire to help people. You get appreciated for every small contribution you make towards the organisation. Every volunteer is a role model and there is so much to learn from each of them. My association with Sahayta will be life long as I join hands with them in their endeavour to make

The pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work - Aristotle

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A TRIBUTE To My Mother, Karuna Puri A tribute to my mother, Karuna Puri, now seems Her father, an educationist, who was a to me one of the toughest tasks I have ever Headmaster in D.A.V School, trained her to be a undertaken. As a child, it was so Easy to write an graduate teacher. She served as a teacher, little essay on “My Mother”. Now, after so many knowing how it would help her to survive as she years it seems a mammoth task as there is so lost both her parents soon. much that I want to include about her since my God then gave her happiness as she got understanding about her has married to Virender who loved increased manifold. and cared for her till her last I wonder if parents even breath. Karuna served her family wonder or think about it selflessly to see them happy. She when they keep names of felt satisfied seeing her son and their children, about the daughter happily married and implications it might have on settled in their life and career. the lives of their children. Karuna Puri with her daughter Anu The last phase of her life became “Karuna” was an epitome of painful for her when she suffered love, sacrifice and `seva'. The mantra of her life from cancer but found a willpower to fight it was one word- seva. She served her mother as a and she survived. She made “Sahayata” Society child, who was a freedom-fighter, so that she purpose of her life and enjoyed going to fund could serve the nation better. As a teenager, she raising events and loved to knit caps and went for protests and processions against the sweaters for children suffering from cancer. Britishers and also was the secretary of Youth Now, she's no more and I sit here writing about Congress. She was also a part of Swadeshi her and I realize that she truly was a great movement. woman besides being my mother. I have learnt

YOU ARE A BLUE PEARL Sri Sri Ravi Shankar We are all floating in an ocean of life; a big life. It is not just empty space all around us; it is lively big life. And in the big sea of life there, all shells are floating and each shell has got a little water in it which is not the water separate from the water in the sea. So, we come out of our shells and experience, "I am not just in the body, but I am expanded all over; everywhere, it's me there and it's me here. I see myself in everybody". That is the essence of life! The Art of Living Foundation.

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MAMMOGRAPHY CAMPS

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STRIDE AGAINST CANCER 8th December 2009

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STRIDE AGAINST CANCER

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CANCER CARE INDIA GENERAL BODY MEET

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CULTURAL PROGRAMME BY SURVIVORS

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SURVIVORS’ DAY

SURVIVORS’ DAY

SPEAKERS

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CANCER AWARENESS 3BRD, CHANDIGARH

3BRD, CHANDIGARH

KALKA VILLAGE

SEC. 25 COLONY, CHANDIGARH

SAHAYTA CENTRE, CHANDIGARH

12 WING, CHANDIGARH

NAYA GAON

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BAL VIBHAG

CHITKARA COLLEGE, RAJPURA

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SAHAYTA US UPDATE Aman Khaira Since its inception in June 2006 Sahayta's international chapter in Boston has raised more than $72000 (33 lakhs). The board currently has 3 members. Aman Khaira Avnish Patel Amish Gandhi

Sahayta US raised $10,000 (5 lakhs) in 2009. From 2010 onwards the AMAN KHAIRA Sahayta US chapter has moved from Boston to New York City.

Sahayta US Major Donors Reena Mahal rupees) Manish Choprarupees)

$4000 (2,00,000

$1000 (50,000

Vikramjit Kanwar- $500 (25,000 rupees) Sathish Vadhiyar-

$312 (15,500 rupees)

Manish Dhingra -

$300 (15,000 rupees)

Tina Sapra-

$250 (12,000 rupees)

Bethany Butler-

$100 (5,000 rupees)

Lokesh Arlagadda- $100 (5,000 rupees) Hariharan Veeriah- $100 (5,000 rupees)

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Bimla Bindra Jeevan Sahayta Scholarship Rita Paul from New Jersey has set up an annual fund for $1200 (60,000 rupees) in the memory of her mother (pictured below on the left along with Sahayta volunteer Mrs. Gurpreet Khaira).

The fund is called the Bimla Bindra Jeevan Sahayta Scholarship. The fund sponsored the chemotherapy treatment for Azka Masroor (receiving the scholarship from


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FINANCIAL REPORT For the year ended 31st March 2010 My mother, our founder president had a vision that Sahayta must build its corpus so that the work we have started never stops. She visualized that one day the interest from the corpus will be enough to support the expenditure for treatment of patients and Sahayta will then be able to reach out to more needy patients in other cities as well. It is a pleasure to see that we are progressing in that direction with increasing corpus & increasing interest income. We continue to fulfill our motto that "no one

should die due to lack of funds" . Mom we really miss you! This year's Balance sheet was prepared by our auditors M/S Davinder S. Jaaj & Co. DONATIONS RECEIVED : Year Amount (Rs) 2009-10 43,30,960.00 2008-09 52,15,997.00 2007-08 49,95,379.00 EXPENDITURE ON TREATMENT OF CANCER PATIENTS : Year Amount (Rs) 2009-10 27,20,545.00 2008-09 22,63,536.00 2007-08 17,11,252.00 2006-07 13,15,589.00 CANCER AWARENESS PROGRAMME: As a further aim to enable early detection of cancer, we spent Rs 215,553 for holding camps to spread awareness.

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OTHER RECEIPTS : A sum of Rs 4,43,596/- [PY Rs 3,51,804/-] was credited to our account as interest income. CANCER CARE EXPENSES : A sum of Rs 49,575 [PY Rs 66,012] was spent on the purchase of Mastectomy Bras and prosthesis for breast cancer patients and were sold at par to the patients. REHABILITATION & OTHER EXPENSES ON CANCER PATIENTS & THEIR FAMILIES: We spent an amount of Rs 220,100 on Vidya jyoti project (Education for family members) and Rs 1,04,652 for ration to patients, rehabilitation & food. OTHER EXPENSES : An amount of Rs 7,56,325 was spent on the printing of brochures, pamphlets, information leaflets for patients, Newsletter and greeting cards painted by cancer patients, toys for cancer afflicted children, donation box, mementos. The other expenses like salary of a driver, accountant and peon, petrol expenses for transporting volunteers and terminally ill cancer patients to the hospital and for home visits, telephone expense, bank charges, rehabilitation expenses and expenses for holding the survivor day function are included. "There is no limit to what you can do, if you don't care who gets the credit" CAPITAL FUND : A sum of 7,10,308 was added to our capital fund and the total fund stands at 92,81,013 as on 31/03/2010. The capital fund is being accumulated so as to ensure our continuous support to needy patients can be funded from interest generated & the donations could then be used for other projects to give better facilities to patients.

HEARTFELT GRATITUDE Renu Saigal We at Sahayta believe that one may have earned money, fame and success but unless one has helped someone who cannot repay, life is not worth living. Many of our donors and supporters also believe the same, thus enabling us to help so many. It is indeed gratifying to see Sahayta literally help a young cancer patient, Shikha stand upright with artificial leg, courtesy Dr VJS Vohra and enable Mohan Singh, patient of throat cancer, to speak with voice box. On June 21st 2009, birth anniversary of our founder president Neelu Tuli, we were able to launch our dream project of free mobile mammography & cancer detection camps in and around Chandigarh. We have achieved beyond our expectations because of the synergy created through close co-operation with like minded organizations like Jatt Sikh Welfare Association, YTTS and Aruna Asaf Ali Memorial Trust and the dedicated team of our volunteers for their selfless service performed with love & compassion. We are extremely grateful to our Olympic Champion, Abhinav Bindra for accepting our request to flag off cancer awareness walk on 8th December 2009 as well as for donating Rs 1 Lakh. Our special thanks to Mrs Jean Roderigues & Dr Raj Bahadur for getting sanctioned mobile mammography van for Chandigarh. We are indebted to Dr K K Talwar, Director PGI for enabling us to get done the reporting of mammograms taken in June camps from PGI. We are grateful to Dr N Khandelwal, HOD, Dr Veenu and technician Mr Sudhir of

Radiodiagnosis Dept. for facilitating breast cancer screening of ladies recommended by Sahayta twice a month. Thanks are due to P.G.I doctors & their staff specially Dr. S.C. Sharma, Dr. Firuza Patel, Dr. Rakesh Kapoor, Dr. Sushmita, Dr Minni & other doctors from Radiotherapy, Dr. Subhash Verma, Dr. Pankaj, Dr. Sanjay Jain & all other doctors from Haematology and Dr. R.K. Marwaha, Dr. Amita Trehan , Dr Deepak Bansal& Dr Sumeet Singh from Paediatrics. Our special thanks to Mrs. Raman and Mr. Sanjeev Goyal for showing trust and faith in us by donating Rs.20000 p.m. since 2004, Go Ish Remedies Ltd for donating Rs 11000 every month and to teachers and students of Oatlands College for donating Rs. 3.5 lakhs for the treatment of children afflicted with cancer. Mrs Ajay Swaroop, President, SBI Ladies Club for generous donation of 1 lakh. Mr Vijay Passi for donating Rs 1 Lakh in memory of his wife. Mr A S Duggal for donating Rs 1 Lakh. Mr and Mrs S K Sharma for their valuable support. Aman Khaira for enthusiastically working for Sahayta in USA. Our special thanks to Mr Virender Puri & late Mrs Karuna Puri for graciously volunteering to pay lease money of Rs 40,000/- for Sahayta Cancer Kendra every year. Global Cancer Concern for donating Rs 1,20,000/- for Vidya Jyoti Project. We are extremely beholden to 3BRD and 12 Wing of Air Force for joining us in our fight against cancer and for donating generously for the cause. 41


LIST OF DONORS Thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Gakkar for sponsoring the treatment of Chintu, an ALL patient who had a relapse in November, 2009. Our grateful thanks to State Bank Ladies Club for sponsoring the treatment of one patient every month. We are also grateful to Sr. Citizen association Sector 18, for help in organizing mammography camp at Sector 18, Chandigarh. Mr Atul Khanna, Durga Dass Foundation Chandigarh for sponsoring Dance workshop of APC Children with Shaimak Dawar group. We are grateful to Mr & Mrs Sodhi for generous

donation of Rs 85,000 and to Ms Manjit Pall, survivor, Gupta Agencies and Bhagwati Medicos PGI for donating Rs 20,000 each. Thanks to Mr Mohinder Singh Lamba for raising Rs 20,000 in Kullu. Thanks to Prisha and Vihaan Mangat for donating Rs 20,000/ from their birthday fund and sponsoring the Mamography Camp. Our special thanks to Mr Daniel Chopra and Dr Mangla Dogra for donating Rs 25000 and Rs 10,000/ respectively for Mamography Camp. Doaba Group of Colleges and Thunder Zone for

LIFE MEMBERS 2009-10

291. Mr A.S. Narula 292. Mr AS Duggal 293. Dr Amita Trehan 294. Ms Anjali Chander Canada 295. Anu Aggarwal 296. Mr Arvind Tuli 297. Mrs Asha Kahlon 298. Mr Daniel Chopra 299. Mr D.N. Pandit, CGM, SBI (Retd.)

300. Devin Markanda - Student 301. Hardavin Vohra - Social Worker 302. Harleen 303. Smt Jaswant Kaur-House wife/social worker 304. Mr Jasjit Singh-Income tax Lawyer 305. Mrs J.P. Singh 306. Mrs Kanwal Panwar 307. Col. Kawaljit Singh 308. Mr Kashmir Singh Mangat.

309. Mrs Kanwal Thakur Singh Pannu 310. Leela Ramnik Shah 311. Dr. Manjushree Sharma, Fmr. G.M. operations Alchemist Hospital, PKL 312. Dr Mangat Dogra 313. Mrs Melody Chander- Canada 314. Mrs Nimma Dandona 315. Ms Nitasha Ahuja

FRAGRANCE OF A SMILE • A smile costs nothing but gives much, it enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. • A smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. • Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. Nothing better to spread than a smile this New Year. 42

10000 (Ten Thousand) & above • Mrs. Abha Mahajan • Mr Ahalkam • Mr Ajay Mathur • Mr Anupinder Singh Grewal • Chairman, St Kabir Public School • Dr. Anurag Sharma • Mrs Ajit Narula • Mrs Babita • Mrs Daman Mangat • Mrs Darshan Nagpal • Dohle Denautic India Pvt. Ltd. • Dr J P Singhvi, Neurologist • Mr D.K.Bhopal • Empire Stores

• Essen Dinky • Mr Gaurav Kashyap • Go-Ish Remedies • Mrs. Hardaven Vohra • Mr Harbinder Singh, Raymond • Mr Harjeet Singh, Weldon • Mr H. Vohra • 12 Wing, IAF, Chandigarh • 3 BRD, IAF, Chandigarh • Jaquar • Mrs Kulwant Kaur • Mr K. Jasbir Singh • Mr Kanwaljit Singh • Mrs Kirti Mohan Naithani • Krishna Auto Sales

• Mr K S. Grewal • Mrs Mangla Dogra • Magna Automation Limited • Mrs Manjeet Bhatti • Mrs Namita Gautam • RNA Enterprises • Mr Raj Kumar Chopra, USA • Mrs Rashmi Dhaliwal • Dr. Rohit Ahuja • Dr. Satish Chander • Mr Sanjiv Chopra, USA • Mrs Shelly Aggarwal • Mr Satish Mehra • Mr S.V. Kessar • Mr S.K. Sharma • Mr SS Mongia CE (Retd)

5000 (Five Thousand) & above • Aggarwal Oil Mills • Mrs Anchal Bhasin • Mr Anish • Ms Asha Chopra • Mrs Bakshish Sarkaria • Mr Baldev Krishan Handa. • Bhagwati Medicos • Mr Dalip Singh • Dimpy Gujral • Durga Indramani Foundation • Eclat Consulting Group • Dr Goel • Mr Gurinder Singh • Mrs Harinder Kaur Bolarya • Mrs Harneet Suri • Mrs Harpreet • Miss Harpreet Chhabra • Mr HL Chawala • Mrs. Inderjit Kahlon

• Mrs. Iqbal Inderjeet Gewal • Mr Jasbir Singh Kapoor • Dr. Jyotsna Sachdeva • Mrs Jasminder Kaur

• Dr. Praneet Gerwal • Miss Promilla Chand • Mr Rakesh Talwar (Jewellers) • Mr Ram Ratan Aggarwal • Mr Jagseer Mann • Mr Ravinder Khanna • Mrs Jasvinder Kaur • Mr Romesh Chander Dogra • Ms Roopit Swani • JR E W Steels Ltd. • Mrs Jiti Chawla • Mrs Ramesh Mahindroo • Ms Karamjit Brar • Mrs Ramesh Gaind • Late Mrs Kanta Devi • Mrs Ranju Bhasin • Mrs Rajni Gakkar • Mr Madhukar Khosla • Mrs Manmohan Singh Chadha • Mrs Santosh Kapoor • Mr Manish Chandra • Mrs. Santosh Madan • Mrs Mohinder Kaur • Mrs Kanta Sharma • Mrs Neeru Khosla • Mr SD Sharma • Mrs Nirmal Arora • Mrs Sheela Singh • Passim Medico camp Agency • Mrs Shanti Saigal • Mr. Puri • Mr Surinder Mohan Nagpal • Mr Pankaj Sharma • Mr Surjit Singh 43


SAHAYTA TEAM NAME

PHONE & Email

NAME

SERVICES

PHONE & Email

Mrs Renu Saigal, dob: 14th July

Survivor, Hospital Volunteer, Fund Raising, 98724-57474 Awareness, Record keeping, Newsletter renu_saigal@yahoo.com

Dr Poornima Kappal dob: 16th Oct.

Fund Raising, Awareness

2724195, 98761-10547

Mr. Ajay Tuli dob: 29th Nov.

Administration

Ms Dolly Soni dob: 21st Jun Ms Ruma Soni dob: 4th Nov

Hospital Volunteer

2547485, 2545613 98881-63706 98884-53423, 2547485, 2545613

Ms Santosh Bhan dob: 05th Oct. Dr. Swatantar Kapoor dob: 15th Aug. C.A. Arvind Tuli dob: 10th Dec. Dr Virender Kappal dob: 25th Oct.

Hospital Volunteer, Fund Raising, Awareness Awareness, Fund Raising, Newsletter Accounts

Meetings Records, Awareness

2722454, 93161-20808

98763-44662 ridhimansijbhan@yahoo.co.in 94632-00669 kswatantar@hotmail.com 99150-01199

98159-40547 dr.kappal@gmail.com

Ms. Aaradhana Mittal Children Cancer Clinics dob: 05th Dec. aaradhna_mittal@hotmail.com

98728-50500

Ms Sharda Ahuja dob: 29th Dec.

Hospital Volunteer, NCC Awareness

94171-83302 bbahuja39@gmail.com

Ms Indira Narula dob: 21st Jan

Survivor, Fund Raising, Hospital Volunteer, Bal Niketan

2596215, 93161-31562

Ms Sheena Tuli dob: 23rd March

Newsletter

9915121199

Ms Raj Gupta dob: 17th Aug

Hospital Volunteer Mastectomee Materials

2563388, 98142-20389 mrsrajgupta@yahoo.com

Ms Indu Makkar dob: 31st Jan

Bal Niketan, Fund Raising

Ms Mohini Loomba dob: 30th Jun

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SERVICES

Fund Raising, Awareness, Hospital Volunteer, Record Updating

Hospital Volunteer

Ms Priya Soni dob: 16th Oct.

Hospital Volunteer

2547485, 2545613 97816-06050

Ms Varinder Bhangu dob: 3rd Dec.

Hospital Volunteer Fund Raising, awareness

4636213, 9855612932

Ms Daman Mangat dob: 1st Oct.

Survivor, Hospital Vol., Donation Boxes Awareness, Fund Raising

98140-09879, 2724955 damanmangat@yahoo.com

Ms Neena Singh dob: 1st May

Survivor, Breast Cancer Awareness, Hospital Vol., Fund Raising

97795-99883, 2604080 neena44@gmail.com

Dr Nirmala Chaudhary dob: 26th Oct.

Home Counselling

2567376 2586010

Ms Ranjana Tulsi dob: 17th Dec.

Survivors' Club, Mammography at PGI Hospital Volunteer, Fund Raising

98881-41944, 2705857 rtpstulsi@hotmail.com

Ms Asha Pandit dob: 22nd Sept.

Fund Raising, Awareness,

2581070, 94175-65996

Ms Gurpreet Khaira Survivor, Hospital Volunteer, dob: 22nd Sept. Fund Raising, Vidya Jyoti Project gurpreetkhaira2@gmail.com

2544708, 98143-48289

2576003, 98887-58731

Ms Kulwant Kaur dob: 30th Sept.

Hospital Volunteer, Awareness, Fund Raising, Record updating

98886-92139, 2780345

Fund Raising, Hospital Volunteer, Awareness

2779940, 4649940

2603920, 98151-11660

Ms Mukta Khaira dob: 28th Aug. Mrs. Pammi Sarkaria

Hospital Volunteer

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NAME

SERVICES

dob: 30th Apr

Fund Raising, Awareness

5078296

dob: 7th May

Mrs Sudesh Gupta dob: 13th Apr

Hospital Volunteer, Awareness, Fund Raising, Record updating

93160-41847 sudesh2000@yahoo.com

Dr Jagdip Singh Vasdev dob: 6th Mar

Fund Raising, Awareness

98156-09944

Ms Madhu Nagpal dob: 8th Feb

Hospital Vol, Awareness & Fund Raising 2543871, 98769-77285 smnagpal@hotmail.com

Ms Kundmala Aggarwal dob: 26th Jun

Hospital Volunteer

93161-37121

Ms Gulshan Gawri dob: 15th Dec.

Survivor & Supporter

2673087

Hospital Volunteer Mrs Lalima Batta dob: 4th May lalimabatta@hatmail.com

98723-01177

Mrs Rajani Gakkar dob: 2nd May

Fund Raising, Hospital Volunteer

0172-2563286, 98880-61556

Ms Mitali dob: 1st Sept

Fund Raising

98151-38097

Ms Harinder dob: 15th Dec.

Supporter

98760-96400

Mr. V.K. Puri Survivor & Fund Raising dob: 19th Jul virinderkaruna@hotmail.com

2624982, 98155-26051

Mrs. Neera Gupta dob: 22nd Nov

Survivor & Fund Raising

2567700, 98146-39911

Ms. Nimmi Sahdev dob: 5th Sept.

Supporter

2700943 94170-17803

Mrs. Ved Nanda dob: 15th Apr.

Survivor: Awareness & Fund Raising

98140-10291

Mrs Divya Jyot Kaur dob: 10th Nov.

Survivor & Supporter

98156-11146

Mrs. Veena Wig dob: 10th Nov.

Survivor, Awareness

93160-29312 wignn@yahoo.co.in

Ms Harmeet Kaur dob: 7th May hermee700@gmail.com

Survivor & Supporter

98140-94935

Mrs. Kamal Sekhon dob: 27th Jul

Survivor & Fund Raising

9417003453 Ms Nitya Mohan dob: 6th Oct.

Survivor & Supporter

9646315611 nitya_89@yahoo.com

Ms. Manjit Singh dob: 8th Dec

Hospital Volunteer, Fund Raising & Awareness

95016-58766 brambles19@hotmail.com

Mrs Shobha Koser dob: 12th Aug.

Survivor & Supporter

2600451, 98761-55534

Ms. Kanwal Panwar dob: 7th Feb

Fund Raising & Awareness

2780041, 2726571 98155-16589

Maya Awasthi dob: 27th Jul

Survivor & Supporter

98968-84810

Ms Inderpal Bains dob: 11th Jul.

Awareness & Fund Raising

Mrs Shanti Sagal dob: 1st Feb.

Supporter

2544104

Ms. S. Inderjit Wirk dob: 7th Sept.

Fund Raising

Ms Menka Khosla dob: 21st Jun

Supporter

98551-08251

Mrs Neeru Khosla dob: 8th Mar

Supporter

98766-63366

Ms Surjeet Sukhdev Singh Fund Raising 46

PHONE & Email

98156-36682

98158-75976 2540479 98154-10750

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