MU­SI­CAL SUP­PORT Cher­ish Life gives chil­dren with can­cer a sec­ond chance

Mid Day - - Up & About - Ir­shad Kamil, lyri­cist

AC­CORD­ING to med­i­cal sta­tis­tics, there are 50,000 new cases of child­hood can­cer in In­dia ev­ery year. This, de­spite the fact that 90% of child­hood can­cers are cur­able if the right treat­ment is pro­vided in time. That’s a big ‘if’ be­cause many fam­i­lies in In­dia can­not af­ford the high cost of the treat­ment. “Poverty is the main killer,” says Blanche Sal­danha, who es­tab­lished the Cher­ish Life In­dia Foun­da­tion six years ago to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive treat­ment and care to chil­dren with can­cer from the un­der-priv­i­leged sec­tors of so­ci­ety.

In a bid to give chil­dren with can­cer a sec­ond chance, Cher­ish Life part­nered with Mum­bai’s Sion Hospi­tal which is re­puted for its treat­ment of can­cer. Cher­ish Life has set up a spe­cial ward in the hospi­tal with equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties on par with in­ter­na­tional can­cer-care cen­tres. Spe­cial­ist doc­tors and nurs­ing staff help chil­dren with can­cer fight the dis­ease and come through to live a nor­mal life. Hun­dreds of cases of can­cer and other blood-re­lated dis­eases have been treated here. In ad­di­tion, more than 25 bone mar­row trans­plants (BMT) have been com­pleted suc­cess­fully.

To raise funds for the treat­ment of chil­dren with can­cer, Cher­ish Life will hold a char­ity event on Fe­bru­ary 22, 2019 at the Jamshed Bhabha the­atre, NCPA, Na­ri­man Point. The pop­u­lar singer SHAAN will be per­form­ing along with other singers and dancers to make this an evening of spec­tac­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment for a note­wor­thy cause. All pro­ceeds from the show will go to­wards the treat­ment of can­cer chil­dren.

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