MUSICAL SUPPORT Cherish Life gives children with cancer a second chance
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.