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Ghazal Khazana 2014: Celebrating 13 glorious years of soulful melodies, the most talented Ghazal singers of the decade performed together on a single stage to raise funds for CPAA and PATUT (The Parents Association Thalassaemic Unit). This annual fundraiser spear-headed by noted Ghazal singer Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas provides a rare opportunity for Ghazal aficionados to experience live performances by a multitude of renowned and talented artist in one show, whilst donating towards a noble cause. This year's Khazana celebrated 'Ghazals and Nazms' in 100 years of Indian Cinema' and featured performances by Pankaj Udhas, Suresh Wadkar, Talat Aziz, Sonu Nigam, Sadhna Sargam, Bhupinder and Mitali Singh, Shruti Pathak, Runa and Neha Rizvi, Tauseef Akhtar, Surinder Khan and Pooja Gaitonde.

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CPAA is now a TISS-empanelled and a GiveIndia certified NGO

Skip-a-thon Culminating Event: A first of its kind event, Skip-a-thon, 'Skip- for- a- cause' activity where school students were educated, encouraged and channelized into raising funds for cancer patients was a huge success. Fifteen schools participated with amazing results. Childhood obesity and life-style diseases have become a major concern. A sedentary life pushing buttons is getting our kids nowhere. Skip-a-thon was a fun initiative to drive kids towards health-consciousness, while growing the spirit of volunteerism. The culminating event was held on 12 July at St. Teresa's Convent High School, Mumbai. Picture Gallery >>

CPAA's Susmita Mitra conducted a 3 day Psycho Oncology workshop for the staff and volunteers of Snehanchal NGO of Nagpur from 8 - 10 July at their Palliative Home. Snehanchal Palliative Home has been serving palliative patients from Maharashtra and MP. Their dedicated group of volunteers is also doing excellent work in the Regional Cancer Centre of Nagpur.

CPAA's Executive Director Neeta More was invited to participate in the 'Vyasanmukti Saahitya Sammelan' organised by the Social Justice Department of Maharashtra on 14 and 15 July 2014 at the Yashvantrao Chavan Pratishthan , Colaba, Mumbai and by the Public Health Foundation of India to participate in PHFI - Camtech India Clinical Summit and Hack-A Thon in Bangalore on 18 July 2014 as a panelist on Voice of the patient: Challenges in Accessing Quality RMNCH Care.

On the Eve of Independence Day, CPAA and JSM Medical Trust had organised a drawing competition for childhood cancer patients of KEM Hospital. The competition was judged by actress Aditi Sarangdhar, Dr. Chandrakala, Head of Heamatology Dept and CPAA's Director Special Projects, Piali Syam.


Awareness: CPAA's Neelima Batra conducted a lecture on breast and cervix cancer awareness for the beneficiaries of SOS village, Gurukul, Faridabad on 16 July. The women were also educated on personal hygiene and cleanliness and given up tips on how to follow a healthy and nutritious yet economical diet.

An awareness program on the ill-effects of tobacco was conducted at Vidya Niketan School, Saket on 22 August. Students of class 6 - 8 attended this program along-with their teachers. This was followed by an interactive and informative presentation by Dr Deepali Kapoor of Apollo Hospital about ill effects of tobacco. She also invited the children to become CPAA's ambassadors and help spread the message further to their family and friends. The lecture enthused the children who pledged to say no to tobacco.

A health check up camp for 90 women and children was organised for the beneficiaries of SOS Village, Faridabad on 16 July. Another early detection camp was held at Okhla Centre in association with Vidya Foundation on 21 August for 97 people.

A Special Support Group Meeting of breast cancer survivors was organised on 5 July. This meeting was dedicated to Ms R Anuradha a valued volunteer of CPAA who fought her battle with breast cancer gallantly. She displayed tremendous courage and determination for 17 years before she succumbed to it. She was also an editor in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. On this occasion Dr. Julka, Dean of AIIMS and Dr. Anurag Srivastava, Head of Surgical Disciplines spoke on issues related to women's health.

CPAA's Rashmi Warty was invited by New Express Channel  on 9 July to speak on NGO's role in helping Bone Marrow Transplant patients.

Raksha Bandhan  celebrated with great fervour on 8 August by the adults and kids alike at the Rajgharia Dharamshala. The women participated enthusiastically in the Mehendi designing competition and the childhood cancer patients and their siblings brought a wave of cheer and laughter during the interactive games and drawing competition. They all enjoyed the refreshments sponsored by a generous donor.

Independence Day was celebrated in the Pediatric wards of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on 14 August. Childhood cancer patients sang patriotic songs and tricolor flags and wrist bands were distribute by the Flag Foundation of India. Prof V K Paul, Head of Pediatric Dept and Dr Rachna Seth, Head, Pediatric Oncology participated in these celebrations.


A cancer screening camp was held on 8 July 2014 at Malewadi (Talegaon) for 38 women.

'Friends of Upasana' organized a cultural fundraising nite on 10 August for CPAA. The students danced enthusiastically to several patriotic songs. This event was organised by Mita Banerjee , Writer and Founder of Team Miracle.


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