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Rose Day, CPAA's call to connect with cancer in a non-medical way was launched on September 22, 1994. A relief moment, CPAA opened cancer to mass compassion and goodwill. A simple human gesture to reach out and say you care with a rose and light up someone's life. Several patient-outreach programs were organised by CPAA in the last 2 weeks of September to commemorate this day.

Variety entertainment programmes were held and goody-bags distributed across the cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune at hospitals and medical institutes like: ACTREC, AIMS Mumbai, AIIMS New Delhi, Asha Cancer Hospital, Balabhai Nanavati, Bhagwandas Dharamshala, Bhakti Vedanta, Bharti Hospital, Boman Dhabur, Cama Hospital, Deenanath Hospital, Garib Nawaz, Hinduja, Indrayani Hospital, Inlaks Hospital, Jehangir Hospital, KEM Hospital, Mhaskar, Nair Hospital, Nana Palkar Dharamshala, Noori Musafir Khana, Parsi General, Prince Ali Khan, Shanti Avedna Sadan, Sahyadri Hospital, Sasson Hospital, Sion Hospital, St. Judes, Tata Memorial Hospital, Wadia Hospital and CPAA's Rehabilitation Centre. Patients and their care-givers were treated to performances by acclaimed artists. Celebrities joined CPAA in making this day a memorable one.






A support group meeting for Breast Cancer survivors was held at AIIMS on 11 Sept. A discussion on Socio- Psycho issues faced by survivors was facilitated by Breast cancer Surgeon Dr. Anita Dhar and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Savita Sapra. They were joined in by care-givers Ankur Prakash and Vini Bhatnagar to share their experiences. After these discussions a few survivors entertained the participants with songs and skits. The participants were gifted goody bags by Kiran Hukku, Director of New Delhi branch and were treated to evening snacks by Aurate Ltd.

On 21 Sept, a special screening of the movie 'Welcome Back' was organised for childhood cancer patients at DT Cinema followed by a sumptuous lunch at Hard Rock Cafe and at Dhaba by Claridges. The staff members of both the places performed dance items to entertain patients and show their support for the cause.

Rose Day was celebrated with great fervour on 22 Sept at the Pediatric wards of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the presence of Prof M C Misra (Director), Mr V Srinivas (Deputy Director), Prof D K Sharma (Medical Superintendent), Prof V K Paul, (Head of Pediatrics) and CPAA's Kiran Hukku. Along-with distribution of roses and goody bags, a fun filled activity was organised for the children visiting the day care ward. The students of Pearl Academy performed and played games with them. All the participants were treated with sumptuous snacks sponsored by Cipla Ltd.

Bollywood Singer Vipin Aneja sang and entertained the patients followed by musical performances by a group from Khar Gymkhana and a Church choir group on 22 Sept at the Shanti Avedna Hospice. Actress Bhagyashree graced the event organised for childhood cancer patients at the St. Jude India Child Care Centre on 26 Sept. The children had a wonderful time with her and enjoyed the gifts that she distributed. Famed singer Sandeep Batra performed for the patients of B J Wadia Hospital on 29 Sept. Floral arrangements were put up in various cancer wards and cancer care centers by CPAA's social workers and volunteer teams to cheer up and raise the spirits of the patients and their families battling the big 'C'. All these programs were possible because of the generous donation of The Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.

CPAA's staff along with volunteers from MasterCard visited Indrayani, Deenanath, Sahyadri, Bharti Hospital, Jehangir, Inlaks and Sasson Hospitals to celebrate Rose Day from 10 - 24 Sept. They gifted the patients traveling bags, umbrellas, lunch boxes, toiletries, biscuits, juices, jam tubs and complan with roses. A team of dance therapists from Dr. Nikita Mittal's 'Life and Dance Academy' conducted an enlivening session with the patients and caretakers at Command Hospital on 21 Sept.

On 22 Sept, the students of Victorious Kids Educares entertained patients at Ruby Hall Clinic and greeted them with handmade cards. Rotary Club of Kalyani Nagar entertained the patients and their caretakers at the Cipla Palliative Care on 24 Sept by singing popular old melodies. A Rose Day party was hosted by the Mc Donald's outlet at Kalyani Nagar on 28 Sept. In addition to the delicious McMeal and dance party the patients were given a tour of their kitchen. 

October-Breast Cancer Survivor Month

New Delhi: A Breast Cancer Awareness lecture was organised for over 200 students and teachers of Amity Business School, Noida on 7 Oct. Dr Geeta Kadyaparth explained the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and the importance and method of doing breast self examination to detect any irregularity at an early stage. She urged the students to take this message home by gifting a mammogram to their mothers on their birthdays. A similar talk was given to the women employees at the WSP Groups, Noida followed by screening camps on 13 Oct. A Breast Cancer awareness lecture was conducted for the students of IIT Delhi. An additional module of Head and Neck cancer was also added was the benefit of the male attendees'.  The International Labour Organisation (ILO) invited CPAA to talk to their women employees on breast and cervix cancer awareness. A separate lecture on Head and Neck and Prostate cancer awareness was conducted for male staff.  

A special screening of the movie 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' was sponsored by DT Cinema, Saket on the occasion of Survivors' Day on 25 Oct. Post movie the invitees were treated with sumptuous lunch at TGI Friday. The Guest of Honor, Prof. Julka (Head of Radio Therapy, AIIMS) whole heartedly participated in the event along with his wife and interacted with the survivors during lunch to boost their morale.

Pune: Dr. Shekhar Kulkarni's team and CPAA conducted breast cancer screening camps for the teachers and the housekeeping staff at The Orbis School on 17 Oct and Dr (Mrs) Erin Nagarvala High School on 28 Oct.

New Delhi: Teacher's Day was celebrated by the children of CPAA-GCF Project with their counselors, nursing staff and resident doctors who play a significant role as trainers and educators throughout their treatment process. They were treated to a special screening of the movie 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' at DT Star Cinema on 4th September at DLF Place, Saket. The children were treated to sumptuous snacks during the movie by the organisers.

Mumbai: Every year actor and CPAA patron Vivek Oberoi celebrates his birthday with childhood cancer patients at CPAA and this year was no different. He organised a special screening of the hit comedy movie 'Welcome Back' at Big Cinemas, Wadala on 12 Sep. Singer Neha Bhasin joined them in this celebration which was followed by an evening of music and dance.

Mumbai: A Patient Donor Meet was organised on 1 Oct. Childhood cancer patients, adopted by the Tata group we were invited to meet their chairman and staff. The children were treated to a movie and burgers from McDonald's. They were all gifted a school bag each filled with gifts.

Mumbai: A series of 3 awareness presentations was held at Rosy Blue Diamond Company, Kandivili for their staff members on 1 Oct.
New Delhi: Anti Tobacco Workshops were held on 1 October at APJ School, Saket for 150 students of classes 8 - 10 and on 8 Oct at the Millennium School, Noida for their students of classes 8 - 11.

New Delhi: A cancer screening camp was conducted on 9 Oct for a group of 125 underprivileged women and children from Patel Nagar, Balabhgargh. 

Mumbai: A Cancer Screening and Early Detection Camp was organised at the Indian Red Cross Society Dadra and Nagar Haveli on 30 and 31 Oct for 500 people.


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