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22nd September is a day conceived and ear marked by Cancer Patients Aid Association to bring cheer, happiness and smiles to cancer patients all over the country.... it's the time to celebrate Rose Day. A series of entertainment programs were organised by the association from 16-24 September 2007 for the patients at the various cancer treatment centers, lodges, hospitals and dharamshalas.
Snapshots of Rose Day 2007
Sunday, 16 September : Rose Day was launched at Cinemax Cinemas, Versova with a screening of the movie "Dhamaal" for 250 patients and their family members. This special screening was attended by it's producer-director duo Mr. Ashok Thakeria & Mr. Inder Kumar and the cast comprising of Arshad Warsi, Ashish Choudhary, Ritesh Deshmukh. Vivek Oberoi and Shamita Shetty too joined them in their celebrations. They distributed roses and gifts to the patients.
Tuesday, 18 September : Hobby Ideas, India's first Craft & Hobby store, played hosted to 50 young patients as a part of our Rose Day celebrations. The children participated in craft and clay modeling workshops. Actresses Mallika Sherawat and Tara Sharma joined in the festivities too.
Wednesday, 19 September : Mumbai played host to Ganpati from 15th to 25th September in an annual visit by the god who removes all obstacles. Patients were taken to visit the famous and most visited Ganpati Idol of Mumbai - 'Lal baug- cha Raja' along-with their families and volunteers. It was a unique opportunity for these children, since it typically takes 12-18 hours in queue before the general public can get darshan.
Friday, 21 September : Over 500 patients and their families were treated to a rib-tickling show of the inimitable Johnny Lever Show at St. Andrew's Auditorium - Bandra. Other than stand-up shows by Johnny Lever the show included an orchestra band and dance program.
Saturday, 22 September : CPAA staff and volunteers distributed roses and gifts to patients at 27 cancer hospitals and sanatoriums in Mumbai on Rose Day. The hospitals covered were Bombay Hospital, Tata Hospital, B. J. Wadia Hospital, KEM, Hurkisondas, Masina Hospital, Prince Aly Khan, Breach Candy, Kikabai Premchand Hospital etc. A choir group from St. Paul's cheered the palliative patients at the Shanti Avedna Hospice with their songs. The patients were then entertained by a group of children with their innocent and lively songs and poems. The show stopper of the day was a dance performance by the famous dancer- Sandip Soparkar and his dancers. A special cake with all their names written on it was then cut by all of them, followed by distribution of roses and gifts. The patients were really touched by this gesture. An orchestra program was organised at Mohan Dayal Sanatorium for all the patients and relatives. Former Miss World - Diana Hayden graced the occasion and spent time with the patients. She then launched a booklet - Leukemia par Amit Ki Jeet. The information, in a colouring book format in Hindi, explains cancer treatment in a manner easily understood by children. Copies of these booklets may be obtained by calling 2492 4000/1856 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org