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18 years running… bringing smiles to Cancer Patients.
ROSE Day, CPAA's project dedicated to bringing smiles to cancer patients, has grown from strength to strength over the past 18 years. Rose Day is a human expression that says, 'I Care'. Looking deeper however, it’s what gives CPAA the dynamism and scope to engage itself in the very real issues of cancer - treatment, the prohibitive costs of cancer drugs, the lack of awareness, the endemic proportions of head and neck cancers thanks to our tobacco chewing habits. We at CPAA own our TOTAL Management promise with a seriousness and passion that has kept this organization alive over the past 43 years.
The various events organised to mark this day were:
Mumbai: Entertainment programs were organised at various hospitals and cancer care centers such as TataMemorial Hospital, Shanti Avedana, St. Jude's, India Childcare Centre, ACTREC Hospital, B J Wadia, Cama & Albless, BYL Nair, Asha Cancer Hospital, Bharat Seva Sangh, Prince Ali Khan Hospital, B.D. Petit Parsee General, KEM Hospital , Holy Spirit Hospital, Bombay Hospital and many other with the support of Artist Aloud. Over 3000 patients were reached and gifted utility bags distributed at these centers. CPAA’s Rose Warrior campaign enlisted young, enthusiastic school children to partner with us in our battle against cancer, where the children showed their concern by stepping out of their comfort-zone to collect funds and entertained patients in hospitals. This year the highest collection of Rs. 3 lakhs was made by The Dadar Parsee Youth Assembly High School.
The ‘Winners in Life’ Awards instituted in 2010 celebrates and awards cancer patients who have fought the brave fight and managed a positive outlook in life, against all odds. The 'Nightingale Awards', given in memory of Late Lt. Mrs. M R Crasto focus on nursing care with a difference –recognizing healthcare workers who walk the extra mile for the patient. This year the award was given to nurses from ACTREC Hospital, Hinduja Hospital and BYL Nair Hospital. Nominations for these awards were drawn from leading oncologists across hospitals in Mumbai and the ceremony was held at the Trident Hotel, Bandra on 2 October. 8 patients were felicitated for the unique handling of their ailment and their outstanding achievements in life thereafter. Actors Vivek Oberoi, Tanushree Dutta, Neetu Chandra and Shri Sanjay Dina Patil graced the occasion to encourage the cancer patients and their family members present. Performers Chaitanya Bhosale, Shakti Mohan, Deepak Singh, Marischa, Nicole, Neeti Mohan, Meiyang Chang and Sunita Bhuyan regaled the audience. Photos >>
Delhi: Kiran Hukku, Executive Director of New Delhi branch distributed roses and goody bags to patients at a program organised at the AIIMS on 21st September. On 22nd September fifty childhood cancer patients and their care givers were treated to a fun filled day of magic show, games, dancing cartoons characters, cartoon films and goodies at the Hotel Radisson, Paschim Vihar. The hotel staff took special care of their little guests and personally served them lunch and participated in all the activities befitting the purpose of Rose Day - bringing smiles on their faces.
Pune: Staff and volunteers of the Pune branch visited 8 key cancer hospitals of the city to greet patients with gift packets and roses. They carried forward the 'Winners in life' awards and felicitated six patients with a trophy and a cash prize, to applaud their spirit and encourage their recovery. Students of the Erin Nagarwalla and Crescent School raised the highest funds under the Rose Warrior campaign. The winners were awarded at a gala event held on 26th September at Hotel Ista. It was well-attended by patients, their relatives, donors and well-wishers. A magic show and a dance by Hotel’s staff were the highlight of the day.
NIGHTINGALE Awards: 2012 (in memory of late Lt. Mrs. M. R. Crasto (MNS)