Dr Praveen Ravishankaran, a cancer surgeon at Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Silchar, Assam, India is running to raise ‘HOPE’ for under-served Cancer Patients in CACHAR at the upcoming Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018. He, along with Dr. Rajpal Singh (Plastic Surgeon, Choithram Hospital, Indore), Dr. Arunandhichelvan (Surgical Oncologist, Erode Cancer Centre) and Dr. Abhinav (Dental Surgeon) is representing the ‘Indigent Cancer Patients of North East India’ at this event to raise resources for the treatment of poor cancer patients in a region with the highest incidence of cancers in the country. Through this run and with all of your support, Dr Praveen is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of many cancer patients and their families.
Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, where Dr Praveen works is a not for profit 100 bed, 80G tax exempted with FCRA (permission to receive overseas donation) institution that has been providing accessible and affordable standard comprehensive cancer care to the people, especially the under-served through prevention, treatment, palliation, education and research since 1996.
Currently, the hospital has an annual inflow of 3,000 new and 15,000 follow-up patients visit. Nearly 80% of them are daily wage earners, labourers, tea estate or agricultural workers. Most of them are also the sole breadwinners of their family. Over 60% of the patients have an income of Rs. 5,000 or less per month. The hospital, with its strength in its philosophy of supporting such patients, provided free treatment or treatment at subsidized rates amounting to Rs. 1,03,44,643 in 2016.
Despite its severe resource crunch, the hospital, with no regular or substantial Government/corporate support, has managed to serve it’s patients through a combination of it’s highly motivated and idealistic team of doctors, paramedics, technicians, scientists and staff who are serving with the Hospital, working in an environment severely devoid of all frills and focused exclusively on quality patient care.
Currently, we need about 2 crores to treat and provide comprehensive cancer care to economically deprived cancer patients in a year. Every rupee that we earn is spent wisely and transparently. The only interest that is considered when spending the money donated is the interest of the patient.
We seek your support for our mission. This run is aimed at gathering adequate focus on the need of poor cancer patients being treated at the Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and to provide a portal for kind-hearted people to donate liberally to the cause.