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Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Delhi partners with Leukaemia Crusaders to celebrate cancer survivors

Date: 21 Oct 18

In cognisance of the fact that patients suffering from leukaemia and other blood cancers need tremendous mental, physical and financial support; Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Delhi and Leukaemia Crusaders, an Initiative of The Bansi Vidya Memorial Trust, a trust working towards financially supporting Leukemia or Blood Cancer affected children, organised an event to honour the fighters, the survivors, the doctors and various support groups of blood cancer and leukaemia

The Trust was started in 2013, by Mr. Arvind Vohra, to help people and families affected by the disease. This was a consequence of Vohra's 5-year-old son, Aaryan, being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011 and the difficulties that the family went through fighting the illness. Master Aryan was treated by Dr. Amita Mahajan at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi. Till date, the trust has provided support to more than 715 children in 35 hospitals across 17 States in India.

89 children along with their parents, doctors from various hospitals, social workers and support groups attended the function. The objective of the event was to spread the word that, Leukaemia is curable, and that these children can progress in life like all other children.

The survivors, the doctors and various support groups were felicitated by International cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Mr. Sunil K Munjal of Hero Honda and Special Commissioner of Police, General Administration of Delhi, Mr. Rajesh Malik who were the Chief Guests at the event.

International Cricketer Gautam Gambhir while addressing the audience mentioned that fighting Leukemia was like the game of Cricket. One can only win the match if there is team effort, The Man of the Match is the child who fights and wins the battle against cancer.

Leukaemia or Blood Cancer is the most common of childhood cancers accounting for almost 40 -50% of all cancers. The disease does not allow for much time and treatment needs to be started as soon as possible. If detected on time and treated properly, leukaemia is highly curable. Further, these children who fight Leukemia at an early age will be more resilient, more socially responsible and better citizens of our country. The families that are able to win this battle come out stronger and can be role models for others.

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