CanKids hosted 10th National Childhood Cancer Excellence Awards: Nothing is impossible
CanKids hosted 10th National Childhood Cancer Excellence Awards. The event started with the performances of Cancer survivor children, patients, teachers, and partnering schools. After the lightening of the lamp by the honorable chief guest, Mr. Vinod Paul, member of NITI Aayog and the chairman of the organization Mrs. Poonam Bagai, the event progressed with the dance and a Saraswati Vandana. The event was organized to give away awards to cancer survivor children.
“Until and unless we would not be united towards the goal, we won’t be able to achieve it. Success is possible only when we all unite. You all are precious and priceless. You all are warriors. Remember, Gold is our color”, said Poonam Bagai, the chairman, CankidsIndia. She herself is a colon cancer survivor, graduated in BA (Hons.) economics from St. Stephens College and also an alumna of American Cancer Society University.
About the organization
CankidsIndia is a registered charitable national society, dedicated for change for childhood cancer in India. It is the only non-profitable organization that works on all aspects to enable the best standard of treatment to the children between the age group of 0-21, suffering from cancer. The medicine worth Rs. 2k, which a patient needs at least 3 times in a week is all provided by the organization alone. Thus, giving a ray of hope for the family as well as the child.
“The doctors who treat cancer patients are tied with these NGOs usually and help their patients who are financially weak to reach out to these organizations for support”, said Ravi, an 18-year-old, blood cancer survivor.
When he was 13, he was diagnosed with blood cancer. The treatment took 1 year and he had to stop his study for 2 years in between. “Doctor told me that this is my last stage so they can just try to save my life. My sir told me that the recovery would be sooner if I would be happy, so, I didn’t lose my hope and always tried to be happy regardless of the situation. So, I recovered quickly.”
The organization has a survivor group KCK (KidsCanKonnect), in which they make the survivors aware of their rights and how these survivors can bring a change in the country. They encourage the kids to spread a message that cancer isn’t equal to death but it is equal to a warrior. They tell their children to show the world that cancer can be treated and others can also survive just like them. Also, the group spread awareness through street plays and advocacies outside as well. Currently, the organization is running a campaign called “Go Gold” which aims at providing their rights to the cancer survivors.
The event concluded with a ‘Nukkad Natak’ on Cancer by the survivors, and the Excellence and Achievement Awards to the survivors for their respective talents. The players make the audience aware of the stigmas related to cancer and ended beautifully with a message to break the myths here and now. The event was all about pride. The pride of the warriors who live in inferiority complex throughout their life in order to obey the myths of the society. They are the real heroes, the warriors on which everybody should feel proud of. They set a perfect example of strength, willpower, and bravery.
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