New Delhi, March 09, 2020-: Cancer is hitting Indian children quite hard with almost 3-5 percent of childhood cancer cases of the total reported in a year. Successful treatment of childhood cancer is one of the most inspiring stories of modern medicine. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals observed their Annual Brave Hearts Day. It was all about celebrating the courage and strong determination to fight against the evil of this fatal disease called cancer.
The ceremony was attended by children who have been successfully treated or are undergoing cancer treatment in Apollo hospitals, along with their patients. The occasion brought together patients, survivors, parents, doctors, nurses, and support groups working with childhood cancer. The event was graced by senior management officials of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. Everyone came together to celebrate spirit and positivity of these young fighters.
Delhi, being the national capital hosts tons of new cancer cases every month from every part of our country. There were many cancer survivors present at the event who have defied cancer from their lives only to never come back. They were all beaming with joy, smiles, and happiness.
To see survivors overcome this disease successfully was inspiring for families that are currently fighting the biggest battle of their lives. There were families that had more than one child successfully defeating cancer. The event saw heartwarming performances by children, nurses, and parents. Children who have gone on to achieve outstanding access in sports, athletics, or other arenas were felicitated. The hospital management especially thanked and honored support groups working for childhood cancer like Cankids, BVMT, HCRA, Pulkit Trust, Make a Wish and Milaap. Their support is invaluable.
One of the 11-year-old cancer survivors got emotional saying a year back days were not the usual ones with the pain I was going through. My friends were not happy to play with me. My mother was always teary-eyed and papa looked tensed. But now, I can go to school and play in Society Park just like before. Another cancer survivor, who is a class VIII student, took the mike to draw all possible attention and send out a lot of positivity and enthusiasm with his current status of a National level 10 meter Rifle Shooter. Needless to say, even after encountering cancer, making something big of their lives is still possible
According to the Dr. Amita Mahajan (Senior Consultant Paediatrics Oncology and Hematology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital), “it is possible to achieve very high success rates in India if all stakeholders come together. Every child has the right to receive treatment that gives him the best chance of cure. Today, this is feasible because of the tremendous support from governmental and non-governmental sources. Above all, the positivity, courage and resilience that these young fighters and their families show against all odds inspire us to make it possible for them to receive the best possible treatment despite all constraints.”