Cancer Sahyog, the Emotional support group of the Indian Cancer Society, celebrated the Cancer Survivors Day with great pomp and show at Delhi Haat, INA. Cancer Sahyog is a unique group that comprises of cancer survivors and care givers. It was a celebration of life after cancer. The composition of Cancer Sahyog is a proof that there is life after cancer and there is treatment for cancer.
The second Saturday of February is celebrated as cancer survivors’ day all over the world. This itself explains that cancer can be cured and there is life after cancer. Cancer Sahyog volunteers go to various hospitals to give emotional as well as financial support to the cancer patients.
On this occasion more than 100 survivors along with others attended the cultural programme and around 30 survivors along with their well wishers presented a beautiful event of dances and songs. Ms. Alka Sheel, a trained classical dancer who herself is a cancer survivor performed on light filmi songs, her performance was followed by a colourful performance by Cancer Sahyog volunteers and CanKids survivors. The entertainment cum awareness programme concluded with the song ’Hum Honge Kamyab’.
It was an emotional moment to see children with cancer perform on the stage. Two cancer survivors shared their experiences. There were survivors who were supported by the Cancer Sahyog, emotionally and financially . The message of the Cancer Sahyog, that if detected early cancer can be cured if not prevented, was loud and clear. It was also told that awareness about cancer and precaution can prevent about 65% of cancers.
Cancer Sahyog beautifully and aesthetically spread the message to one and all that cancer patients can survive if their cancer is detected early and treated without wasting any time by some cancer specialist.
Chandra Rekha Gulabani, Co-ordinator, resources of the Cancer Sahyog, told the audience that if we have a healthy life style, do regular exercise, keep our weight under control, remain positive, go for annual cancer checkup, get right treatment, it is not difficult to survive cancer.