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If there is a person guiding a patient at Tata Memorial Hospital, another voice there itself counsels on personal hygiene to patients undergoing chemotherapy and a hand is handing out cheques towards chemotherapy drugs at Tata. Somebody is giving out the weekly ration of food grains at KEM Hospital, Parel. A person is teaching the basics of breast cancer to a group of women and another is motivating children to long for a cancer free tomorrow. While this is on a camp screening is on at the centre at Mumbai and volunteers are sitting and planning out activities for the future and somebody in the field is scouting for sponsorships.

2016

8th March 16
Mr.Jayalakshmi Krishnan was recognized on 8th March 16 , the International day for Women .
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Report on Sangameshwar trip

Mr.Rajaram Jadhav, more popularly & with respect called Sir is an octogenarian and a retired school teacher from Mumbai.  He used to visit his village and would spend about 3-4 months and then return to his flat at Mumbai. Here in Mumbai too he with his friends and residents had managed to create a small Nana Nani park. So whenever he used to go to his village, he felt the need to do some good work there too. He approached us at our centre and wanted us to do cancer awareness and if possible detection camp too. His village Sadavali is in Dehrukh a small town which is in Sangameshwar near Ratnagiri about 340 kms from Mumbai.

On seeing his enthusiasm at this age and love for his villagers, we too wanted to do our bit. So a small team of 4 of us Kamla, Shanta Vanita & I got ready with all the posters, camp items for detection and our Projector & laptop & rehearsals too were on to give talks in Marathi. We too were excited for this trip. On 12th of March, 2016, we took a sleeper overnight bus from Mumbai to Sangameshwar.  We reached around 5.30 a.m. and were met on arrival by Mr. Gurav with his Tata sumo to take us to Sadavali which was about 12 kms.  There Mr. Jadhav had made arrangements for our stay in Mr. Bane’s house. It was a nice house overlooking the farms and so quiet and serene unlike the buzz of Mumbai. Bane’s were very simple and they welcomed us with hot cuppa of tea. A simple breakfast followed and then we went to the School where the camp was arranged not before picking up Mr. Jadhav from his residence who was busy making tea for us and filling it in a big thermos. So sweet of him!

 
The School at Patherewadi was readied for the camp with the tables converted into examination couches & children were busy arranging the chairs outside for the women who had started coming in for the detection camp. Dr. Deepa Pawaskar, MD (Gynaec& Obs) was from Ratnagiri. It was just one phone call we made from Mumbai asking if she could help us with the detection camp and she readily agreed. When we all met her she was really a wonderful human being, so humble & simple, she helped us in putting up the posters and kept telling us even if 10 women will come for the camp do not be disappointed and i too will not be since in such villages to get women out for checkups  2
 
is an herculean task and you never get good responseBut when 15 women were already seated outside and Vanita was giving a talk on Breast cancer, Doctor and I were elated. Shanta then got busy registering the women. After a small formal function where the Sarpanch of the area was also there, the camp started off and 48 women turned up. We gave two three talks for small groups when they were seated for their turn to come for check up. Kamla assisted the Doctor & the Aanganwadi teachers also helped us in the smooth functioning of the camp. They were instrumental in the large turnout of the women. After a nice lunch at Mr. Bane’s we all joined the Doctor to Ratnagiri to see her hospital. After seeing the nice hospital and her beautiful house where we were served hot chaai with ladoos and chakli we had some time in hand and Doctor suggested us to make a quick visit to Ganpatiphule, having come so near. Yes the ride to Ganpatiphule which was about 45 minutes drive was so beautiful with greenery on both sides and the beach was so so tempting white sand with blue water an awesome sight. We had darshan and started off immediately vowing to come again to spend time on the beaches for vacation.
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.Mr. Jadhav was already waiting for us at Bane’s and in sometime we left for the small wadas (small villages) nearby where we were to give talks to the villagers. One team went to Kamble wadi where 30 women and 12 men listened to the cancer awareness talk. After this the women were given a separate talk of about 15 minutes on Cancers in women Breast self exam was also shown on the breast model. The women were very attentive. They were not aware of the detection camp in the morning and wanted us to do one at their place, which we assured we would come again soon.  3-1
 
The other team had gone to Kasarwadi and the talk was held at a Jain Mandir. Here they thought since it was already nearing 9pm women may not want to come to hear them but  were pleasantly surprised  as about 20 women waited at the Mandir. The women showed lot of interest and many questions were asked which was ably answered by the speaker. They also wanted to know about Passive smoking and were very happy to learn the Breast self exam.
 
The last talk was held at the same school where we had the detection camp in the morning.  It was about 9.30 when we started the talk for more than 20 women and 10 men who again showed interest and listened to the talk. Since chewing tobacco was a common factor in both men and women we reiterated the tobacco aspect and oral cancers. Mr. Jadhav was with us till all the talks got over and this inspired us all the more as we retired to bed by about 11.00 p.m. We all had to be ready by 7.00 am to go to the schools for the cancer free tomorrow talk. 4-1 
 
The first talk was at Shri Shivaji Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Kosumb. Students from Std.7th to 9th were given the talk at the School hall. 195 students giggled and laughed when pictures of obese children were shown. But they were so happy when the speaker told them they were all fit and fine and not obese like the children in most cities. She also emphasised about the big grounds where they could play and keep themselves fit. Tobacco chewing was the main concern in these villages and to our dismay after the talk, the teachers told us about two students a girl & a boy who were consuming tobacco & were barely 10 years old. There were 6 lady teachers who were given a talk on Breast & Cervical cancers by Kamla & Vanita. 5-1 
 
The second school Madhyamik Vidyamandir was at Tamhane. 250 students gathered at the hall and were given the talk by Shanta in fluent Marathi. Not one child asked any question, so when we asked some questions from the slide show, so many hands rose up to answer and that too correctly, we were satisfied. Maybe they are very good listeners! Simultaneously the lady teachers were given the talk on cancers in women by Kamla & Vanita.

Meenatai Thakre Madhyamik Vidyalaya is the school where Mr. Jadhav barged in to the Principal’s office since only 30 minutes were left for the school to close. Within no time the children gathered at the classroom and Shanta spoke to them showing the slides. What really amazed us is the discipline in all the three schools, which is less seen in schools at other places where we have conducted such talks. 125 students attended and there was no time for question answer session.

Since it was second Monday the colleges were closed since there is power cut in the area on these days. So with no more talks Mr. Jadhav suggested we go out to Marleshwar temple which was about an hour’s drive from here. Climbing 530 steps we reached the abode of Lord Siva. Had it been monsoon there would have been waterfalls all over the four sides, but still it was a beautiful place surrounded by hills. We came back and Mr. Jadhav joined us for dinner and wanted us to come again probably for more awareness talks & he would also connect with more schools as he was very very impressed with the cancer free talk given to children.

Our thanks to Jadhav Sir, his team of volunteers & Mr. Bane’s for the wonderful hospitality. Our thanks to all the village heads & the Principals & staff in schools for their cooperation. As we boarded the train at Sangameshwar, we were satisfied for having made a little difference to these villagers.

Jayalakshmi Krishnan

8th Apr 16, Remembrance Day of Mrs. Vasantha
to mark the 26th Remembrance Day Program an abhang program by Vaidyanathan (Harish) Sriram at the Ahobila Mutt hall, Chembur was organized . Some of the notable Marathi abhangs sung by him were Deva Pooja Mahi, Dhana Chara Lochane, Nama deva kirtana on Panduranga, Vithal nada Rangama Mahi Rangamma, Sukath rupa Chandrabhaga etc.Before th econcert Mrs. Jayalakshmi krishnan detailed about the trust activiities and thanked the Temple authorities for all their support.
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Oral Check up Camp for Marathon Realty, Dombivli
On Sunday, the 10th April, an oral cancer screening camp was held at Dombivili by Marathon Realty at one of their construction sites. Jayalakshmi Krishnan , Vishwanathan and Deepak  from the trust & a panel of dentists –  Dr. Monil, a practicing dentist and Dr. Ashwini, Dr. Prajyot and Dr. Anoushka all of them from the Govt Dental College attached to St. George Hospital participated in the camp . 160 workers were examined of which 54 of them, which is one in three, had symptoms of sub mucous fibrosis. This is really huge!! An onco dental surgeon would soon confirm with the diagnosis with biopsies.
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All the assembled workers were given a talk on the ill effects of tobacco and 4 finger mouth opening test also was shown.  A sizeable of them could barely insert 3 fingers and corroborated with dental examination finding of sub mucous fibrosis, a premalignant condition.
 
Summer Camp for Children conducted at the Centre on 16th & 17th Apr’16

Like in the previous year’s, this year too the trust conducted a summer camp for the children at the centre. Mainly a drive to spread the message about ill effects of tobacco & Diet and also involve them in some craft & art activity for tapping the creative skills of the children. 20 children participated in this camp. The trust would like to sincerely thank Ms. Sangeeta & her daughter Sai for having given their time to the children. The trust thanks our volunteers – Kamla, Shanta, Meera, Latha, Vanita, Shravani & Mr. Desai for their enthusiastic participation.

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Pune on 1st & 2nd May
We left for Pune with just one confirmed program but many more came in once we landed there. The first session was at Dehu Road where we addressed Brick kiln workers. Dr.Shilpa Narayan who visits this place once in a fortnight &  Mr. Ashish Chunni from the Sathya Sai organization had arranged this program. While Jayalakshmi Spoke on Ill effects of Tobacco, I talked on Breast cancer.
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The second , the only confirmed one when left Mumbai , session was at Mrs.Latha Ramachandran’s house. About 19 women assembled by 5.30 pm in the evening and listened patiently to the talk on cancers in women. They also bought a few bags made by cancer victors.

Early morning next day at around 6.45 am 23 people belonging to a yoga group were addressed. There was a good interaction. The women gathered here were unaware of mammogram or Pap Smear. Dr.Shilpa Narayan promised to get Pap Smear camp organized for these women.

That afternoon Mr. Vishwanthan , our volunteer from Mumbai joined us. His nephew, Mr. Ramesh & his associate Mr. Suryavanshi  had organized a talk in a commercial complex in Pune City. By 4.30 pm 54 ladies from various offices in the complex assembled in a tightly packed hall. There was huge interaction after the talk and the women had queries from diagnosis to treatment of breast cancer. The youngsters in the gathering wanted such talks in their hostels at a future date, which we readily agreed.

We returned to Mumbai satisfied one had become four ! We thank all the concerned –     Kamla Srinivas, Volunteer

 

.31st May 2016
On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day the trust was invited to conduct an oral screening and awareness camp for the employees of one of the most popular tobacco corporate Godfrey & Philip. 134 employees were screened by our panel of doctors which included Physician, ENT surgeon and Dental Surgeons.

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5 batches ,f about 25 people each ,were shown the ppt on I’ll effects of tobacco. We thank Drs. Kenia, Archana,Shruti,Komal. Trupti &Ayush for their assistance. We also thank our volunteers Kamlà & Latha for the smooth coordination of the camp.

We are happy to have done an awareness program in the very company which makes cigarettes.  – Jayalakshmi Krishnan

Cancer Free Tomorrow campaign in schools

Date School   No.s 
2-Jul Vidyamandir High school 230
2-Jul Vidyamandir High school Marathi 151
5-Jul KVK High School 600
8-Jul North Bombay High school 700
9-Jul Michaels High School Girls 160
11-Jul BMC High School 50
11-Jul Uthkarsha Vidyalaya 225
12-Jul MK Trust Madhyamik School 450
12-Jul MK Trust Madhyamik School Marathi 60
13-Jul New English School  300
13-Jul Chembur Karnataka High School 1600
14-Jul Ahilya Vidyalaya 170
14-Jul Ahilya Vidyalaya English 190
15-Jul BMC High School Marathi 65
16-Jul Shivram Singh Sanman Eng HS  465
18-Jul New English School  400
19-Jul Guru Gobind High School 250
19-Jul Janta Vidyalaya 100
20-Jul Mulund High School 300
20-Jul Amarkor High School 400
23-Jul Michaels High School Boys 180
27-Jul National School 100
29-Jul Saraswati Vidyalaya 380
29-Jul Amchi Shaala 250
30-Jul Shivaji Technical School  180
     
  Total  7956
 

Breast cancer awareness programs in schools for teachers

126 teachers were given talk at different schools on Breast cancer awareness and Breast self exam. When the school was approached for cancer free tomorrow talk for students, we also spoke to the Principal if we could be given about 15 minutes to talk to teachers. Some schools readily agreed on the same day when we spoke to the students.  Some schools gave us dates and the talks were conducted on the scheduled dates. What was satisfying was many teachers have agreed to come to our centre for pap smear test also.Shivram Singh School, Bhandup                 :               9 teachers
Amarkor School, Bhandup                           :               18 teachers
Shivaji Shikshan, Marathi,Ghatkopar       :               7 teachers
Guru Gobind School,  Vikhroli                     :               18 teachers
Karnataka School, Chembur                        :               24 teachers
Shivaji Shikshan, English, Ghatkopar        :               7   teachers
Vikas School, Vikhroli                                     :               15 teachers
Uthkarsh School, Vikhroli                             :               12 teachers
Vikas English School                                        :               10 teachers

National School                                                 :               6 teachers

Total 126 teachers educated

20.9.16                 

Cancer free tomorrow talk at Powai English School for Class 6th.  150 students were given the talk.
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Oral screening camp for the construction workers at Kalyan. 120 men were given the talk on ill effects of tobacco and general signs & symptoms of cancer. Later they were checked by Dental Sugeons. 10 women were also given a talk on Breast & women specific cancers.
23.9.16                

  Cancer awareness talk was given to the construction workers at Mulund. 60 men were made aware of the hazards of smoking & chewing tobacco. What was really sad was many of them were young and were into chewing tobacco for the past so many years. They all wanted a cancer detection camp too.
24.9.16                 

Our staff Prabhavathi was the past Principal in Janta Vidyalaya school, Worli and she organized for a cancer awareness program. The Management had taken lot of efforts and had printed pamphlets and had given to each student to take it home so that all the parents could attend this program. 250 children were shown the cancer free tomorrow talk and then general cancer awareness talk for the Parents and Teachers were given. There were about 150 men and women who listened attentively. After that the women were given a detailed talk on Breast cancer and Breast self exam.
27.9.16                 

Breast cancer awareness talk and Breast self exam were taught at the slums for 20 women at Shivaji Nagar. The next day itself 4 women came to the centre for the pap smear test.

20.9.16
Cancer free tomorrow talk at Powai English School for Class 6th.  150 students were given the talk.

20.9.16
Oral screening camp for the construction workers at Kalyan. 120 men were given the talk on ill effects of tobacco and general signs & symptoms of cancer. Later they were checked by Dental Sugeons. 10 women were also given a talk on Breast & women specific cancers.

23.9.16
Cancer awareness talk was given to the construction workers at Mulund. 60 men were made aware of the hazards of smoking & chewing Tobacco. What was really  sad was many of them young and were into chewing tobacco for the past so many years . All of them wanted a detection too.

24.9.16
Our staff Prabhavathi was the past Principal in Janta Vidyalaya school, Worli and she organized for a cancer awareness program. The Management had taken lot of efforts and had printed pamphlets and had given to each student to take it home so that all the parents could attend this program. 250 children were shown the cancer free tomorrow talk and then general cancer awareness talk for the Parents and Teachers were given. There were about 150 men and women who listened attentively. After that the women were given a detailed talk on Breast cancer and Breast self exam.

27.9.16                 
Breast cancer awareness talk and Breast self exam were taught at the slums for 20 women at Shivaji Nagar. The next day itself 4 women came to the centre for the pap smear test.