Mr.G.K. Ramamurthy from Mumbai is a bigwig from the pharmaceutical industry who sold of his ventures and invested the profits to form a Charity, GKR Foundation and supported education, health & restoration of temples. In 2001 we got introduced to him at the 1st Heart for Cancer Carnatic Nite held at Mumbai in January 2001. At a meeting a day before with us he said that he was mighty impressed with our activities and was keen to support us and would do it in a big way. ‘Big “ , the enormity that this word conveys was understood by us on the concert evening when he announced a grant of Rs. 15 lakhs towards patient care and added that this was just the beginning.
In the last 15 years the assistance from this foundation has crossed 1.25 crore rupees supporting not only patient care but a myriad of activities undertaken by us. 185 patients have sponsored through this fund and many of them stand cured. He donated a Toyota Qualis for us to enable us to travel to villages for awareness programs. When our cancer centres came into being he donated towards their acquisition. He underwrote the cost of Cancer Carnatic nites ,a couple of music albums and also a 100 mammograms. The cancer victors’ days have become grand celebrations thanks to his support from the year 2006.
The best part of his support is his physical presence at our events. This encouragement, whose magnitude cannot be gauged, is immensely huge. He is a more than a donor for us, a patriarchal figure whose guidance & advice we constantly seek. After making such a big difference to us, he says that all he has done was that he wrote a cheque and that was the easiest thing to do!
CVV Iyengar Memorial Charitable Trust
This Trust from Coimbatore which was founded in the late 1920s and presently managed by its managing trustee, Mr. C. B. Suresh associates itself with several social causes. Mr. Suresh approached us after learning about us from a mutual friend and expressed his desire to aid us. This assistance began in 2010 with support to patient’s treatment went to sponsor mammograms & lab equipment. Over the years the quantum of donation from this trust has crossed 35 lakh rupees.
In early 2012, we impressed upon Mr. Suresh that we wanted good quality paramedics for our hospital in Chennai and it only comes with a price. We had approached a number of donors but none would come forward to support this aspect. Mr. Suresh understood our need and from July 2012, he consented to take care of the salaries of staff at Vasantha Memorial cancer centre. This was big relief for us, a very big requirement for the provision of quality care of patients was taken care of.
Association For India’s Development ( AID)
This United States of America based welfare organization founded by Dr. Ravi Kuchimacnhi & Aravinda in 1991 has several chapters all over USA. It is run by volunteers and they aid numerous projects in India. We received their support for the 1st time in 1999 when they gave a grant to us to conduct camps in 3 villages around Coimbatore. Our relief work for Kutchu quake victims & Orissa flood affected was also aided. Subsequently they supported the Pap Smear Project in Mumbai in 2015 in a big way. From 2016, two chapters of theirs, Chicago & Boston , are going take care of Pudhuvasantham project for the next year. We have received nearly 20 lakh rupees as assistance from this organization
Saradambal Auto & its Managing director, Mr. Ashokan Muthuswamy , have been a pillar of strength to us since the year 2001. In the last 15 years their support has increased in quantity and frequency. Notable amongst their regular donations is the assistance towards the conduct of cancer victors’ day. The aid from them has crossed 15 lakh rupees !
Continuing assistance beyond life.
Mr. N. Jayaraman, one of Founder trustees, left a lakh rupees for us causing the formation Jayaraman Leukemia fund , which went to sponsor children who were affected by leukemia. Subsequently a few others ,known and unknown, have willed handsome sums for us in their wills. . These include Mrs. P.V.Parvathy,Coimbatore – Rs.8 lakhs, Ms Komala Srinvasan ,Chennai – Rs.4.6 lakh , Dr.Kamala, Trichy – Rs.3 lakhs, & Mrs. Prema Ranganathan Chennai, – Rs.7 .25 lakhs. The last lady was totally unknown to us. Merely from what she learnt through sources known to her willed such a large amount for us. We were floored !
In addition a number of people have donated in memory of their loved ones. Mr. Jayarajan & his wife Sandhya have a fund under us , named Asihwarya Memorial fund in memory of their daughter. Mr.V.R.R.Ramalingam from Madurai has an endowment with uscalled in memory of his wife , Madurai Revathy devi and this fund supports patient with Chronic myeloid leukemia. M. B .Mehta trust from Coonoor makes an annual donation every year. Many more persons have also made a onetime contribution in memory of their loved ones. To honour the lakh & above donors, commemorative plaques have been put up at our Cancer centres.