Survival lessons, a helping hand to cancer patients

Nearly 150 people, including cancer survivors, participated in the awareness walk. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan   | Photo Credit: S_R_Raghunathan

When his mother Thenmozhi died of pancreatic cancer in November 2013, M. Arun Kumar wondered what fighting the disease without resources and financial support would be like for the poor. This thought prompted him to start the Thenmozhi Memorial Trust to help those battling cancer.

As part of this, iwalk, a 3-km walkathon was organised on Sunday morning at Elliots Beach, in which 147 people, including 12 cancer survivors, walked to spread awareness about cancer.

“Enduring cancer treatment is torture enough; in addition, if you are struggling to mobilise money, just imagine the struggle. We don’t donate money to cancer patients; instead, we buy them things they need and also spend time with them,” he said.

Madhan Mohan, a 48-year-old cancer survivor, who was part of iwalk, recalled his road to recovery.

“If you have willpower and determination, overcoming cancer is not impossible,” he said. In 2009, he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that had spread to his throat, lungs and stomach. “What gave me inspiration was the battle of other patients in the ward. I saw some of them had holes in their cheeks and throat; they could only have water through it. I thought that if they can fight, I can too,” he added.

He went through several sessions of chemotherapy and despite that rigourous schedule, kept going to work. Mr. Mohan said he would strictly follow the doctor’s advice, including the diet chart. “After that protracted struggle, I am proud to say I have recovered completely. I consider this my second life,” he added.

The trust conducted a cultural event to raise funds for helping patients sometime back. They soon plan to conduct it sometime this year too to mobilise money for providing assistance to those fighting cancer.

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Printable version | Apr 22, 2021 6:59:05 PM |

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