A special evening for the cause of paediatric cancer

To observe International Childhood Cancer Day (15 February), the Life Beyond Cancer (LBC) initiative will be organisinga special concert at Rabindra Sadan on Friday, 23 February 2024, 6PM onwards.

The event shall have two special performances by two icons of Kolkata. The opening act shall be a high voltage musical show by pop queen Padma Bhushan Usha Uthup and her band. Following it shall be a very special dance recital by LBC’s cause ambassador, national award-winning actor Rituparna Senguptaalong with children who have survived cancer.

As the program aims to raise serious awareness on childhood cancer, it shall have a special address by our Chief Guest Ramon Magsaysay Awardee surgical oncologist Padma Shri Dr. Ravi Kannan R,Director of Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (CCHRC), Silchar – who is credited to have revolutionized cancer treatment in Assam through people-centered and pro-poor programs.

About Life Beyond Cancer
Life Beyond Cancer (LBC) is a non-profit initiative dedicated to the survival and well-being ofpaediatric cancer patients with the motto: “No child should die of cancer.” LBC is fueled by the tireless efforts of volunteers from diverse backgrounds and professions, and supported actively by the local Rotary Clubs. Till now we have supported 300 needy kids with cancer.

What we do?
Raising Awareness: LBC spreads awareness about pediatric cancer through various means, including blood donation camps, impactful messages from celebrities, and educational initiatives in rural schools.
Financial Support for Treatment: We understand that many underprivileged families hesitate to initiate treatment due to the perceived high cost. To bridge this gap, we provide financial assistance for the initial treatment phase through a crowdfunding corpus fund. This support ensures that no child is denied treatment. We also guide families in accessing government support through initiatives like the Chief Minister’s and Prime Minister’s funds. Our dedicated team maintains continuous communication with the families to keep them engaged with the treatment process.
Post-Discharge Support: We recognize that a lack of awareness and social stigma often lead to the abandonment of treatment after hospital discharge. This tragic situation results in fatal outcomes, despite the high rate of successful recovery with timely treatment. LBC takes a proactive approach by monitoring and assisting patients post-discharge, aiming to prevent relapse, which can be as high as 38% in our region.

Where we do?
SSKM Hospital, Nil Ratan Sarkar Hospital, Kolkata Police Hospital, Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute, Tata Medical Center, Institute of Child Health, Netaji Subhas Chandra Research Institute, Cachar Cancer Care and Research Centre, Silchar.

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