To support underprivileged cancer patients in India, Bengaluru based Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, USA hosted its first fundraising banquet last month that helped raise over $200,000.
Attended by over 150 people, The Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Center (SSCHRC), a non-profit hospital and research center was established in 2012 by Dr. B.S. Srinath, who returned to India after earning FRCS (Edinburgh & Glasgow UK) and has surgical oncology experience of over 35 years.
“The proceeds raised would enable free treatment for 60 patients,” Anuradha Jagadeesh, board member of the foundation told indica.
Jagadeesh, who is known for Sevathon, India Community Center signature event, and also supports several non-profits in the Bay Area, said she first came to know about the hospital in 2009 when she visited India.
They were operating in a wing of another hospital called, Rangadore Memorial hospital, in Bengaluru, India, where she met with Dr. Srinath.
“He was very passionate about starting an exclusive cancer treatment center which would provide quality medical treatment for those who could not afford treatment,” Jagadeesh said and added that he was earnestly looking to get support in his effort. “Dr. Srinath is super qualified with multiple FRCS, a very spiritual person and very hands-on. He is himself works in the operating room from 8 am till almost 6:00 pm.”
Motivated by his work and dedication and concerned about the way the number of cancer patients is gowning in India, she said, “My concern is with the growing use of chemicals, pesticides and plastic there is great exposure.”
“A significant percentage of the population of 200 million who are living in poverty in India cannot afford the expensive treatments,” she said, “The foundation offers quality, low-cost affordable care which is accessible to one and all.”