Assam Cancer Care Foundation observes World Rose Day 2019: Brings happiness into the lives of cancer patients
Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) observed the World Rose Day at the State Cancer Institute (SCI) in memory of 12-year-old Melinda Rose of Canada, who was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer (Askin tumor). Her doctors did not give her more than a few weeks to live, but she lived for six months and made her life meaningful by touching other patients, their families and care givers through her letters, poems and emails. This day marks the sharing of her heartwarming endeavour across the world, for bringing unquenchable spirit into the lives of the people who are fighting with cancer. It's also a day to spread awareness about the disease.
ACCF, in collaboration with SCI, Guwahati, celebrated the day by sharing the message of courage and spirit of little Melinda by distinguished speakers like Medical Advisor of ACCF, Nirmal Kumar Hazarika; Superintendent of SCI, K Bhuyan; Dr Dipankar Dauka; patient advisory group member; Kunjalata Medhi, a cancer survivor, and others. They also spoke about various aspects of cancer that includes prevention, early detection and palliative care that includes the physical, emotional and social burdens faced by cancer patients and survivors.
Special events were organised to give strength to those suffering from cancer. Rose, a symbol of love, tenderness and concern, were offered to the cancer patients to give them strength to fight against cancer.
The following events were organised to raise their spirit to fight against cancer with day-long celebrations:
- Talks by doctors, survivors and patients
- Distribution of roses and juice
- Artscape programme (meditation / healing touch / some other activities with props and ribbons)
It was amazing to observe all the patients participate in all the activities with their unquenchable spirit, which made the event a success.