World Rose Day: A Day of Hope for Cancer Conquerors
By: Visakha, Diamond
Published On: September 22, 2021
It all started when a 12-year-old decided to fight cancer with love. At the time of her diagnosis of rare blood cancer, Canada’s Melinda Rose was told that she had a few weeks left to live. Not only did she take this ultimatum in stride, but she also encouraged and empowered other cancer patients to keep fighting. She penned notes, poems, and spread warmth and positivity around the hospital. A 12-year-old child, a beacon of hope and unwavering courage, and a “never give up” attitude, is what makes World Rose Day a memorable occasion for all those who have survived or are fighting cancer.
On World Rose Day, ImpactGuru hopes to celebrate cancer fighters and survivors. Cancer is an illness that has terrorised the world for years. Apart from the inconceivable physical distress and damage, there is a paramount psychological trauma that follows the disease. An individual suffering from cancer undergoes several extensive treatments that leave them in a constant battle with their body to adjust, adapt, and heal from cancerous cells, and with their mind to accommodate all the changes in their body. This is where hope can provide a much-needed sense of solace. Case in point, Melinda Rose’s strength and optimism worked wonders for her when she surpassed the time span predicted for her by the doctors and lived for an additional six months. She stands as a symbol of the power of hope even today.
World Rose Day not only memorialises the braveheart’s resilience, but the rose as a flower also stands as a symbol of love, and love, as we might all relate, is the antidote to suffering. World Rose Day encourages everyone to show support and love to people suffering from cancer; to instil hope in their lives. The day stands as a reflection of Christopher Reeve’s words, “once you choose hope, anything is possible”. The day also spreads awareness about the need for early detection and treatment of cancer cells.
India has observed over 13 lakh cancer cases, and over 8 and a half lakh deaths in 2020 alone. The National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) has estimated that by the year 2025, India is likely to see a 20% increase in cancer cases. As distressing as that sounds, however, Indian Cancer Society has stated that many cancers are treatable if detected early and with the help of sufficient money. However, financial demands of such urgencies cannot always be met within the required time and may lead to a patient losing their life.
One way to increase affordability of cancer treatment is through crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the process of raising funds from people around the world. These people or donors are inspired and committed to help save lives of those whose cause they resonate with. Since donations entail no payback, it is a financially secure way of funding expensive and potentially long-term treatments such as chemo and radiotherapy.
For anyone that may be suffering from cancer or has a loved one that is, insufficient funding for treatment should never be the reason to hold off on medical expertise and life-changing cure. Crowdfunding is a growing practice in India and serves as a gleam of hope when it comes to medical fundraising, and ImpactGuru is fortunate to be able to provide a platform that thrives on hope.
Anusha, a girl with ambitions for the future, found her dreams slipping through her fingers when she was faced with a cancer relapse. Only immunotherapy and chemotherapy were her options, both expensive, so she decided to start a fundraiser at ImpactGuru. Anusha’s story resonated with many and donations poured in from across the country. Anusha was overjoyed and thanked her generous donors for giving her a second chance at life.
At a tender age of 3, Tashi from Assam was diagnosed with blood cancer and urgently needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Her father works as a watchman and invested all his life-long savings into his daughter’s treatment, but it was not enough. Upon learning about ImpactGuru, Tashi’s father decided to start a fundraising campaign on the platform and successfully raised donations from kind strangers across the country. Sweet Tashi can now live and dream like any other, thanks to crowdfunding and kindness of donors.
ImpactGuru is overjoyed at being able to help cancer patients in India and hopes to continue doing its bit in any and every way that it can. This World Rose Day, we wish all our cancer survivors and warriors a healthy and happy future!
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