Lalitha Chandana Foundation was founded in memory of Lalitha and Chandana, the mother and the daughter, who fought cancer with courage and conviction till they lost their lives to the ruthless disease in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The foundation’s core purpose revolves around empathetic support to both patient and family at the time of shock and anxiety when diagnosed with cancer. Chandana, who unfortunately played both the roles, believed that being surrounded by such a support is fundamental in dealing with cancer. Embracing her idea as our very own we, family and friends, registered LCF in Dec 2014 with a mission statement to “Nurture a sense of comfort among the people diagnosed to handle the shock of cancer through awareness on protocol of treatment and on availability of services.”
What have we done so far?
With humble beginning in funds we started with researching on organizations that we can support in a small scale to get a sense of what exactly we can do. We started with need-based treatment support in 2015 and found a strong partner in Institute of Rural Health Studies (IRHS) that runs comprehensive care and support to people fighting cancer with services for early screening and diagnosis, counseling and treatment. Most recently in 2017 IRHS was able to leverage LCF grant towards (1) building awareness on breast cancer, cervical cancer and oral cancer in villages, (2) spreading awareness to government hospital staff on actual protocol of treatment, (3) screening of cases at an average of 100 women per week and conducting biopsies (i.e.,
5% of the cases) at the district hospitals. In addition to working with IRHS, LCF was also able to support individual cases through two other organizations Mission Hopp and Sankalp for treatment of 2 children suffering the disease.
Driven by our work so far and striving to deliver on the mission of the foundation, we established the following goals for 2019 and beyond:
(1) Reach out to at least 3000 women in every year through awareness creation and counseling in Hyderabad and three neighboring districts.
(2) Collaborate with existing service institutions for follow up of treatment to 3000 cases in Hyderabad and three neighboring districts and in meeting part of the treatment cost, where gaps exist in public health care.
(3) Extend need based support in treatment for 500 individuals per year, on a case by case basis, in response to appeals from other parts of the country.
How can you help or contribute?
Your financial help! We are finally at a point where we want to set funding targets to be able to deliver on our goals. We are kicking off our first funding drive to raise a target of INR 300K by May 31, 2019; the target date is around the 6th anniversary of Chandana’s passing away.