We all know that cancer is the kind of disease which costs the diseased a fortune. Luckily our government has provided support in many aspects, the patients are somehow relieved up to some extent. At the same time we are also lucky enough to have tata memorial Hospital, one of the best cancer Hospital - cum- research Centre in india
, to avail the best treatment where the patient can avail the option for the treatment at low cost.
Unfortunately, the treatment is quite a bit lengthy which may take months to years for patients according to their cases. Here is the sad reality. In Mumbai, living cost is pretty much high which is the big hurdle for most of the patient families coming to avail the treatment.
There are several NGOs, trusts, organisations and noble individuals also who are putting efforts from their side to give shelter to the patient families with minimal charges or free of cost.Shankar Jana, as an individual, has also look initiative from his end to provide roof for the patients with some basic facilities
like clean rooms, shared bathrooms, common kitchen, water filter , lights, fans, fridge for keeping medicine, TV for entertainment and other basic facilities. These are provided with very minimal charges so that the patient family don't feel an extra burden for staying purpose. Mr Jana has started his effort by developing infrastructure of home sai cancer residence at Suri earlier in the year of 2012. Since then, he is serving the patients by providing every kind of basic facilities a patient needs. Not only that but he also tries to provide counselling to the patients at some extent possible from his end since the beginning
I came to know about Mr. Sankar Jana and his noble initiative during the second time followup in TMC for my father's treatment. My father is diagnosed with lung carcinoma in the year of 2012. Since then we have searched for shelters in many places in Mumbai for stay at reasonable price. Initially for three months during the treatment phase we opted the option for staying at Dada swamynarayan mandir, very nice place, for almost 1 month and next two months at the hall of a 2 BHK flat at ornet galaxy apartment opposite to Dadar BEST depot.
During the stay for the three months, it cost us around 36000+50000 INR. It was very costly. During the second visit we had to stay for 3-4 DAYS only so we have stayed at Swamynarayan mandir again but for the third followup onwards it took longer than expected so we have searched for better option and we came to know about Mr. Sankar Jana and his om sai cancer residence.
Initially we didn't like it from outside view but as time passed we started realizing it is the best choice for staying we have ever had. I am saying this from my personal experience of staying there. It is not lavish like the private flats and many other residences but it is the cheaper option and most importantly you will get Sankar da and his expertise, assistance and counselling.
He is a very nice guy with really helping mentality for the patients. Seeing his dedication in one side and the patients on the footpaths on the other hand due to lack of cheap shelter for staying I thought if I can contribute by my feeble effort with a fundraiser why am I not doing it.
As per providing shelters for the patients now Sankar Da has extended the work to GTB nagar also. Above all, he started it with the helping mentality as per my knowledge and observation. While developing the facility, he needed to take some loan, the interest of which has to be paid weekly is becoming a barrier in the path of enhancing the facility with lesser price and extending the facility to more places to ease the problems with having shelter for the needy patient families coming from long distance for treatment.
In view of this it is our urge to you for helping by any amount you donate for providing the shelter to needy patients. Even a single penny is very much helpful as no amount donated for donated for a good purpose is small.
Thank you for your time and consideration on this.Current facilities:
Basic water filter
Water supply 24 hours
Planning to extend the facilities:
Air conditioner( during summer patient suffers)
Cooking stuffs for preparing hygienic foods for patients
Ambulance facility and emergency service
Warm water facility
1. Most of the money is being drained to pay the interest for the loan which has been taken earlier by Sankar da for establishing the facilities earlier So the major part will be utilized to settle the debt first so that the money from the residence will be sufficient by itself for future up gradation. (Almost 4 Lakhs INR)
2. The rest amount will be utilized to upgrade the existing facilities and introduce new facilities like
Cooking stuffs for preparing hygienic foods for patients (will be paid by the residence money)